This obituary for a dead relationship was produced and co-written by former Eurythmic Dave Stewart. Perry recorded this with Stewart in London, England. In our interview with Dave Stewart
, he explained that he excels at writing songs with a melancholy kind of atmosphere, and cites this as an example. Says Stewart: "If you go to Katy Perry's album, the one really sad and melancholy song on it is 'I'm Still Breathing.' It's talking about a relationship, but it's putting it into a strange context. It has lines like, 'I'm still breathing, but we've been dead for a while.' You know, 'I think we're losing grip, let's abandon ship,' and all that kind of funny imagery mixed together."