Breathe

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About Breathe

"Breathe" (sometimes called "Breathe (In the Air)") is a song by progressive rock band Pink Floyd on their 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon.


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1973
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Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care
Leave but don't leave me
Look around, choose your own ground
For long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all your touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be

Run, rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun
And when at last the work is done
Don't sit down, it's time to dig another one
For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave

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Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. more »

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Written by: David Jon Gilmour, George Roger Waters, Richard William Wright

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10 facts about this song

Album Origin
"Breathe" was released in Pink Floyd's 8th album, "The Dark Side of the Moon" in 1973.
Songwriters
The song was penned by all the members of Pink Floyd, but the primary songwriting credits go to David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
Musical Style
"Breathe" is noted for its bluesy style, featuring slide guitar work by David Gilmour. The song's relaxed tempo and mellow vocals make it a clear departure from some of Pink Floyd's heavier rock pieces.
Song Duration
With a duration of 2 minutes and 50 seconds, "Breathe" is considered a rather short song for a band like Pink Floyd, often known for their extended rock masterpieces.
Link to Other Songs
"Breathe" is thematically and musically linked to the track "Time," and both songs share the same chord progression.
Album Theme
The lyrics of "Breathe" fit the overall theme of "The Dark Side of the Moon," discussing societal pressures and the anxieties of life.
Live Performances
"Breathe" was a regular fixture in Pink Floyd's live performances after the release of "The Dark Side of the Moon."
Impact
The song's significance lies in the fact that it sets the tone for what is to come in the rest of the pioneering album.
Reprises
The song has a reprise titled "Breathe (Reprise)", which comes on the same album after "Time."
Cover Versions
"Breathe" has been covered by several artists in different genres, showcasing the song's broad appeal and timeless quality. Some notable covers include those by Scott Matthews and The Shins.

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