"Remember to Breathe" as written by and Christopher Andrew Carrabba....
She fixes her lips
They always look perfect
Never a smudged line
Never too much

I try on my blue shirt
She told me she liked it
She wonders what I'll wear
She knows just what she'll wear

She always wears blue
Some sneakers or flip flops
I'm starting to panic
Remember she asked you

Remember to breathe
And everything will be okay

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"Remember to Breathe" as written by Christopher Andrew Carrabba

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    General CommentI really do not believe this song is as simplistic as most of you seem to think, as a very common theme people have recited is that the song is just about getting ready/being nervous for a date. The way he signs this song is too emotional and powerful to be conveying such a happy-go-lucky theme.

    Rather, I think the simplistic lyrics are to convey a point of shallowness he feels from his significant other. Also, she seems to care most about the impressions of people other than the two of them. Notice the theme:

    "She fixes her lips" "They always look perfect." These two thoughts are contradictory and also related. Related because they might always look perfect because she is always fixing them, but also she is always fixing something that already looks perfect. Clearly this person who he is singing about is very concerned with outward appearances, too much so it seems. Is she fixing the looks for him, or for everyone else? Probably the later based on the subsequent lyrics.

    The significant other also seems self-involved that she is nearly oblivious to him, probably because she is so worried about what everyone else is thinking. "She told me she liked it ONCE" She has only told him once? The emphasis on the word "once" makes it seem like she fails to notice him properly, maybe because she is too worried about herself and what everyone else thinks.

    And finally, "I am starting to panic" over a type of shoes. Clearly he feels he cannot be himself around her. Probably because he knows she is so concerned about outward appearances and the thoughts of everyone else. Panicking over a type of shoe to wear is not healthy, it either comes from a complete lack of self esteem or a great deal of pressure from another person, again based on the common theme, I think its pressure from her.

    Finally, look at her advice to him: "Remember to breathe." That advice is so vague and impersonal, that it doesn't even help. That advice might be helpful if he was running a marathon or having a baby, but not for the situation of the song. He probably mentioned all the pressure she puts on him makes him nervous, so she ignored the real problem (her) and just told him, oh remember to breathe and everything will be okay. She isn't observant to how he feels, which is probably neglected and pressured to conform to her idea of a "chic" couple or something.

    Perhaps the pain and emotion he expresses while singing comes from a strong feeling of love he had for her, but she loved herself more. Or maybe she was so concerned about everyone else that she ruined what could have been something special. I guess we will never know, but clearly the song is about more than just being nervous for a date.
    Natebond008on June 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere can I get this song?
    Gwenivere13on December 02, 2001   Link
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    General CommentYou can wait for the actual EP to be released Dec. 18th or get it at a show, or you can check morpheus and all those MP3 sites.
    Snipson December 11, 2001   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely beautiful song; Chris only is getting better... can't wait for a full length
    SiameseDreamon December 13, 2001   Link
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    General Commentthis is an amazing song...it didn't start out being my favorite on the EP, but it's moved up. they lyrics are so simple and so touching...and just so damn cute. boys that get all nervous are cute. *lol*
    cailinon January 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is one touching song. Thank you Cailin, im a guy and i get nervous on dates.. This song is amazing, Dashboard confessioan is amazing...Again i go unnoticed
    take care all
    Dashboardkid033on January 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heard the new EP and i thought it was a lot differant from all of his other stuff and i wasn't sure if i liked it as much. but then i got to this song... oh my goodness, i wanted to cry like i had just heard the Swiss Army Romance cd for the first time. So wonderful...
    Awkward Smileon January 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti tihnk all his songs have awesome meaning behin it. this song has an awesome sound and thats why its one of my fav
    curlieqz79on February 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIm sure many kids can relate with all Chris's lyrcis.. thats why I respect him and his music so much. I cant think of many other artists that can bring out so much emotion in people. Chris has a gift and I cant wait to see him March 6th. This is one of my fav dashboard songs.
    Dashboardbroadon February 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song like a fat kid loves his candy.
    SeAmLeSson March 26, 2002   Link

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