Here comes another fall from grace,
I'm always falling on my face.
This attitude that I embrace,
For a love I'm trying to replace.
Try to kill this song,
'Cause the melody's all wrong.
And there's a fever, comin' on.

It's hard to reconcile,
What I've become.
With the wounded child,
Hiding deep inside.

Breathe underwater,
I'm comin' up for air!
I wanna see another dawn,
Comin' up for air!
Sick of the slaughter,
I'm comin' up for air!
'Cause I've floating here too long.

Take my ego for a ride,
'Cause there's nobody by my side.
It's getting hard to justify.
And it won't be long 'til I collide.
My weaknesses laid bare,
As people stop and stare.
But It's the last time, I swear.

It's hard to reconcile,
What I've become.
With the wounded child,
Hiding deep inside.

Breathe underwater,
I'm comin' up for air!
I wanna see another dawn,
Comin' up for air!
Sick of the slaughter,
I'm comin' up for air!
'Cause I've been floating here too long.

Stop breathing,
Stop breathing,
Stop breathing,
Stop breathing!

Breathe underwater,
I'm comin' up for air!
I wanna see another dawn,
Comin' up for air!
S-i-ck of the slaughter,
I'm comin' up for air!
'Cause I've floating here too long.

I'm coming, I'm coming,
I'm coming, ' coming
Comin' up for air
Comin' up for air!
Comin' up for air!


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Breathe Underwater Lyrics as written by William Lloyd Steve Forrest

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    My Interpretation I really only understand that there is like a struggle within himself and he's evoking his will to live and make it from one day to the other.
    Disgaeaon September 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI feel as though this song is about the how the realization that one is in too deep in alcohol abuse.

    Possibly drinking to forget someone and how badly they were hurt by the relationship.

    ("Here comes another fall from grace
    I'm always falling on my face
    This attitude that I embrace
    For the love I'm trying to replace

    I try to kill the song
    'Cause the melody's all wrong
    And there's a fever coming on")

    Then noticing that their life has passed them by, they don't really know who they are anymore, all of their friends have given up, and that the reasons for drinking do not retain.


    ("Take my ego for a ride
    'Cause there's nobody by my side
    It's getting hard to justify
    And it won't be long 'til I collide

    My weaknesses laid bare
    As people stop and stare
    But it's the last time I swear

    It's hard to reconcile
    What I've become
    With the wounded child
    Hiding deep inside")

    Breathe underwater- reference to being drunk
    Coming up for air- sobriety

    Jessitivityon July 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a man who has lost the love of his life. In the first verse he's saying: 'This attitude that I embrace For the love I'm trying to replace.' He's trying to find someone new, but since his attitude is in the way he's simply not ready for another relationship. Maybe he thinks it will fail, either because the new partner is not like his lost love or maybe because he's scared he'll lose her too.

    So every relationship he had since, had failed: 'Here comes another fall from grace I'm always falling on my face'. And added to that he's saying: 'I try to kill the song 'cause the melody's all wrong' which refers to once again feeling this cognitive dissonance that something's not quite right.

    He's killing the song because his new relationships aren't the same as the one he was used to. So instead of trying to work with the melody, he's just breaking up with his new partners. But he's finally hit a turning point in his life. He's fallen on his face one too many times, and he understands now that he can't stay underwater any longer. He needs to get out of that place that numbs every feeling. 'It's getting hard to justify And it won't be long 'til I collide' - he even sees where his behavior will lead to. His friends have already abandoned him because he just got drunk in self-pity or even in alcohol, and it won't be long until he collapses.

    Having come to that revelation, he's ready to start living again 'Breathe!'. It's a great song that shows how someone who's truly at the bottom finds his way back to life again. He recovers from a Worldview-Disillusionment incident and wants to find meaning again.

    I also love how the song begins with the image of 'falling' and ends with him 'rising'.
    StoriesinSongs.comon March 07, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THISSSS!!!! especially the "coming up for air" part.
    teenagewifeon June 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds more like "my weaknesses laid bare"
    but you never know lol
    Ashtraygirl3on June 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbtw the lyrics are "my weaknesses laid bare" as stated above and it's "I wanna see another dawn" not "I wanna see you knock the door"
    sirius43on June 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG. My favorite on the new album. Can't believe it hasn't gotten more comments. It's amazing.
    KTheLibraon August 11, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI feel like this song represents the end of a brutal relationship, and he's trying to make sense of things without her, and he feels as though he is no longer being held back by her, and freeing himself form her influence "coming up for air"
    tredderson June 11, 2010   Link

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