"Breathe Me" as written by Dan Carey and Sia Kate I. Furler....
Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And the worst part is there's no one else to blame

[Chorus]
Be my friend, hold me
Wrap me up, unfold me
I am small, and needy
Warm me up, and breathe me

Ouch, I have lost myself again
Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found,
Yeah I think that I might break
Lost myself again, and I feel unsafe

[Chorus: x2]


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"Breathe Me" as written by Dan Carey, Sia Kate I. Furler

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  • +12
    My Interpretationfor me, this song seemed to be about winding up at a point in your life where you just feel so broken. when you're so depressed that you feel like you are about to reach you're breaking point. when you don't feel like yourself anymore and you cant really even remember what you were like to begin with. when you continuously hurt yourself in some way no matter how much you try to stop and there's no one who can take the blame for how your life is now. when you feel like everything is your fault. when you actually become afraid of yourself. when you need someone to keep you going, to give you a reason to live, so you're begging this person to just be there, to be a friend to you so you can feel like you're worth something again, like you're actually needed in this world.
    emmaisupposeon August 10, 2010   Link
  • +7
    General CommentMy personal favorite. I love this song. It's about being alone and needing someone. Such a vulnerable song, and the way Sia sings it... beautiful.
    FeyTHon May 12, 2005   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis song is breathtakingly beautiful. I'm currently addicted to it. I've no idea how the kind of pain she's expressing feels, but I almost feel like I do when I hear the song. For me, this song is about feeling worthless and vulnerable, really needing help but not knowing how to ask for it. My favourite line is also the title: Breathe me. I think that this line could have any number of meanings, but these are my favourites:

    1. She wants someone to understand how she feels. To walk in her shoes and feel her pain so she knows she's not alone (see Akiata's comment)

    or
    2. I think she's grown so tired, and she's hurting so much, that it hurts to breathe. She's too tired and wants someone to 'breathe for her', to support her. She doesn't want to have to control anything anymore, she just wants to be alive, but she's too tired to do anything else.
    fallingGraceon April 16, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationIt's written in a way that lots of people with different experiences can relate, but to me it screams cutting. The initial "Help" is like the panic that leads the initial need to cut, and thats why its followed by "ouch" in the next stanza. Ouch because of the stinging pain physically and emotionally that follows after she cut herself. And when she says "wrap me up" she's bleeding and so she need to be wrapped up - bandaged, physically for wounds and internally for her emotional suffering.
    sem3000on August 06, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General Commentyou can hear the desperation in her voice. i think that's what makes the song so emotional for me. i cried the first time i heard it. her voice cracks and it's just so fucking REAL. i love it.

    as far as the lyrics go. she's saying she fucked up and she feels worthless. she is desperate for someone to help her overcome whatever made her feel this way.
    of_sunshineon October 06, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHelp, I have done it again (cutting)
    I have been here many times before (saying it isnt the first time)
    Hurt myself again today (backs up the meaning of the first two lines)
    And, the worst part is there's no-one else to blame (she cant balme anyone else but herself for this)

    Be my friend
    Hold me, wrap me up
    Unfold me
    I am small
    I'm needy
    Warm me up
    And breathe me ( she doesnt really feel like she has anyone to love, and she doesnt love herself.... so she wants someone to love her and hold her and make her feel safe and happy)

    Ouch I have lost myself again (she did it again and she doesnt know why)
    Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found, ( the more she cuts away, the more she loses herself)
    Yeah I think that I might break ( she cant do this anymore)
    I've lost myself again and I feel unsafe (she wants someone to make her feel safe)

    **This is practically me. and this song explains me so well is almost scary.
    annaaloveexon December 11, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMy friend and I are dancing a duet to this, and the story of our dance goes like this:
    I have done everything wrong and my friend watches and tries to help. I brush her off, tell he I don't need her, fix myself, and then turn down the wrong path again.
    It's my favorite dance I've ever done and I love the message.
    dancing13on January 13, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis was a breakup song for me. Perfectly sums up the newfound vulnerability and trauma of breakup-ness.

    Something I could listen to forever over and over again. Everything is perfect, especially her vocals. I'd *highly* recommend the rest of the album too - it's all this breathtaking.

    Koprolith: describing the meaning of the line "breathe me" is quite difficult! My personal feeling is that she feels very alone, and she's begging for somebody to understand what she's going through. I think by "breathe me" she means "live in my world", "breathe the air I breathe", "walk in my shoes". Live and breathe me and understand me inside and out. It sounds cumbersome and ungainly when I put it like that - I suppose that's because the lyrics are so good!

    I hope that helps.
    Akiataon September 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think you are way, way off there buddy.
    Relapseron January 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis I kind of consider my theme song... I relate all too well to it and love it more then any other song out there. Its about self destruction... having something good and consistantly screwing it up eventually cause you subconciously just don't consider yourself worthy of having anything good in your life. Its also about the longing after you've screwed things up to want someone there to help you pick up the pieces and tell you its all gonna be okay. You put on this falsefront that you are strong and you can handle the situation but really you just want someone to break down the walls and really see exactly how fragile you are and how much you do in fact need their help after you've made a mistake.
    justanothersmalladdictionon February 01, 2012   Link

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