"Breath" as written by and Mark James Klepaski Benjamin Burnley....
I see nothing in your eyes
And the more I see the less I like
Is it over yet
In my head

I know nothing of your kind
And I won't reveal your evil mind
Is it over yet
I can't wait

So sacrifice yourself
And let me have whats left
I know that I can find
The fire in your eyes

I'm going all the way
Get away
You take the breath right out of me
You left a hole where my heart should be

You gotta fight just to make it through
'Cause I'll be the death of you
This will be all over soon
Pour salt into the open wound

Is it over yet
Let me in

So sacrifice yourself
And let me have whats left
I know that I can find
The fire in your eyes

I'm going all the way
Get away
You take the breath right out of me
You left a hole where my heart should be

You gotta fight just to make it through
'Cause I'll be the death of you

I'm waiting
I'm hating
Realize
Start hiding

You take the breath right out of me
You left a hole where my heart should be

You gotta fight just to make it through
'Cause I'll be the death of you


Lyrics submitted by moesix, edited by Pawniac, Skoobasteve24, BlackNeko1425

"Breath" as written by Mark James Klepaski Benjamin Burnley

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song could also be about someone pursuing a girl, but the more he discovers about her, the less he likes because she is ripping him apart as he unsuccessfully tries to win her over..

    The more he tries to persist and keep chasing her, the more angry or regretful he finds himself feeling, which could begin to make him a colder person.

    Eventually he confronts her about whatever was holding the relationship or whatever back, and it fills her with guilt so she begins avoiding him out of regret or guilt for what she did.
    Psikouon August 07, 2006   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI know im on the way late train with this one but I just heard it and I totally love it. I agree with Artemisa - Kind-of. I think he is talking to himself. He is suffering from addiction. He sees nothing in his eyes but yet he knows he can find the fire in them if only his addicted self could sacrifice itself. The more aware he becomes of his addiction the less he likes himself. Is it over in my head means he doesnt know which will win.and let him have whats left. I know nothing of your kind - means he is in denial. He will not reveal to anyone not even himself his evil mind. Is it over yet I cant win- he feels weak and cant beat his addiction. lPouring Salt in an open wound is addiction. Is it over yet let me in- once again he feels week but after salt in the wound which hurts the most he gains confidence and demands to be let in back . Now for the chorus: sacrifice yourself - only one will prevail. let me have whats left-self explanatory. I know that I cant find the fire in your eyes his addicted self tells his true self. Im goint all the way- hes determined so get away - hes demanding - please -but still feels weak becauase addiction takes the breath right out of him and left a hole where his heart shoud be. You gotta fight just to make it through - hes gaining strenght over his addiction cause I will be the death of you. Hes going to kill his addicted self.
    Thats what I get. I liked tendos interpretation also.
    vickiofcaon December 10, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Comment"You take the breath right out of me
    And left a hole where my heart should be".
    "Let me in".
    Almost begging.
    Thia007on November 20, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Song Meaningthe song is about a guy who breaks up with a girl and is hurting from it ad he wants the pain to go away
    pabbh916on June 12, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti believe that this is about a relationship but the guy KNOWS that he's bad for the girl and he doesn't want to hurt her.
    "I see nothing in your eyes, and the more i see the less i like" that simply means that he can see in his own eyes that he's not right for her
    "i kow nothing of your kind, and i won't reveal your evil mind" that means that he's not as nice of a person as she is and he doesn't want to corrupt her and make her evil
    "So sacrifice yourself
    And let me have what's left
    I know that I can find
    The fire in your eyes
    I'm going all the way
    Get away please"
    here he is asking her 2 let him do what he needs to do 2 save her, that she needs to not like him anymore "I'm waiting
    I'm fading
    Realize
    Start hating" he's waiting for her 2 forget him and start hating him
    "You take the breath right out of me
    And left a hole where my heart should be
    You gotta fight just to make it through
    'Cause I will be the death of you" he loves her with all of his heart and knows that he's bad for her and that when she finally gets through the pain of him breaking up with her, it will b ok
    tendo87on October 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is so freaking addictive!

    anyways, for me i always get this idea about it being about an unhealthy relationship between a couple who keeps breaking up and then getting back together. However in general, i think this is really just about a bad addiction.

    :)
    spunkychickon February 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is obviously about a relationship that has gone cold. He doesn't see any love or emotions left from his girl ( I see nothing in your eyes) and he's love for her has turned into resentment or anger ( and the more I see the less I like). When he says " sacrifice yourself and let me have what's left" , I feel that he wants the girl to just put in as much effert as she can into the relationship and to give as much of her self to him as she can so he can have what's left. And perhaps he's tired of always being the one to give and not ever get anything back from her. And when he says " I know that I can find a fire in your eyes", he's saying that he knows she has it left in her to love him, like he knows deep down inside she still loves him she just has to find it again. I'm not sure if that makes sense but that's how I feel when I blare the song in my car. This is by far my favorite BB song, you can really feel his emotions in the song. It's like he's so desperate for her to just give in to him and try to make it work. Love it!
    Kkessellon June 10, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'm very late to this discussion but I'm thinking this song is about a woman in an unhappy marriage and he is/was her lover…and she chose the marriage over him. It’s heading for divorce but not quite there yet….and she’s stopped their relationship...maybe w/promises it will resume after the divorce.

    I see nothing in your eyes,
    And the more I see the less I like
    //her marriage is making her unhappy and draining the life out of her, and he’s not happy about it.

    Is it over yet?
    In my head?
    //he’s asking if it’s over yet, because in his head he dreams of it being over and they can be together, but maybe it's just all in his head.

    I know nothing of your kind,
    And I won't reveal your evil mind
    //he doesn’t understand about married people/married women, and how they would fight to save a marriage (stay in a bad marriage) when it’s obviously unhappy and emotionally killing her. Evil mind because she had an affair w/him(which only they 2 know about) and evil because she loves him but still chose to stay in the marriage, even tho she's in love w/him.

    Is it over yet?
    I can't win!
    //is it over yet? (you are still with him even tho it is making you unhappy. You love me, I make you happy. I can’t win!)

    So sacrifice yourself
    And let me have what's left
    //sacrifice yourself — give up on your happily ever after dreams; get a divorce. //you may not be a whole person in your eyes anymore, but I’ll take what’s left of you

    I know that I can find
    A fire in your eyes
    //he believes he can make her happy and full of life

    I'm going all the way
    Get away, please!
    //I won’t give up on you… leave the bad marriage, please!

    You take the breath right out of me //he loves her...desperately

    You left a hole where my heart should be
    //she broke his heart because he fell in love w/her during their affair but she has ended it w/him and still is choosing her husband/marriage

    You've gotta fight just to make it through
    //she has to struggle each day dealing w/the bad marriage, and being in love w/someone else.
    'Cause I will be the death of you
    // her thinking of him (because she loves him too) will make her even more unhappy and slowly kill her emotionally

    This will be all over soon,
    Pour the salt into the open wound
    //he's giving her advice...it will be over if...you end the marriage. he's telling her to cleans the infection...rip the band aid off; salt is an old remedy for cleaning a wound to keep it from getting infected…but it hurt like hell. So basically,he's saying...it will hurt like hell but it could be over if you just face it and end it.


    Is it over yet? //Again, he’s asking if it’s over (he just gave her more advice to end it — over now?)
    Let me in! //He’s getting impatient waiting for her…he wants in her life/heart NOW!

    So sacrifice yourself
    And let me have what's left
    I know that I can find
    A fire in your eyes
    I'm going all the way
    Get away, please!
    //repeat — give up the marriage, I will take you as you are, pain and all. I can make you happy, get out of the marriage, please

    You take the breath right out of me
    You left a hole where my heart should be
    You've gotta fight just to make it through
    'Cause I will be the death of you

    (take take take)

    I'm waiting //he’s waiting for her
    I'm praying //he’s praying she acts
    Realize //wake up — understand that the marriage won’t work - it needs ended
    Start hating! //telling her to start hating the marriage/husband b/c hate is a great motivator

    You take the breath right out of me
    You left a hole where my heart should be
    You've gotta fight just to make it through
    'Cause I will be the death of you
    loreleiion March 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHey geniuses,

    If any of you were REAL obsessive fans you would know that the lyrics to the third 'verse' (and I say verse because I'm not sure what else to call it) are:

    I'm waiting
    I'm praying
    Realize
    Start hating

    If you don't believe me look it up. I own the album (which has the lyric in the little cover booklet) or, look it up on Breaking Benjamin's official site: shallowbay.com/lyrics/phobia/…

    :PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
    ZukotheUnknownSoldieron June 24, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is very deep and emotional. I think it's about being in love with someone when you know you shouldn't be. It's about resistance and denial, loving and wanting someone so badly but also hating them at the same time because they don't feel the same way, or because they can't be with you. I think it could also be about being obsessed with the person you love, and having them consume your mind and thoughts. Because you can't be with them your mind turns everything into something that it's not, analyzing their every move/word and haunting your memory, and you wish your feelings would stop - for it to simply be over ('is it over yet, in my head').

    I can relate to the lyrics, especially 'you take the breath right out of me, you left a hole where my heart should be'. These lines explain the suffering and heartache felt by someone who is battling through an unrequited love. 'I'm going all the way, get away, please' - I think this shows the paradox of wanting someone badly, but also wanting them to leave and get as far away as possible because you know you can't resist them even though you should. 'Please' almost sounds like begging to me.

    The bridge of this song really hits home with me too - 'I'm wishing, I'm praying, realize, start hating'. It's the viscous cycle you go through in your head about this person. Wishing and praying you could be together or that they'd finally understand how you feel, then realizing it's never going to be what you want, then hating yourself for feeling that way and possibly hating that person because they will never be with you in the way you need. The scream on 'hating' in this song is so effective because it truly captures the pain, anger and frustration felt within when you realize everything but simply cannot accept it. It almost sounds like giving up.

    I could go more into depth with the amazing lyrics here, but it would probably take far too long. I love this song so much, and I love the fact that this band is able to illustrate such powerful emotion and longing.
    sapphire14on February 26, 2014   Link

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