In the video The making of Colour the Small One, Sia says: "'Breathe Me' is about feeling worried, generally anxious. Being overwhelmed by your own inner dialogue and having some sort of conniption fit and potentially doing yourself some harm, then asking for help."
This tale of anxiety and self-harm was very real to Sia. The very night she wrote it, she attempted suicide by taking 22 Valium and downing a bottle of vodka, something she didn't reveal until a series of interviews in 2018. In 2010, she again plotted her death, planning to check into a hotel and take all the pills she had. A phone call from an old friend changed her mind and convinced her to get sober, which she did.
This was used on the last episode of the HBO TV series Six Feet Under
during a montage where it reveals what happened in the characters' lives and their deaths. This was the first time Sia got significant exposure to an American audience.
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This was released ten years before Sia started hiding under he famous wig. Even then, she did very little press and often suppressed her image. Her picture doesn't appear on the album cover.
In the years after this song was released, Sia continued to battle her demons as her career made steady headway. In 2010, she had some success co-writing Christina Aguilera's "You Lost Me," and the following year she authored David Guetta's hit "Titanium
." Her breakout came in 2014 with the release of her album 1000 Forms Of Fear
, featuring "Chandelier
." That's when she started wearing the wig.
The British producer Dan Carey co-wrote this song with Sia. Musically, it started with a groove from her rhythm section: drummer Felix Bloxsom and bass player Sam Dixon. Sia told I Like Music: "It always felt like a good song that one. Sam and Felix had put the drums and bass down, they played it all live together one night after they'd been to dinner, and I was really sick with flu and I walked in the next day and the track was there without me singing on it and it was just so sleek. I don't really listen to my own music. I don't think most people listen to their own music after they've recorded it. Some of my musician friends get really anal and listen to it all the time, analyzing it. But once I've done it, I listen to it once and put it to bed, but with that one I was like, 'yeah! Again! Again!'"
This was used in a gripping scene in the 2011 TV movie Cyberbully, which aired on the ABC Family network. It plays as Emily Osment's character - a teenager who is tormented online - attempts suicide. The song was also used in episodes of CSI: Miami ("Innocent" - 2004) and Veronica Mars ("I Am God - 2006").