"Breakdown" as written by Mariah Carey, Steven A. Jordan, Anthony Henderson and Charles Scruggs....
Break break down,
Steady breakin' me on down, break break down,
Steady breakin' me on down,
Break break down, steady breakin' me on down,
Break break down, steady breakin' me on down.

You called yesterday to basically say
That you care for me,
But that you're just not in love
Immediately I pretended
To be feeling similarly
And led you to believe it was OK
To just walk away from the one thing
That's unyielding and sacred to me

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath a disguise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

So what do you do
When somebody you're so devoted to
Suddenly just stops loving you
And it seems they haven't got a clue
Of the pain that rejection is putting you through
Do you cling to your pride
And sing "I will survive"
Do you lash out and say "How dare you leave this way?"
Do you hold on in vain as they just slip away

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the disguise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

It'll break you down
Only if you let it
Everyday crazy situations rocking my mind
Tryin' to break me down
But I won't let it, forget it (Forget it)

I be feelin' like you bringing me down
Taking me around
Stressin' me out
I think I better go and get out
And let me release some stress (Stress)

Don't ever wanna feel no pain (Pain)
Hoping for the sun but it looks like rain (Rain, rain, rain)
Lord, I just wanna maintain

Yeah, I can feel pressures y'all
But nevertheless Krayzie won't fall
It's over, it's ending here (Here)

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the guise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the guise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the guise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry


Lyrics submitted by Ice

"Breakdown" as written by Sean Combs, Anthony Henderson, Mariah Carey, Charles Scruggs, Steven A Jordan

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentTHIS SONG IS BOMADACIOUS!!!!! FoeSHEEZY! I think Bone thugs realy helped the song out! It's a tight Ass collabo!
    DownAzzChick22on August 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentadmit it.. people do this 'disguise' thing to make 'em feel alryt.. sad but true :(
    |mesh|on May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteverything i've ever felt.........lately
    dont leave me now7on June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is and can't live without you are my two favorite songs out right now because i'm in a long distance relationship, my boyfriend lives in england and i live in maryland and i only get to see him 3 times a year and phone him once every 3 weeks. we met down in the bahamas and really hit it off, like we had so much in common and so did our parents. we went to the movies twice and our families went out to dinner together twice. we had a BLAST. well now that it's over i'm really having a hard time moving on and knowing that i can't see him once a week and i cry myself to sleep every night just thinking about our memories together. so my friends that really don't understand this whole lond distance thing ask me how i'm feeling and if i miss him and that stuff just to make conversation and i say "yea i miss him but no big deal" because if i told them how i really felt then they'd be like your too young to feel that way. so when i'm with my friends i hold in the tears and i'm slowly losing my mind and dying of depression and not one of them have any idea. i love you ben!
    jenna1215on July 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, i think that everyone can relate to it, and the collaboration is awesome! I understand the fact she wants to express her feelings but she cant make herself do it after her relationship because she doesnt want him to know how weak she is.
    EcHOinMYeARon April 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti LOVE this song! its great.. Well I guess I'm trying to be nonchalant about it .. she puts it perfectly!
    Rosalie_69on January 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourites, and I do like Mariah a lot. Reminds me of the time I started to listen to it, after making love with the dearest friend of mine, and realising that it was more for me than just a one night stand, but not for him...so I kept on acting like it meant nothing, but I never quite got to be the same towards him, since I'm still broken about it, but nobody knows it.
    I hear this song and tears flow from my eyes instantly. "And I'm going the extremes to prove I'm fine without you, but in reality I'm slowly loosing my my mind, underneath the guise of a smile gradually I'm dying inside, friends ask me how I feel and I lie convincingly, 'cause I don't want to reveal that fact that I'm suffering..."
    Nobody knows I feel this way...but I'm slowly starting to show it so I can let go...
    Gabigson August 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis definitely is one of my favorite Mariah songs, it has an awesome beat and great lyrics. Bone Thugs and Harmony just make it better.
    Dannysheavenon December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey should add the BNTH rap lyrics, because they add a huge part to the song. this song got me through everything, and it's funny because after everything, i've gone back to this song to help me get throught this next break-up. the follow up to this song (where they "get back together") is Still Beleive with Krayzie Bone and Mariah. it's okay.
    forelsket segon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentfavourite song of mariah omg this song say so much
    Well I guess I'm trying to be nonchalant about it
    And I'm going the extremes to prove I'm fine without you
    But in reality I'm slowly loosing my my mind
    Underneath the guise of a smile gradually I'm dying inside
    Friends ask me how I feel and I lie convincingly
    'Cause I don't want to reveal that fact that I'm suffering
    So I wear my disguise 'til I go home at night
    And turn down all the lights and then break down and cry

    Verse

    So what do you do when somebody you're devoted to
    Suddenly just stops loving you and it seems they haven't got a clue
    Of the pain that rejection is putting you through
    Do you cling to your pride and sing "I will survive"
    Do you lash out and say: "How dare you leave this way"
    Do you hold on in vain as they just slip away
    madeline19on April 05, 2006   Link

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