"Breath" as written by Stone C. Gossard and Eddie Jerome Vedder....
Oh, tonight began with anything
Shaft of a light, a warm breath and a scream
Ah, yeah
Oh, tamper if you like between the doors
Oh yeah huh huh
Oh, can't expect to go out, to go out with anything, anything more

Oh reach the door a breath and a
Oh reach the door and a na na la la yeah
Life ain't what it's worth
A breath and a, oh reach the door

All these reaching hands out grabbing things, grabbing me
Day in, day out accumulating, ah yeah
Whoa, I suggest you step out on your porch
Oh yeah, huh, huh, huh, huh yeah
Run away my son, see it all, oh see the world

Oh reach the door, a breath and a
Oh reach the door, oh ah and a na na la la yeah
Life ain't what it's worth
A breath and a, oh reach the door

Come, here it comes, there it goes, when it comes
Where it goes, where it comes
Can't see through the faith, whoa
Ooh, come, here it comes, there it goes
Grasp what you can
Don't you know there's something inside your head, yeah

Oh, if I knew where it was I would take you there
But there's much more than this
Ooh, whoa, much more than this, whoa see the world, much more than
Much more than
Why?


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"Breath" as written by Eddie Jerome Vedder Stone C. Gossard

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song completely changed my life. Silly, I know, but Pearl Jam really had a huge influence on me. This song in particular gave me balls, guts, nerve - whatever - to leave a bad situation. Not a bad situation really... just not the right one. And move on - and now I'm seeing it all, seeing the world. Thanks, PJ.
    fnnkybutton January 06, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI like where eddie leaves the chorus open for the listener to insert whatever it is in their life that is holding them back from really experiencing the world. life ain't worth whats its worth. a breath and a ... (dead end job, destructive relationship, bad childhood, addiction) oh reach the door and leave these things behind and see the world.

    This line is also interesting.
    "cant see through the faith, whoh"
    Almost like eddie is saying don't let faith hold you back either. Maybe faith in the religious sense or maybe faith that something good will come if you sit and wait. Instead you need to get out there and find your own happiness. Let the world see the person you really are inside your head, not the person that someone else tells you to be. Someone else being parents, the church, peers.

    This line "if i knew where it was, i would take you there" is almost like eddie saying that one persons happiness can be anothers misery. So he can't show you where your happiness is, each person has to go and find it on their own.
    One of the great early PJ songs for sure.
    lookcloseron June 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of their top 5 ever. Was supposedly written by Stone Gossard while still w/ Mother Love Bone per Wiki. Aside from that, this is an anthem for my life and a deeply personal song. Reminds me of going through a period during college where I had a back injury and had to quit school move home for a year. All I could think about was how badly I wanted to get back to my life. This song helped keep me going and inspire me. I still get chills when Eddie screams "If I knew where it was, I would take you there" which to me means, he wants so badly to help you but only you can find your own path and take yourself there, but all he can tell you is, there is more than this i.e. "I am not sure what it is, but I know it's out there, and I know it's better than this - so never stop trying everything you can to improve your quality of life, and identify and follow your bliss." How? Good question. I say, be introspective, be honest with yourself, and most importantly, just TRY a bunch of different stuff out, and move on if it does not FIRE you up! Try woodworking, singing, surfing, working, traveling, loving, dancing, cooking, helping people, whatever - just try it all and your passion may find you.
    adzreon December 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the music in this song, especially the live version on the Covering Them CD. It sounds to me like its about life as a big adventure and not getting tied down to something you really dont need to enjoy live. PJ is one of the best bands in the world
    markoon May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthell yeah! makes me want to just up and see the world!
    ladybugon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best pearl jam songs. It's very motivational. Just get up and get it done!
    vedson November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I knew where it was, I would take you there...

    that is one of the best lines ever

    Great song!
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed. Great song.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood interpretations here. But I think it's interesting, 'step out on your porch'. Reminds me of Yellow Ledbetter 'can't you see them? out on the porch. but they don't wave.' So Breath is someone leaving their porch and YLB is them coming back in a body bag (dead). I don't think the two songs are really related, only Pearl Jam knows. ;)
    armanon May 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti trhink this song, porch, and yellow leadbetter have to go together cause of the porch refrense
    PJamfan90on December 29, 2005   Link

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