"Still Breathing" as written by Shelly M Peiken, Taylor Rhodes and Meredith Brooks....
Home, it's not brick or stone
Or comfort in the firelight,
Not in that sense anyway.
Dreams, if only I had known
But these things always seem
So much clearer at a distance.

I'm walking out of this town
I'm never going back there,
I'm never going back there.
I'd burn the place to the ground.
I'm never going back there,
I'm never going back there again.

Words only could break that ring
You know the words still sting
So much harder than the blows ever did.
Heart, though it's hot and violent
My head is cool and quiet
As the ashes that fall from the sky

I'm walking out of this town
I'm never going back there,
I'm never going back there.
I burn the place to the ground.
I'm never going back there,
I'm never going back there again.

Now, I know this shattered feeling,
Trampled but still breathing.

I'm just waiting for a good day
I'm walking out of this town
I'm never going back there,
I'm never going back there.
I've burn the place to the ground.
I'm never going back there,
I'm never going back there again.
Never going back there again,
I'm never going back there again


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"Still Breathing" as written by Nick Rhodes Simon John Charles Le Bon

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    General CommentGreat song. I like the siren in the background. And my favorite lines are the second stanza and "Now, I know this shattered feeling,
    Trampled but still breathing".
    Canadaon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, my first thought was something about a child who had been abused, had a horrible childhood, etc, and is finally getting out. I don't know, seems too simplistic, especially for Simon lyrics. So I'm not sure, something about betrayal... If it had been an older song, I would have maybe thought it was inspired by the way the band fell apart, members leaving, etc, and how he felt abandoned, but determined to go on ("Now, I know this shattered feeling / Trampled but still breathing")
    talynnon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHow Simon felt during the Pop Trash years.
    Canadaon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like child abuse or a tragic childhood to me too but I don't think that's what it's about. To me, though, I Don't Want Your Love is about abuse, from the video, and Venice Drowning reminds me of Clergy abuse, it would be so like Duran Duran to write about that before it was popular ;). But no, I think this song is about Simon needing to regroup with the original band.
    Canadaon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, that's what I meant, kinda. On first impression, I got the tragic childhood vibe, but as I learned the lyrics, thought about it, I changed my mind. I like your take, "How Simon felt during the Pop Trash years", very nice.
    talynnon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI read an interview where he was talking about it. He said that the songs were based on personal experiences. He said something along the lines of how he had to do something and he did and he got the band back together.
    Canadaon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSuch a beautiful song, I hate my town right now this speaks volumes to me
    DjFlowon June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a very complex meaning. It is not easily explained. This song probably has a dozen meanings; it is just one of those songs. My interpretation of it is as follows. It is about having survived a tragedy, and about leaving the place of that tragedy either in emotional or actual geography and moving on. It is about how that is the only way to sucessfully move on with your life, and do the best you can do in the present, with what you have. There are not so many reminders of the past if you are not where it happened, either in your mind, or in that literal place. Sometimes it is not wise to meddle with the past. This could be about someone who had a tragic childhood, full of abuse. But that is too simplistic, really.

    The truth of several observations in this song are in my personal experience. Home is truly where your spirit feels it to be, and where people important to you are. Words sting harder than blows sometimes. You forget the the feeling of a blow, but not the words: they sting again and again. They are eternal: a blow only lasts a moment. The music is wonderful. Along with the lyrics it speaks of several truths, and a predominant feeling of tragedy and moving on from it.
    summer girlon August 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbest song on the album !!
    baitnswitchon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI do also think this song has several meanings and we could apply it to our own personal experiences...in my case I found it very interesting in accordance to a bad experience with my ex-girlfriend...falling is so many mistakes and the only way to recover from them is to walk away completely from them...start a new beggining, turn the page and start all over again from zero...wonderful song...one of my favorites from the album along with Sunrise and What Happens Tomorrow...
    mexicanfanon March 09, 2006   Link

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