Breathe No More

From The Evanescence Reference

Across the Universe*
All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Artifact/The Turn
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Better Without You
Blind Belief
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Broken Pieces Shine
Call Me When You're Sober
Cloud Nine
End of the Dream
Erase This
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Far From Heaven
Farther Away
Feeding the Dark
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
If You Don't Mind
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Part of Me
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Snow White Queen
So Close
Sweet Sacrifice
Swimming Home
Take Cover
Taking Over Me
The Chain*
The Change
The End
The Game is Over
The In-Between
The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
The Only One
The Other Side
Together Again
Unknown Title
Use My Voice
Wasted on You
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Yeah Right
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star
* Cover songs

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General information

Written By: A. Lee

Breathe No More is an outtake from Fallen. It is a piano ballad that was originally meant to be on the album, but was scrapped. It was later released on the Elektra soundtrack on January 11th, 2005 and the b-side album, Lost Whispers on LP on December 9, 2016, then digitally on February 17, 2017. Amy Lee has sole writing credits to this song.[1]

Vin1.jpg "Breathe No More" is one that I wrote as we were recording the album and I recorded it and it just didn't make it, it's mellow... It's a rock record, whatever, but I would really like to have it make it on the next record. We have it recorded nicely, it's on, you can check it out...[2] Vin2.jpg

Amy, in late 2012, told a fan the inspiration behind the song at a meet and greet:

Vin1.jpg 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.[3] Vin2.jpg

On October 1, 2020, Amy Lee shared an Instagram story where she played an old tape from the 2001/2002 sessions that included a demo clip of Breathe No More.


Studio Versions

Breathe No More [Fallen outtake]

Elektra - The Album (Track #8)
Lost Whispers (track #5)
  • Length: 3:47

Breathe No More [Demo]

  • Recording date: 2001-2002
  • Status: Unreleased, Available
  • Length: 3:51

Breathe No More [Demo - Clip from Amy Lee's Instagram story]

  • Recording date: 2001-2002
  • Status: Unreleased, Available

Live Versions

Breathe No More [Piano-vocal]

  • Performing period: October 7, 2003
  • Performed at: Lisbon, Coliseum

Breathe No More [Piano, acoustic guitar and drums]

  • Performing period: October 8, 2003 - August 14, 2004
  • Status: Released, Available
  • Recording date: May 25, 2004
  • Released on: Anywhere but Home (Track #8)
  • Length: 3:33

Breathe No More [2016 Piano-vocal] [4]

  • Performing period: October - November 2016; April 2016



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
Oh! 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-

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

Guitar tabs & sheet music