"The Trick Is To Keep Breathing" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
She's not the kind of girl
Who likes to tell the world
About the way she feels about herself
She takes a little time
In making up her mind
She doesn't want to fight against the tide

Lately I'm not the only one
I say never trust anyone
Always the one who has to drag her down
Maybe you'll get what you want this time around

Can't bear to face the truth
So sick he cannot move
And when it hurts he takes it out on you

Lately I'm not the only one
I say never trust anyone
Always the one who has to drag her down
Maybe you'll get what you want this time around

The trick is to keep breathing
The trick is to keep breathing

She knows the human heart
And how to read the stars
Now everything's about to fall apart

I won't be the one who's going to let you down
Maybe you'll get what you want this time around
(the trick is to keep breathing)
I won't be the one who's going to let you down
(the trick is to keep breathing)
Maybe you'll get what you want this time around
The trick is to keep breathing [Repeat: x7]


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"The Trick is To Keep Breathing" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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    General CommentTHis song is getting though the hard times. The girl in this song is your average girl with a dark secret. The line "When it hurts he takes it out on you," suggests that her boyfriend, or her dad, or someone abuses her. This song is an anthem to anyone who is going though difficult times, wether it be abuse, depression, or what not, Shirley is telling those people to just keep breathing, to just hold on and wait a little longer, and things will get better.
    sentimentalf0olon June 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is based on a novel called 'the trick is to keep breathing'. i haven't read it but a friend of mine has and from what i remember her saying, it's about a girl who is engaged to a guy who beats her and she kills him and then escapes in a boat and floats around it the sea. or something like that. anyways, that's what i think...
    xpankfrisston July 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentA friend of mine was in the hospital with brochitis and anxiety and I said to him "the trick is to keep breathing." And this whole song just made a lot of sense.

    The "she" in the song is mental illness. It could be depression, it could be anxiety it doesn't tell people how you feel about yourself, it slows down your ability to make up your mind, it makes you scared of fighting the tide, you always have to fight it and drag it down, everytime hoping you'll get some relife, so you try to live with it, but you are always struggling with it and trying to stay positive and all you can do is just keep trying to breathe through it, just stay alive in survival mode. Ride it out till the anxiety attacks or depression subsides and is over. The trick, is to just keep breathing.
    vixey10153on October 17, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my theme song... shirley manson is my hero. =)
    erasethesunon June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like it too, but i dont really get wut she's meaning, like fo reel.
    Anyone know for real?
    jkdudeon June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell janice galloways 'the trick is to keep breathing' is credited in v2 so i'm guessing thats something to do with it... it's about a woman whos fiancee dies&how she deals with her subsequent depression
    maddiieeeon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm a guy, big Garbage fan. I probally cant relate to this song, but this song is really beautiful! Beautiful melody!

    Cant wait to hear their new album comming out soon!
    WhiteMagicon May 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is an encouragment to survive the hard times-''the trick is to keep breathing'', the trick is to stay alive.Sometimes it is hard to have a will to live in a difficult situation.But, this song reminds you that ''maybe you will get what you want this time around''.This song definetly speaks about a girl trapped in some sort of situation, perhaps one involving broken trust and abuse.The melody is the best part of this song, although the lyrics are appealing. This song has depressing subject matter, but a hopeful message. I once had someone tell me to never let anything get me down. This song has that message too, for everybody struggling with diffcult situations.
    summer graceon July 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me, "the trick is to keep breathing" means that the girl is on the verge of imploding, of beginning to scream at the top of her voice, which she does not want : she wants to calm herself down, which she manages to do by trying to breathe normally : you know, it's like when you are really really upset, either on the verge of crying or of bursting with anger, your breathing becomes difficult because your throat becomes narrower little by little and you can't help it. And you tries to control your breathing, and while you manage to keep breathing normally you can control yourself (I'm not sure I'm expressing myself very clearly hum :/ ). To sum up, to "keep beathing" means to collect yourself and to calm down.
    Auroreon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShirley wrote this song for a friend who was having a bad run of boyfriends.
    Deebson September 12, 2006   Link

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