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Barely Breathing
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Album: Glee: The Music, The Complete Season Four
Released: October 1, 2012
By: Duncan Sheik
Sung by: Blaine Anderson and Finn Hudson
Place: William McKinley High School Hallway, The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion, The Choir Room, NYADA Classroom
Episode: The Break-Up

Barely Breathing by Duncan Sheik is featured in The Break-Up, the fourth episode of Season Four. It is sung by Blaine and Finn.

At the start of the song, Blaine walks down the McKinley hallways after Kurt tells Blaine he's too busy to take any more calls. Blaine, upset and infuriated, walks to the auditorium and begins singing. Before the song starts, Rachel suggests Finn go to her NYADA classes with her, to which he does.

He watches Rachel and sings both during and after doing this. The scenes intercut as Blaine sings near a chair on the stage, turning around to see Kurt, an imagination from his mind, while Finn watches Rachel dance and learn at NYADA. Towards the end of the song, we see Blaine messaging someone on Facebook named Eli.C. The messages imply that he is going to cheat on Kurt. Meanwhile, Finn sits in a NYADA classroom, thinking about his relationship with Rachel.

Lyrics

Blaine:
I know what you're doing
I see it all too clear
I only taste the saline
When I kiss away your tears

Finn:
You really had me going
Wishing on a star
But the black holes that surround you
Are heavier by far

Blaine:
I believed in your confusion
You were so completely torn
It must have been that yesterday
Was the day that I was born

Finn:
There's not much to examine
There's nothing left to hide
You really can't be serious
If you have to ask me why

Blaine and Finn:
I say goodbye

Cause I am barely breathing
And I can't find the air
I don't know who I’m kidding
Imagining you care

And I could stand here waiting
A fool for another day
I don't suppose it's worth the price
It's worth the price
The price that I would payCause I am barely breathing
And I can't find the air
I don't know who I’m kidding
Imagining you care

Finn (with Blaine):
Everyone keeps asking
(What's it all about?)
I used to be so certain
(And I can't figure out)

Blaine (with Finn):
What is this attraction?
(I only feel the pain)
There's nothing left to reason
And only you to blame

Blaine and Finn:
Will it ever change?

Cause I am barely breathing
And I can't find the air
I don't know who I’m kidding
Imagining you care

And I could stand here waiting
A fool for another day
I don't suppose it's worth the price
It's worth the price
The price that I would pay

Blaine (with Finn):
But I'm (thinking it over) anyway

Blaine and Finn (Blaine):
I'm thinking it over anyway, yeah, yeah, yeah (Ooh)

I've come to find
I may never know

Finn:
Your changing mind

Blaine
Is it friend or foe?

Blaine and Finn:
I rise above
Or sink below

Finn:
Every time

Blaine
You come and go

Blaine and Finn:
Please don't come and go

Ooh

Cause I am barely breathing
And I can't find the air
I don't know who I’m kidding
Imagining you care

And I could stand here waiting
A fool for another day
I don't suppose it's worth the price
It's worth the price
The price that I would pay

Blaine (with Finn):
But I'm (thinking it over) anyway

Blaine and Finn (Blaine):
I'm thinking it over anyway, yeah, yeah, yeah (Oooh)

Finn:
I know what you're doing

Blaine and Finn:
I see it all too clear

Trivia

  • Barely Breathing was written and originally performed by Duncan Sheik, who also wrote the music for Spring Awakening, which originally starred Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff among others.
  • The outfit Kurt is wearing when Blaine imagines him in the auditorium, is the outfit he wore when they met for the first time.

Errors

  • When Blaine receives the Facebook message from Eli.C, the icons at the top suggest he has new notifications, not new messages. 

Gallery

Videos

Duncan Sheik - Barely Breathing04:10

Duncan Sheik - Barely Breathing

GLEE - Barely Breathing (Full Performance) (Official Music Video)02:36

GLEE - Barely Breathing (Full Performance) (Official Music Video)

Barely Breathing Glee HD FULL STUDIO04:16

Barely Breathing Glee HD FULL STUDIO

Glee - Barely Breathing - Acapella Version02:28

Glee - Barely Breathing - Acapella Version

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