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Anna Nalick – Breathe lyrics
2 am and she calls me 'cause I'm still awake,
"Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?,
I don't love him. Winter just wasn't my season"
Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize,
Hypocrites. You're all here for the very same reason

'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe... Just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe

May he turn 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
"Just a day" he said down to the flask in his fist,
"Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year."
Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while,
But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it.

Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button, boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe... Just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe

There's a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again
If you only try turning around

2 am and I'm still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me,
Threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you'll use them, however you want to

But you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
And breathe, just breathe
Woah breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe.

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  • U
    - 1
    It's about living through our mistakes, she's singing of a girl falling for an older man realizing her mistake and having to walk through the criticizing society and I told you so's, where they have no where to judge. Of a boy whose chosen a path to hard to cope with drowning his horrors in the bottle for so long, yes he'll recover his smile tells her so it all takes time we are on that cable she speaks of with the hour glass glued to the table, and we all make mistakes and we are in the tunnel it's best to forge ahead not try to turn around and just Breathe.
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  • U
    - 4
    As with any art, the artist's meaning is meaningless. What is important - to us - is how we feel at the moment we see or hear the art.

    My interpretation at this moment is she is singing about all the times we want to help someone, but we can't because we are so screwed up ourselves. Think of talking to someone who just lost a loved one. What can you say? Nothing they want or care to hear. So, you just give them small talk, because deep down you are thinking, "Thank God it wasn't me to lose someone." You just breathe and hope this passes for them and never happens to you, but you also know it will.

    A great song about regret, missed opportunity, fate, and, ultimately about regrouping and going forward even though you know the deck is stacked against all of us. Just stop, plant your feet squarely, and point your head farther down that tunnel to the light at the end because as long as you are Breathing you are still playing the game.

    Definitely the best song on the album, but any single song that can make me buy a CD these days is a great song.
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  • U
    - 4
    It sounds more like she slept with a soldier who definitely has issues, is now pregnant, and is walking in the door of a clinic/hospital to either have an abortion or help with her pregnancy (I'm guessing abortion). Problem is she still feels attached to him because he has issues he can't fix. But, like all of us, I could be wrong.
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  • b
    - 4
    I think this song is trying to say that when life throws struggles at you that you have seek the silver lining out on a dark cloud. If you don't look through the rose colored glasses you only dive deeper into all the mess in your life. Life is only what we make it. And sometimes you just have to keep smiling and pull through the struggles, even when it hurts most. There is no solution to the problem, all you can do is go with the flow. So just breathe.
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    - 9
    Lyle Larue
    The song is also about writing, and performing on a stage. This is proven by the stanza that includes 'get it all down on paper' and continues with 'feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd'. The song nails how I feel as a blog writer, and comedian. I have this CD and I like how the art in it includes images that remind me of my first apartment after college, as Anna seemed to be going for the 'starving artist' look.
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  • p
    - 10
    Seems to me this song is about recovery (a la Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous). Got the one girl calling with her latest self imposed crisis (calling me because I'm a night owl). Walking through the doors to a meeting where everyone has the same problem but are a bunch of judgmental hypocrites. Then there's the guy who can't stop, won't stop drinking and there's nothing I can do to help him, not gonna reach out, gotta let it go. Can't go back and fix the mistakes - might as well keep going - not like you can do anything else. Write out the pain that's inside killing me. Or will kill me (will lead me to drink or use or suicide) if I don't exorcise it. Powerless over a lot of these situations. Just gotta breathe. Ride it out. Feel the feelings. And keep on going.
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  • U
    - 11
    I think it's about coming to a point in life where you wish you could escape and maybe start over. Anna Nalick says that you can't restart time "Life's like an hour glass glued to a table." If you could turn around from whatever you don't want to face, you would still make the same mistakes because you have to pass them again. I guess the message is to just keep breathing and see what happens until you ultimately breathe no more.
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  • U
    - 11
    This song is all about love. When you find yourself crying over a boy, you cradle your head in your hands and breath. At the end, your only going to make the same mistakes again if you don't move on from him (or her). I the first verse, it even says 'i don't love him' which also indicates that this song is about love. When she talks about her 'latest mistake, ' her mistake is her falling in love with a boy. That's what this song is about. (justin verlander.
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  • U
    - 15
    Clearly the stanza about ft bliss has to do with a soldier returned from the war to a country he no longer understands and finds solace in a bottle. Makes perfect sense. Wondering why the person who wrote the long explanation failed to recognize who and what she was referring. I guess it's a perfect example of how americans have no idea what the war youth of our country go through. Leave as boys and return as broken men. He has been drunk sink october of last year, since he returned from iraq.
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