Album: Never for Ever (1980)
Charted: 16
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  • This is about nuclear holocaust seen from a fetus' perspective. He is still inside the mother's womb and he knows the bomb has exploded and he is going to die because he cannot help breathing in the radioactive air through his mother. We witness helplessly as he and the rest of mankind run out of air and die. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mariana Pinheiro - Lisbon, Portugal
  • Kate Bush (from Keyboard July 1985): "'Breathing' is about human beings killing themselves. I think that people smoking is one of those tiny things that says a lot about human beings. I mean, I smoke and enjoy it, but we smoke and we know it's dangerous. Maybe there's some kind of strange subconscious desire to damage ourselves. It would seem so if you looked back through history, wouldn't it?"
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Comments: 5

  • Kel from NederlandA bit scary when you consider that 6 years later a nuclear holocaust happened (Tsjernobyl)
  • Malcolm from Plymouth, Englandnice sampple by pink floyd a good song that reflects the decade it was first released
  • Merin from Brisbane, AustraliaRegarding this song, I agree with Lee and Geri. This song is extremely special - spiritually. Listen to it through headphones, while you're feeling peaceful. Listen to the harmonies.
  • Lee from Ottawa, CanadaA bit of a scary song when you really consider it's subject matter.The way that Kate handles very socially relevant topics like this one leaves the listener feeling her absolute seriousness and I think very few artists can make you feel a song so deeply.Best listened to with headphones so you can really hear a lot of the subtle background stuff,especially the sequence near the middle of the song with the commentary about nuclear explosions which sounds kind of like the soundtrack from a documentary film one might have seen in the classroom as a child.
  • Geri from Nova Scotia, CanadaAnother masterpiece by the great Kate Bush
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