Sia – Breathe Me

Sia Furler. An interesting young lady. After releasing a hit single in 2000 (nope, I don’t remember it either) and becoming the vocalist for a Zero 7 album, she then went mental. Completely. In her own words, “No seriously, I needed therapy and everything.”


It’s a good job she kept making music, as she then went on to create “Breathe Me”, one of those songs that really grabs your attention. Piano-led; gasped, breatheless vocals; a feeling of claustrophobia & desperate need.

Some elements of her life would explain the feelings behind this song – after three years fronting a band called Crisp, Sia packed her bags and headed off on a round the world trip, and after agreeing to meet up in London with the man she describes as her “first true love”, a week before she arrived, he was run down and killed by a black cab on Kensington High Street.

By her own admission, “I was pretty fucked up after Dan died. I couldn’t really feel anything. I could intellectualise a lot of stuff; that I had a purpose, that I was loved, but I couldn’t actually feel anything”

Listen. Feel.

Help, I have done it again, I have been here many times before. Hurt myself again today, and the worst part is there’s no-one else to blame. Be my friend, hold me, wrap me up, unfold me. I am small and needy. Warm me up, and breathe me.

Sia – Breathe Me


  1. I’m so glad you posted this, I love this song. Remember listening to it a lot at the end of last summer.
    She also did a great cover of Paranoid Android with tear jerking cellos, I swear it manages to be more depressing than the Radiohead version.

  2. There is a video on you tube of her singing this song at a radio station. It brings me to tears every time i watch it. I’ll remember the song every once in a while and listen to it, and of course that leads to the obsessive listening to everything Sia

  3. sia is great! her voice is so unique and her melodies and lyrics go together so perfectly. i just got her album” some people have real problems” and i really love her song “Death by chocolate”; also check out sia performing “Soon we’ll be found” with her colored hands and everything(youtube)-she’s simply amazing.AND she’s Australien;D

  4. “Hold me, wrap me up
    Unfold me
    I am small
    I’m needy
    Warm me up
    And breathe me”

    Perfect combination of words, great song.
    You should listen to Sia – I’m in here also a special one.

  5. Ive been listening to Sia for about a year now and I’ve gotta say she’s fantastic, Breathe Me is a great song but its only one of many wonderful listens. All the interviews with her show her bubbly and awesome personality too! She definitely has my vote! :)

  6. I first heard this song when I was watching the movie “Cyberbully” This song.. Just.. Wow. I have struggled with depression for a while, and I built a minor addiction to self harm. When I heard “Help, I have done it again, I have been here many times before. Hurt myself again today, and the worst part is there’s no-one else to blame.” I just broke down crying. The worst (or best, depending on how you look at it) part is, I first heard this right after I had cut for the first time in 3 weeks, the longest I had gone in a while. If you’re wondering, I have quit self harm. This song is one of the things that helped me.

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