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"Breathe No More"
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Released November 22, 2004 (Anywhere but Home)

January 11, 2005 (Elektra Soundtrack)

December 6, 2016 (Lost Whispers)
Length 3:33 (Anywhere but Home)

3:47 (Studio outtake)

3:51 (Demo)
Producers Dave Fortman
Label Wind-Up Records
"Missing" "Breathe No More" "If You Don't Mind"

"Breathe No More" is a B-side from the album Fallen. It was originally intended to appear on this album, but was scrapped and has since had several official releases. The first official release was a live version on Anywhere But Home in 2004, and the second was a piano studio version on the film score for Elektra in 2005. The same studio version was released again on Lost Whispers in 2016. There is also a demo “rock” version from the 2001-2002 sessions with added sounds, including the Morse code sampled from the Sound Asleep version of ”Give Unto Me” and the Origin version of “My Immortal”.


In late 2012, Amy explained the meaning of the song to a fan during a Meet & Greet:

I wrote the song when I was in quite a dark place. I was in a toxic relationship that was destroying me, the song is really about how sometimes when you're in a toxic relationship you change yourself for the other person, but you start to hate yourself for it. You look in the mirror and hate the person you've become. That self loathing is one of the worst feelings in the world, because you just want the other person in the relationship to be happy but at the same time you don't want to lose yourself, the real you.

On October 1, 2020, Amy Lee shared a series of Instagram stories featuring an early demo of the song. Watch it here.


I've been looking in the mirror for so long
That I've come to believe my soul's on the other side
All the little pieces falling, shatter
Shards of me, too sharp to put back together

Too small to matter
But big enough to cut me into so many little pieces
If I try to touch her

And I bleed, I bleed
And I breathe, I breathe no more

Take a breath and I try to draw from my spirit's well
Yet again, you refuse to drink like a stubborn child
Lie to me, convince me that I've been sick forever
And all of this will make sense when I get better

But I know the difference
Between myself and my reflection
I just can't help but to wonder
Which of us do you love?

So I bleed, I bleed
And I breathe, I breathe no
Bleed, I bleed
And I breathe, I breathe
I breathe, I breathe no more