Just Breathe

I remember sitting in my corner dorm room on the light blue carpet, blanket spread out, eating dinner and talking with M. Pearl Jam playing in the background, the Ten album. Eddie Vedder and his deep, unique voice. Lyrics that made you think and feel deeply, ones which sparked many a conversation between us. Those lyrics and that voice always kept us coming back. We bought it all, we listened to it all and talked about it. We still do.

In all our years, I’ve never seen such a deeply emotional reaction from M when he listened to any song, not just a Pearl Jam song. This one hit home, for me too. I can’t even listen to it without tears anymore. In the most simplest of terms, with an honest, acoustic tune, in less than 4 minutes, we are reminded of so many things.

Just Breathe, by Pearl Jam

Yes, I understand that every life must end, uh-huh
As we sit alone, I know someday we must go, uh-huh
Oh I’m a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones I love
Some folks just have one, yeah, others, they’ve got none

Stay with me…
Let’s just breathe…

Practiced all my sins, never gonna let me win, uh-huh
Under everything, just another human being, uh-huh
I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world to make me bleed

Stay with me
You’re all I see…

Did I say that I need you?
Did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me

As I come clean…
I wonder everyday, as I look upon your face, uh-huh
Everything you gave
And nothing you would save, oh no

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave…

Did I say that I need you?
Oh, did I say that I want you?
Oh, if I didn’t I’m a fool you see
No one knows this more than me
And I come clean, ah…

Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me til I die
Meet you on the other side……

Just Breathe.

10 thoughts on “Just Breathe

  1. This is pure and beautiful. The lyrics. The way you share this together. The understanding. This song makes me emotional too. I am so glad you shared this with us.
    (And on a side note, I also like PJ’s “Sirens”…not as powerful, but good)

    love to you and yours…
    -lj

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