Fragile

Songfacts®:

  • The title track to Midge Ure's 2014 album, "Fragile" is a firsthand look at how an alcoholic thinks. Ure had gotten sober after spending the previous 12 years or so dealing with alcoholism when he wrote the song.

    "The opening line of the song is, 'You might as well have asked me not to breathe,'" Ure said in his Songfacts interview. "That's how it was with drinking. You think, 'What do you mean put it down? What do you mean stop? How can you possibly do that?'"
  • This song takes a look at how some people can seem unbreakable, when in fact they are very fragile. Ure, who along with his exploits as lead singer of Ultravox produced the "Do They Know It's Christmas?" single, was always one to take on a huge workload, which gave the impression that he could shoulder any burden. Alcohol proved his downfall, however. "We all have a breaking point, and my breaking point proved that I was as fragile as anyone else," he told us.

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