"Barely Breathing" as written by and Duncan Sheik....
I know what you're doing
I see it all too clear
I only taste the saline
When I kiss away your tears

You really had me going, wishing on a star
But the black holes that surround you
Are heavier by far

I believed in your confusion
You were so completely torn
Well it must have been that yesterday
Was the day that I was born

There's not much to examine
There's nothing left to hide
You really can't be serious
If you have to ask me why

I say good-bye

'Cause I am barely breathing
And I can't find the air
I don't know who I'm kidding
Imagining you care, and I could stand here
Waiting a fool for another day
But I don't suppose it's worth the price
Worth the price, the price that I would pay

Everyone keeps asking, what's it all about?
I used to be so certain and I can't figure out
What is this attraction? I only feel the pain
There's nothing left to reason and only you to blame
Will it ever change?

'Cause I am barely breathing
And I can't find the air
I don't know who I'm kidding
Imagining you care, and I could stand here
Waiting a fool for another day
But I don't suppose it's worth the price
Worth the price, the price that I would pay

But I'm thinking it over anyway

I've come to find, I may never know
Your changing mind, is it friend or foe?
I rise above or sink below
With every time you come and go
Please don't, you come and go

'Cause I am barely breathing
And I can't find the air
I don't know who I'm kidding
Imagining you care, and I could stand here
Waiting a fool for another day
But I don't suppose it's worth the price
Worth the price, the price that I would pay


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"Barely Breathing" as written by Duncan Sheik

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  • +4
    General CommentTo me this song is about a relationship that has been through so much, but yet and still the guy keeps holding on. It's like he's weighing the possibilities in his head, until the very end when he says, "But I'm thinking it over anyway" He knows that she is bad for him but he loves her and he is willing to try if she is.
    Pryncess33on June 28, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI believe this song is about true love...corny as it seems, that's what I think. I'm not talking about a fairytale love, but one where you have to sacrifice. It's like when you love someone so much, but the timing is so wrong, and you feel as if the timing is ALWAYS wrong. When you used to be able to depict every little thing until it finally gets to the point where odd ends just don't meet. You know that they really care, but it frusterates you when they show everything BUT love. You know that you love each other, but everything between the two of you just doesn't fit, and you constantly find yourself asking "why?" You wonder how it got this far, and realize that YOU brought it this far. You wanted it, and it's so over-whelming that you have no clue what to do. So you find yourself apart from one another, just to be together again. Is it ever enough? When are you not capable of not handling anymore. And if it is too much to handle, why do you persist on more? It hurts when you know that this could be it. This could be your last goodbye, but maybe it's the best for the both of you. Don't set yourself up for something you don't want, even if you're constantly questioning it. This song is basically about all the "what ifs" of a relationship. It's reality...and reality is telling me that this a really great song. Believe every word that it says. Think of it as...therapy.
    am_I_dumbstruckon April 30, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDig it. Feeling like you're being strung along.
    xmakesherflyxon July 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is almost certainly about that feeling you get when your dog slams his ballsack down your throat when you're trying to watch Football. We've all had it happen: you're sitting on your sofa, 16 beers in, when your dog leaps from behind you and slam his balls directly down your throat. They get stuck, he begins thrashing around, knocking your 17th beer over, and you're barely able to breath. HENCE, the title.
    AdamGulletson August 09, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think he knows he should stay away from this girl, but he can't. i know how he feels.
    jaxgrrlon January 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs... because from what I have experienced it holds true. In several occasions. It's obvious he doesn't want to let go something that's already falling apart. I have felt how you think you and that other person wants to work it out and still be together but how it's turning out, you get skeptical about how that person feels. Does that person really care? then if he/she is.. then why is this happening. And you are tainted with this problem, and like the other guy said too over-whelming that he "can't breathe." and about come and go... i guess she goes when she's mad at the situation but always comes back... u want it that way but then the painful cycle continues. you feel like a fool to have this keep on going.. but then you can't shake away hope.
    nightduston July 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI got the notion that it is a "friends with benefits" type set-up,but he's hung up on her and she's just there for a booty call.
    emuInAmuumuuon April 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, to me, is about a guy who finally realizes the relationship with his girlfriend that its finally over completely, after "on again, off again" with her for a while. "I rise above or sink below with everytime you come and go"~ i think this is saying that he wants it either to be done and over, or for them to be together. also "I dont suppose its worth the price, worth the price, the price that i would pay... but im thinking it over anyway" means that he's willing to give it another try, if she wants to.
    thewhitepony33on January 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my absolute favorite song ever written... the writer hasn't finalized anything... he's so confused. he's never felt emotions like these - yet he realizes they are not mutual... he doesn't want to let go of all he's found - while he knows the consequences might be great.... he tells us he knows this - but what are a few consequences compared to the intense emotions running through his head... he knows it's wrong - but he's thinking about it anyways....
    gsqwaredon April 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe is tired of guessing and wants to know once and for all where they stand in the relationship...either commit or give it up and move on.
    stacibugon May 14, 2002   Link

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