"Smoke" as written by Natalie Jane Imbruglia and Matthew Ryan Bronleewe....
My lullaby,hung out to dry
What's up with that
It's over
Where are you dad
Mum's lookin' sad
What's up with that
It's dark in here
Why bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is believing
I used to
My mouth is dry
Forgot how to cry
What's up with that
You're hurting me
I'm running fast
Can't hide the past
What's up with that
You're pushing me
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is believing
I used to
I used to
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is breathing
I saw you crawling on the floor
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is breathing
I saw you crawling to the door
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is breathing
I saw you falling on the floor


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"Smoke" as written by Natalie Imbruglia Matthew Ryan Bronleewe

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  • +4
    General Commentthis sounds stupid and over-analytical but it reminds me of abuse- a child hiding from the abuser.

    also, 90% of children that have suffered severe abuse don't cry because their emotions are suppressed- hence the 'forgot how to cry'. And with abuse, the memory stays forever- 'can't hide the past'
    ladyboygrrlon July 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti really dont know what it means to Natalie Imbruglia but i cry everytime i hear it for personal reasons...im actually listening to it now. ha.
    cherryXkisson May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a fantastic Natalie Imbruglia song. "Torn" was cute and I liked it a lot, but this song puts "Torn" to shame - vocally, musically, and emotionally. This song just has so much meaning behind it and there is so much conviction in Natalie's voice as she belts it out.
    MisSpiFFanyon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell where to start you are all wrong, her mother had a HORRIBLE smoking habit to the point where her father was "underneath the smoke in the room" ...DUH
    CheryLnKrystinAon July 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhere there's smoke, there's fire.
    Maybe her parents were having problems and her father was trying to crawl his way out. She asks where her dad is. Perhaps it's about divorce/abandonment? That could also explain the tears thing. Bleeding is believing, you're hiding. Maybe her mom was fighting Nat's father's escape attempt?

    Or not.

    :)
    ohkendraon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttotally agree but what does the song actually mean?
    heir2beulahon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about her dad smoking, getting second-hand smoke. Him endangering everybody around him with it. Maybe it's about lung cancer, maybe not that far. All I know he's down and drowned by the smoke in the end, so I don't know. I love her too.
    coldinhereon June 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's about actual smoking, because I'm pretty sure she herself smokes.
    kenbaon September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe the smoke is a metaphor - she can't see through it - i always thought this song was about the father perhaps leaving or something, and the mother misses him - the child is caught between the two - caught in the cross-fire so to speak... dunno... and what's with 'bleeding is breathing'? maybe it's like it's painful to live? dunno...
    festijunkon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment.. the whole "why bleeding is breathing,.. bleeding is believing" i think its about.. the more u feel the more u live whats life really about..
    the more we get hurt the more we realize how it works to live..to be here in this world..how ur whole perspective on life changes cuz of and through pain and failiors..and regrets and sacrifices..and the whole package pain can offer..its pretty sad..how most of us..have gone through really bad family issues...our parents getting divorced..the fact that no matter how they want to makes us believe they'll be there when we need them cuz "im here" they're not..they just leave us..as simple as that..and goin through that experience..we tend to be more selective with people..and how we tend to leave them 1st..before they have to chance to leave us..or hurt us..cuz we've been there done that..and we're not willing to go through that ever again..tough we will...cuz thats how life goes..people says it doesnt...but when our parents get divorced ..or something related to it..it changes us..for better or for worse..
    isobelon March 29, 2003   Link

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