I believe the first verse is of her being called by a friend that she is pregnant by a man that she doesn't love. So they go to an abortion clinic where people give her...
2 AM and she calls me 'cause I'm still awake
"Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?
I don't love him, winter just wasn't my season"

Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize
Hypocrites, you're all here for the very same reason

And 'cause you can't jump the track,
We're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl
So cradle your head in your hands

And breathe, just breathe
Oh breathe, just breathe

In May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
"Just a day," he said down to the flask in his fist
"Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year"

Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while
But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles
Wanna hold him, maybe I'll just sing about it

'Cause you can't jump the track,
We're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, boys
So cradle your head in your hands

And breathe, just breathe
Oh breathe, just breathe

There's a light at each end of this tunnel
You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again
If you only try turning around

2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer
Inside of me threatening the life it belongs to

And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
'Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you'll use them however you want to

But you can't jump the track,
We're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand

And breathe, just breathe
Oh breathe, just breathe
Oh breathe, just breathe
Oh breathe, just breathe


Lyrics submitted by dillan

"Breathe" as written by Anna Nalick

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  • +5
    General Commentdoes anybody think the first verse is about abortion? typical i know but that is what i visualize.
    Pink_duckieon April 06, 2005   Link
  • +5
    Song Meaningthis is what i believe this song means:


    2 Am and she calls me cause I'm still awake
    Can you help me unravel my latest mistake
    I don't love him, winter just wasn't my season.
    Yeah we walk through the doors so accusing their eyes
    Like they have any right at all to criticize
    Hypocrites you're all here for the very same reason.


    her friend calls her and tells her that she is pregnant but she doesnt love the father and so they go to an abortion clinic and the other people there are mentally judging her

    May he turned 21 on the base of Fort Bliss
    Just today he sat down to the flask in his fist
    Ain't been sober since maybe October of last year
    Here in town you can tell he's been down for while
    But my God it's so beautiful when the boy smiles
    Wanna hold him but maybe I'll just sing about him

    another friend just turned 21 and he is already an alcoholic and he is depressed but when he was happy he was a beautiful person and she wants to comfort him but she cant

    There's a light at each end of this tunnel you shout cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
    And these mistakes you've made
    You'll just make them again if you'll only try turnin' around

    2Am and I'm still awake writing this song
    If i get it all down on paper it's no longer inside of me threaten' the life it belongs to.
    And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
    Cause these words are my diary screamin' out aloud
    And I know that you'll use them however you want to.

    youll never get better if you dont accept the past and move on dont let the past eat at you or it will ruin your future

    her words are to be interpreted to fit into anyone's personal experience and to help them be free

    ley290on June 21, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI fell in love with this song the first time i heard it...just anna's outlook on the way life is and how we try to fix things that we can't...we can't go back to the past, we can only go forward...she's saying you just have to keep living no matter what it's your way because life's going to go on anyway...

    my favorite line is:
    "There's a light at each end of this tunnel, you shout cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out and these mistakes you've made you'll just make them again if you'll only try turning around"
    it's saying that you're stuck and you really don't know how you got in or how to get out. If you try to fix the past you'll just keep making the same mistakes!
    bubbly_chickon January 11, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI absolutely love the mood of this song, just the way she belts it out at "Cause these words are my diary screamin' out aloud".

    I personally get a sense of a woman (her friend) who's broken down and needs help that she can't provide herself. It almost feels like they're sitting in a waiting room for a hospital or maybe a counseling clinic when she says "Yeah we walk through the doors so accusing their eyes
    Like they have any right at all to criticize
    Hypocrites you're all here for the very same reason."

    It's like a whole bunch of broken people (including herself) who are all looking back on their lives and the decisions they've made, wondering where they're headed. Like for instance, a man who's an alcoholic with a son that he can't hold because of restraining orders, or even just he doesn't want to touch him because he might hurt him.

    She passes the feeling that we all need to lean on each other to make it through. There's no way to live this life if you don't have other people around you to hold you together when you're falling apart.
    thebrigon March 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhen I hear this song it makes me think of AA, or similar meetings, the lyrics work.

    "2am and she calls me cuz I'm still awake" kinda common when fixing addiction
    "Yeah we walk through the doors so accusing their eyes
    Like they have any right at all to criticize
    Hypocrites you're all here for the very same reason" Sounds like a meeting to me

    "No one can find the rewind button boys so cradle your head in your hands
    And breathe, just breathe, whoa breath just breathe" Sounds like what happens during a meeting.

    Maybe I'm crazy, but that's what I think of every time I hear this song.
    shakey3825eron October 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah i agree with you, i think youve pretty much got it down.
    groupie18on January 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti absolutely love this song!! the lryics are so great when you really listen to them... and i agree with everyone that said the tune is great!! heres what i basicly think that the song means - - >>

    2 Am and she calls me cause I'm still awake
    Can you help me unravel my latest mistake
    I don't love him, winter just wasn't my season.
    Yeah we walk through the doors so accusing their eyes
    Like they have any right at all to criticize
    Hypocrites you're all here for the very same reason.

    Her friend calls her because she's having trouble with a guy. They go somewhere (maybe a hospital or physiologist’s office) where everyone is judging them for being there. when in reality, these people need the same help that they do.

    Cause you can't jump the track
    We're like cars on a cable and life's like an hourglass glued to the table,
    No one can find the rewind button girl
    So just cradle your head in your hands.
    And breathe, just breathe, whoa breathe just breathe

    Here she’s saying that everyone is basically stuck in their life. Everyone is forced to move forward (the cars on the cable) and they can’t go back in time or change anything about time (hourglass glued to the table). You can’t go back and do anything different, so you need to except that and move onto the next thing

    May he turned 21 on the base of Fort Bliss
    Just today he sat down to the flask in his fist
    Ain't been sober since maybe October of last year
    Here in town you can tell he's been down for while
    But my God it's so beautiful when the boy smiles
    Wanna hold him but maybe I'll just sing about it

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Theres a man in the army that has a drinking problem. when she says “he sat down to the flask in his fist” I think that he is trying to get rid of his drinking problem. He’s been down when he’s trying to get over it, but he soon will be ok (so beautiful when the boy smiles). She finds something inspiring in him but it too scared to say anything about it

    Cause you can't jump the track
    We're like cars on a cable
    And life's like an hourglass glued to the table,
    No one can find the rewind button boys so cradle your head in your hands
    And breathe, just breathe, whoa breath just breathe

    (same as last time)

    There's a light at each end of this tunnel you shout cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
    And these mistakes you've made
    You'll just make them again if you'll only try turnin' around

    This is my favorite part of the song …. It’s saying that no matter how far deep into your problems you are, you can always get out of them. (theres a light at each end of this tunnel) but the only way that you can get out of the problems, is to change the reason you got into them in the first place (you’ll just make them again if you only try turning around)

    2Am and I'm still awake writing this song
    If i get it all down on paper it's no longer inside of me threaten' the life it belongs to.
    And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
    Cause these words are my diary screamin' out aloud
    And I know that you'll use them however you want to.

    This needs to be my second favorite part. She’s up writing this song, because once she writes it down, she won’t hold the grudge anymore and it won’t be eating her up inside. She feels very vulnerable because she is puttin her feelings on the table and she doesn’t know how people will take them
    krazziijennx3on March 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really love this song. The lyrics are powerful and the tune is pretty catchy too. I really like the line "But my God it's so beautiful when the boy smiles..."
    abercrombie07on April 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, when I get into it and actually listen, just about drives me to tears. It seems to capture the essence of life in general, the fact that you can't turn back, all you can do is find some way to comfort yourself, and try your best to move on ahead. There's no turning back that "hourglass"

    Everyone seems to like the Bridge the best, with the tunnel.. but personally, I much prefer the entire last verse, particularly the two lines "these words are my diary screamin' out aloud / And I know that you'll use them however you want to." She's making a commentary, on the fact that we (as listeners) will be making a commentary on her commentary. :-D

    This song (for now, anyway) is my "plastic bag in the wind". ;-)
    drego5on April 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI deffinately think this song makes reference to abortion. I dont really know how the part about the boy from Fort Bliss fits in, (well I have an idea but I dont want to butcher its meaning if im wrong) i did read on her website though that the boy from Fort Bliss is a real aquaintence of hers and that he is in Kuwait right now. Hmmm.
    alhsbm87on April 17, 2005   Link

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