"I'll Hold My Breath" as written by Elena Jane Goulding and Finlay Graham Dow Smith....
Breathe air you're not used to, tread floors you don't fall through
Make waves
You crash a symbol hard
Follow no one, always play the wrong card
Waste days, in foreign places
Shed lights, on your better side
Reassure me that you'll wait for me, wait for me as long as it takes!

And I'll hold my breath, I'll hold my breath

Until you see me in your dreams
We'll stay awake beneath the trees
We'll watch the buildings turn to dust
A sky of diamonds just for us
You are the risk I'll always take
The only branch I'll never break
Those fears we'll blow them all way

Fight fires in your best clothes, touch skin with your eyes closed
Chase thunder
With the volume down
Pack a suitcase, wonder to the next town
Force quit, on your losing streak
Solve a riddle in a magazine, be tongue in cheek
Tell me that we're still too young, that we're still too young and I'll my tongue

Until you see me in your dreams
We'll stay awake beneath the trees
We'll watch the buildings turn to dust
A sky of diamonds just for us
You are the risk I'll always take
The only branch I'll never break
Those fears we'll blow them all way

I'm here, I'm here to save you
No fall, I will swim to save you

Until you see me in your dreams
We'll stay awake beneath the trees
We'll watch the buildings turn to dust A sky of diamonds just for us
You are the risk I'll always take
The only branch I'll never break
Those fears we'll blow them all way


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"I'll Hold My Breath" as written by Goulding Ellie Finlay Graham Dow Smith

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    General CommentThis is my favorite song by Ellie. It's so upbeat and gives off such a hopeful feeling. I feel like she's encouraging this person she's in love with to go live life while she's not around-- to do things they probably wouldn't do normally. She wants them to "reassure" her that when they're ready for a relationship, they'll tell her, because she'll wait for them if they wait for her. It's a really sweet sentiment.
    abeestingon July 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, pretty lyrics. Reminds me of a long distance relationship. Travelling, experiencing, coming and leaving, defying odds, doubts, reassurance. It's all there.
    tunebabyon April 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. one of my faves off the album, it's amazing.
    kcxoon March 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti meant to leave a comment , not reply..



    everyone on the net has these lyrics wrong
    the ending part is :

    I'm here
    I am here to take you
    I'll swim, I will swim to save you
    No fall, I am here to catch you.
    I'll swim, I will swim to save you
    lizardqueensbon April 03, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionLine 3: You crash a CYMBAL hard
    Castaron October 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think she's anticipating a relationship with this person and hoping that he feels the same way. She'll do anything for him, even wait for this person.
    canuckgirl105on January 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBreathe air you're not used to, tread floors you don't fall through
    Make waves
    You crash a cymbal hard
    Follow no one, always play the wrong card
    Waste days, in foreign places
    Shed lights, on your better side
    Reassure me that you'll wait for me, wait for me as long as it takes

    And I'll hold my breath, I'll hold my breath

    Until you see me in your dreams
    We'll stay awake beneath the trees
    We'll watch the buildings turn to dust
    A sky of diamonds just for us
    You are the risk I'll always take
    The only branch I'll never break
    Those fears we'll blow them all way
    we'll blow them all away

    Fight fires in your best clothes, touch skin with your eyes closed
    Chase thunder
    With the volume down
    Pack a suitcase, wander to the next town
    Force quit, on your losing streak
    Solve a riddle in a magazine, be tongue in cheek
    Tell me that we're still too young, that we're still too young and I'll hold my tongue

    Until you see me in your dreams
    We'll stay awake beneath the trees
    We'll watch the buildings turn to dust
    A sky of diamonds just for us
    You are the risk I'll always take
    The only branch I'll never break
    Those fears we'll blow them all way (we'll blow them all away)

    I'm here, I am here to take you
    I'll swim, I will swim to save you
    No fall, I am here to catch you
    I'll swim, I will swim to save...

    Until you see me in your dreams
    We'll stay awake beneath the trees
    We'll watch the buildings turn to dust
    A sky of diamonds just for us
    You are the risk I'll always take
    The only branch I'll never break
    Those fears we'll blow them all way (we'll blow them all away)






    THESE ARE THE RIGHT LYRICS.
    animevgameloveron March 03, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaning"Breathe air you're not used to, tread floors you don't fall through
    Make waves
    You crash a cymbal hard
    Follow no one, always play the wrong card
    Waste days, in foreign places
    Shed lights, on your better side
    Reassure me that you'll wait for me, wait for me as long as it takes"

    This stanza, to me, is all about experience new and good things. It's exciting and different, and when she asks the person to wait for her, it seems as though this might be something new that she's expecting or asking for.

    "And I'll hold my breath, I'll hold my breath"

    I think this is one of the more important lines in the song (it is the title) and it's about waiting, which is what the song seems to be about. The theme and idea of waiting is seen throughout, not just when she says "wait for me", but also in the chorus.

    "Until you see me in your dreams
    We'll stay awake beneath the trees
    We'll watch the buildings turn to dust
    A sky of diamonds just for us"

    This is about wonder and waiting, how powerful their love could be. It is a speculation at this point, something that hasn't happened, but will eventually.

    "You are the risk I'll always take
    The only branch I'll never break
    Those fears we'll blow them all way
    we'll blow them all away"

    This is where she affirms how much she loves who ever she's talking to. The only one she'll do all these things for.

    "Fight fires in your best clothes, touch skin with your eyes closed
    Chase thunder
    With the volume down
    Pack a suitcase, wander to the next town
    Force quit, on your losing streak
    Solve a riddle in a magazine, be tongue in cheek
    Tell me that we're still too young, that we're still too young and I'll hold my tongue"

    This is similar to the first stanza, doing things that are odd and out of the norm, but seem fantastical and wondrous. The last line hints to wanting again — waiting till their older to be together, and even though she disagrees with this, she'll hold her tongue, probably out of respect and love for the other person.

    "I'm here, I am here to take you
    I'll swim, I will swim to save you
    No fall, I am here to catch you
    I'll swim, I will swim to save..."

    This stanza, to me, is a reassurance, tackling the issues of 'being too young' and waiting, for even if they are too young and need to wait, she'll be there, willing to do what she needs to in order to save her lover.

    This song is awesome and I love it, it's very simple but holds a lot of power and wonder.
    Ahamkaraon December 15, 2011   Link

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