"Breathe" as written by Alien Jourgensen, Paul G. Barker and William Frederick Rieflin....
Corporate causes with self-served denial
The raping of the land
The lungs malfunction
They never learned to breathe

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

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

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

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

Breathe! breathe, you fucker!

Lyrics submitted by kare

"Breathe" as written by Paul G. Barker Christopher Connelly

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY

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  • +5
    General CommentThis 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
  • +3
    General CommentThe 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 04, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about really fucked up shit!
    phasetransitionon September 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe 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
  • 0
    General Commentwhen 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 Commentthe live version of this song from the video (with the two drummers) is absolutely insane!
    monkeycatton March 12, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General Commentconnelly is ministry
    slevletteon April 10, 2007   Link

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