"Breakaway" as written by and Matthew R.t./benenate Gerrard....
Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I'd just stare out my window
Dreamin' of what could be
And if I'd end up happy
I would pray

Trying hard to reach out
But when I tried to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me
Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here
So I pray
I could breakaway

I'll spread my wings, and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget all the ones that I love
I'll take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway

Want to feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get on board a fast train
Travel on a jet plane
Faraway
And breakaway

I'll spread my wings, and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I'll make a wish, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
I won't forget all the ones that I love
I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway

Buildings with a hundred floors
Swinging 'round revolvin' doors
Maybe I don't know where they take me
But gotta keep movin' on
Movin' on
Fly away
Breakaway

I'll spread my wings, and I'll learn how to fly
Though it's not easy to tell you goodbye
I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget the place I come from
I gotta take a risk, take a chance, make a change
And breakaway
Breakaway
Breakaway


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"Breakaway" as written by Matthew R.t./benenate Gerrard

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think the song is about changing your life for the better, it's about making changes that will allow you to live your life as happiest as possible. I'm going to try to find a general and relatable meaning behind the song rather than a literal and specific one.

    Grew up in a small town - My take on this is that she grew up being a minority, there was something that made her life harder than most people. We can go as far as defining her as an underdog. Perhaps she was an introvert, shy, anything really, it's phrased to be as relatable as possible.

    And when the rain would fall down
    I'd just stare out my window

    The word rain implies sadness, the rain in the lyrics represents those moments when everything came crashing down. The verse "I'd just stare at her window" implicates that whenever she was faced with such moments she would just hope things would change, that deep down she wanted to make a change in her life but at the same time she lacked the initiative, she would just stare she wouldn't actually try to grab what was behind it.

    Dreamin' of what could be
    And if I'd end up happy

    This verse talks about her desires, she's imaging her life could potentially be, and at the same time she's wondering is she will ever be happy.

    I would pray

    There are many ways to interpret this, my take is that again she lacked initiative to change her life, "she'd pray" it implies hoping someone would change her life for her, she was just waiting for her life to change rather than taking the initiative herself.

    Trying hard to reach out
    But when I tried to speak out
    Felt like no one could hear me
    Wanted to belong here
    But something felt so wrong here

    I think this relates to the first verse of the song, it's about living as a minority and not being heard nor understood by people. It's about being alone and feeling different from other people. It implies she lived under other people's shadows that she's unhappy in general.

    I'll spread my wings, and I'll learn how to fly
    I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
    And I'll make a wish
    Take a chance
    Make a change
    And breakaway

    I think the chorus is the most important part of the song, it's about finally taking initiative and changing your life for the better. She's going to "spread her wings and learn how to fly", she wants to be free from whatever is holding her back, she wants to grab all the endless possibilities that are ahead of her, she's making wish and actually trying to fulfill it. She will breakaway from whatever is holding her back.

    Out of the darkness and into the sun
    But I won't forget all the ones that I love

    Darkness represents all the negative stuff in her life and she's telling us that she will finally walk into a happier phase of her life, but that she refuses to leave behind the people she loves. I think she's mainly talking about her family, she's telling us that even if we decide to change our lives we shouldn't forget about the people helped us walk through it.

    Want to feel the warm breeze
    Sleep under a palm tree
    Feel the rush of the ocean
    Get on board a fast train

    All the situations she described are basically phsyical "dreamy" representations of happiness, this part of the song is about her expressing her strong desire to be happy.

    Buildings with a hundred floors
    Swinging 'round revolvin' doors
    Maybe I don't know where they take me

    This part of the song talks about the endless paths the changes in her life could take her, she's trying to be a bit more realistic and honestly tell us that she doesn't know what will happen from now on.

    But gotta keep movin' on
    Movin' on
    Fly away
    Breakaway

    She concludes by telling us that whatever happens, she will keep going on, and that regardless of what happens she will be find a way to be happy and fulfill her wishes.

    This is truly an amazing and inspiring song, that basically everyone can relate to.
    Arc66on August 21, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTHIS SONG KICKS SOME SERIOUS ASS!!!!
    Aquariuson December 18, 2004   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song is about letting yourself go. You have many stressful things in your life and you just need to let go. She says "Spread your wings and learn how to fly", meaning, to get away and find yourself.
    The bridge in this song is really important."Buildings with 100 floors, swinging around revolving doors, baby I don't know where they'll take me." This means that she needs to follow the path and go with the flow, and cant take any pressure anyone gives to her.
    The chorus is the most important because she knows that getting away from everything that brings darkness in her life is very hard, but she needs to spread her wings, and take a risk, because she needs to now. She won't forget about the ones she loves and bring happiness, but she needs to get away from everything for now.
    The second verse is important too because it talks about everything that will bring you happiness, and what you want to do and what you think is happiness.

    Basically, this song is telling you to find yourself. When you feel like you are going to explode, just breakaway. Because it's a risk to just get away from everyone, and just fade away. That its okay to cry when you want to breakdown, that, it's okay. You need to get out of all the darkness in your life, and move away. Then when you're strong enough, you can comeback. You let the wind take you, and as the song says, Breakaway. You let fate do its job. As the chorus says, it's not easy to say goodbye, but you need to go, because it's better for you, to feel better. Therefore, you just to Breakaway and find yourself.
    musicalgirl321on May 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Now make a wish, take a chance, make a change."

    Even though she is too "POP" for me... this song is really cute.
    bebe0526on September 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't care.. like I'm not a total fan of Kelly, or like any pop or whatever. But the lyrics are so heartfelt and real, atleast to me, so I just had to like the song, no matter if I'm not into this or what. It's a cute song.
    Saddest Girl Storyon October 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI loved this song. I'm getting a little tired of it from hearing it all the time on the radio. But it does have a good message. Take a risk, take a chance, make a change. Great song.
    morgz0102on March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah kinda pop,,,,, but ish still awesome IVE BEEN CALLED GAY FOR LIKING THIS SONG BUT WHO FREAKING CARES CUZ IT ROCKS !
    FridayThe13thNikon September 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently this was co-written by Avril Lavigne. now i dont like avril, cause she acts hardcore but sings pop, but i do like this song. and im a guy who can admit this. i am usually more into heavier or more acoustic stuff. This song just, sounds good comming from Kelly. i persoanally think that if avril were to have done this song, it would have sucked.
    burntfireon September 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBurntfire i agree with you 100% Avril pisses me of so bad, but this song rox, if avril had sung it, i would have burned all CD's.
    millionaireon September 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rocks.... everytime it comes on the radio on the bus i am like the only person singing it but i don't care cause this song really gets to me... and i think that is a guy can like it whats not to like about this song... if avril sung this song she probably would have maide it too hardcore.... i'm glad kelly sung it instead of avril.... cause avril can't sing slow songs like this one....
    UnNoTiCeD14on October 17, 2004   Link

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