My lullaby,hung out to dry
What's up with that
It's over
Where are you dad
Mum's lookin' sad
What's up with that
It's dark in here
Why bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is believing
I used to
My mouth is dry
Forgot how to cry
What's up with that
You're hurting me
I'm running fast
Can't hide the past
What's up with that
You're pushing me
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is believing
I used to
I used to
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is breathing
I saw you crawling on the floor
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is breathing
I saw you crawling to the door
Why , bleeding is breathing
You're hiding , underneath the smoke in the room
Try , bleeding is breathing
I saw you falling on the floor


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"Smoke" as written by Natalie Imbruglia Matthew Ryan Bronleewe

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  • +5
    General Commentthis sounds stupid and over-analytical but it reminds me of abuse- a child hiding from the abuser.

    also, 90% of children that have suffered severe abuse don't cry because their emotions are suppressed- hence the 'forgot how to cry'. And with abuse, the memory stays forever- 'can't hide the past'
    ladyboygrrlon July 01, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti really dont know what it means to Natalie Imbruglia but i cry everytime i hear it for personal reasons...im actually listening to it now. ha.
    cherryXkisson May 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a fantastic Natalie Imbruglia song. "Torn" was cute and I liked it a lot, but this song puts "Torn" to shame - vocally, musically, and emotionally. This song just has so much meaning behind it and there is so much conviction in Natalie's voice as she belts it out.
    MisSpiFFanyon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell where to start you are all wrong, her mother had a HORRIBLE smoking habit to the point where her father was "underneath the smoke in the room" ...DUH
    CheryLnKrystinAon July 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhere there's smoke, there's fire.
    Maybe her parents were having problems and her father was trying to crawl his way out. She asks where her dad is. Perhaps it's about divorce/abandonment? That could also explain the tears thing. Bleeding is believing, you're hiding. Maybe her mom was fighting Nat's father's escape attempt?

    Or not.

    :)
    ohkendraon September 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment.. the whole "why bleeding is breathing,.. bleeding is believing" i think its about.. the more u feel the more u live whats life really about..
    the more we get hurt the more we realize how it works to live..to be here in this world..how ur whole perspective on life changes cuz of and through pain and failiors..and regrets and sacrifices..and the whole package pain can offer..its pretty sad..how most of us..have gone through really bad family issues...our parents getting divorced..the fact that no matter how they want to makes us believe they'll be there when we need them cuz "im here" they're not..they just leave us..as simple as that..and goin through that experience..we tend to be more selective with people..and how we tend to leave them 1st..before they have to chance to leave us..or hurt us..cuz we've been there done that..and we're not willing to go through that ever again..tough we will...cuz thats how life goes..people says it doesnt...but when our parents get divorced ..or something related to it..it changes us..for better or for worse..
    isobelon March 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit sounds like the cries of a cutter. neglect and abuse have taken their toll and now she's crying for her parents to help her, but to no avail.

    "bleeding is breathing"
    pain is the only way to feel, as one can no longer feel emotions.

    "bleeding is believing"
    to believe one still exists, to feel pain.
    lord decayon October 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely love this song, it's so beautiful. My best friend gave it to me because she liked it and now I'm in love with this song! Heh.

    I don't know what the song means though....
    lacie2cuteon December 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentseriously this is such a good song, yeah one of her best. It seems to be about physical/emotional abuse: "Why, Bleeding is breathing", "Why, Bleeding is believing". I think it means: do you really need to bleed to know you are alive? Like is that the way to live, with her father hitting her and her mom 'hiding underneath the smoke.
    indigo_bluon February 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI always thought it's about a child who's lost her father in a fire, hence "Where are you Dad?" I don't think she understands what's happened to him, she thinks he was "hiding underneath the smoke in the room" rather than dying, and maybe the "pushing me" could be her mother trying to help her escape...I dunno ^_^;

    Awesome song tho :)
    Lederinon May 11, 2009   Link

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