"Breathe" as written by and Nathan R Young Christian E Mcalhaney....
This is surrender
To a war-torn life I've lived.
Scars and stripes forever
In need of change I can't resist.

No need to hide anything anymore.
Can't return to who I was before.

[Chorus]
I can finally breathe.
Suddenly alive.
I can finally move.
The world feels revived.

This long of a struggle
Finally opened up my eyes.
Revolution's not easy
With a Civil War on the inside.

No need to hide anything anymore.
Can't return to who I was before.

I can finally breathe.
Suddenly alive.
I can finally move.
Cause I realize.

[Chorus]

I can finally breathe.
Suddenly alive.
I can finally move.
Cause I realize.

[Chorus: x2]


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"Breathe" as written by Christian Edwin Mcalhaney Stephen Christian Arnold

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  • +2
    General Commentthis is probably the track that lead to the album title and what Stephen was refering to in the explanation (New Surrender):

    "We will all come to the point in our life where we have to admit that we feel defeated, that something has conquered us. We must change, not because we want to, but because we desperately have to. We can not take life in its current suffocating state, even to admit such desperation shows that we are feeling deserted, wandering the barren desert, a shell of our former selves. It is only up from here, it is impossible to sink any lower into ourselves or our circumstances. But we can be salvaged, a deliverance. No vice can stand, no fix can take. The thorn in the side can be removed, but you have to be willing to admit and surrender. Surrender your habits, your lifestyle, your past, your present, and your future. This is your new surrender. The new surrender."

    just for those who haven't read it yet ^^
    mfg
    Conversedon August 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty straightforward. Finally breaking free.

    This song is awesome.
    zwanneon August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis album is awesome, but it also seems to be a little more "happy-go-lucky" than cities.

    still good song, who cares about the meaning
    fatchicksean09on September 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. this song seems to be about just being yourself... thats how i see it. you've broken free of how the world wanted you to be.. and now you're free to be who you were meant to be. of course this was only after going through so much.. revolution, war, struggles.. wow. thankyou anberlin :)
    taboo_angelon September 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho cares about the meaning?!? I've only just heard the song for the first time but meaning is something that really seems to be marking this album. I have loved Anberlin but the songs have seemed fairly shallow (with exceptions of course) until this album. Music without meaning gets old really fast. This is a great song about... well surrender. Meaning is everything.
    topskankeron September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVictory through surrender (Matthew 10:39)
    topskankeron September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfatchicksean09, really? more happy go lucky? I found Cities to be a little angry, and New Surrender to be a little sad/emo.
    sweetsongson September 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the meaning of this song is fairly obvious, haha.
    Having so many things going on inside your head,
    and then finally getting it straight,
    & therefore being able to "breathe."
    Seeing the world in a new way because you can see it more clearly.
    OoohShinyon October 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@sweetsongs, Truth be told, I've felt like the music told more of a story in previous albums. On New Surrender, I feel like the lyrics are telling a story, but the music feels a little more manufactured. I would tend to agree with fatchicksean09 that New Surrender is much lighter than Cities.
    calliton October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttopskanker your so wrong!!
    anberlin has always had deep songs, if you only took the time to pay attention.
    "so tired of writing songs where people listen and dont know whats going on"
    NaRich2010on October 30, 2008   Link

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