Breathe!

Corporate causes with self-served denial
The raping of the land
Collapse
The lungs malfunction
They never learned to breathe

Breathe!

Rusted syringes and half-thought disposal
A burial at sea
Waste water graveyard
Swimming in disease

Breathe!

This is the world
It's not working
This is this earth

Breathe! Breathe, you fucker!

Children gasping the second-hand air
Death and desperation
We've got to cut the lies with truth
We breathe

Breathe!

This is the world
The clock's ticking
Is this this earth?

Breathe! Breathe, you fucker!

Hope springs eternal but there's no conviction
Action mistaken for ransom is paid
All this concern is the true contradiction
The world is insane

Breathe!

This is the world
It's got no future
Is this this earth?

Breathe! Breathe, you fucker!


Lyrics submitted by kare, edited by DanVitaleRocks

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  • +6
    General Comment

    This one is a pro-enviroment song which warns the listener about the outcomes of present corporate-guided actions in the world.

    What I like the most about this song is its tone: it's not hippie nor sad. It's a threat. A threat of what will come from human insane predatory behavior.

    Alienoon January 15, 2007   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    The sad irony of this song is it still applies today. And things really haven't improved IMO. This is the world!! It's not working!! This is this Earth!! Yeah, still powerful today.

    mwanteroon March 05, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    the idea for this song came about when someone passed out in the studio and al started screaming "breathe, you fucker!" at him.

    sugarmagikon April 26, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It's about really fucked up shit!

    phasetransitionon September 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song Fact

    The sample at the beginning of the song is from the film "Cry Freedom".

    otispanon June 04, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    when i discovered ministry, i orgasmed. they're a little repetative, but all the while awesome. i don't know the meaning, i just know this song is amazing.

    rivotskickmyhaton April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    the live version of this song from the video (with the two drummers) is absolutely insane!

    monkeycatton March 12, 2013   Link
  • -3
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    connelly is ministry

    slevletteon April 10, 2007   Link

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