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Nickelback: Breathe Meaning


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Song Released: 2000

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Two men started walkin', started talkin' 'bout better days.
One says to the other we'd do it all again since I knew I would.

And now I found it, found I adored it.
I didn't want this. Can somebody help me see?
And now I feel that, feel...


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    Aug 20th, 2013 8:43pm report

    It is about a rivalry in the younger days of two men. One man seemed to overshadow everything that the other did, he seemed to do everything better. The other man wanted so much to be like him, but no matter what he did, he still came up short. Years later, when they met up again, with bad memories faded into the past, they began to make amends. The "inferior" man began to say everything that has troubled him about himself, only to realize that that it is what made him who he is today, and he is proud of that. He needed to realize that he is who he is and everybody has their share of problems, no matter how "perfect" they are.


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    Aug 3rd, 2012 8:25pm report

    First of all, I think that 'The State' is my favorite Nickelback album. I bought it back in 2001 and still listen to songs from the album frequently.

    That being said, I'm a singer songwriter myself and realize that it can be extremely difficult to read into the meaning of lyrics and even more difficult to get the meaning right.

    Anyhow, after having just read over them again I think the song may be about a man literally on his dying bed perhaps sharing the room with an old friend or stanger. They are both men and are talking back about the old days.

    Those thoughts get his heart racing and then he finds himself having a hard time breathing!

    At one point his train of thought he seems to veer off to remember a beautiful woman whom he obviously had strong feelings for. She was so perfect in his eyes that he admired her very much.

    Then the thoughts of her again get him excited and he finds it hard to breathe again!

    If you have other ideas, I'd love to read them. Thanks!


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