2. Dappled Cities - "Try Not To Breathe"

Dappled Cities On “Try Not To Breathe”
“We chose ’Try Not To Breathe’ because it felt like we could take it some place else from the original. It is such a balanced underplayed song on the record that we though we?d try the opposite and make something grand out of it. I love cover songs that sound nothing like the original but have references to what the original tried to do so hopefully that?s what we did.”

Dappled Cities

Mike Mills On “Try Not To Breathe”
“A beautiful song, personally one of my favorite backing vocals that I ever did. I felt like John Lennon when I came up with it. It’s very nice to feel like John Lennon even if it’s just for five seconds.”

Check out The Narrator’s cover of “Try Not To Breathe” here.

“Try Not To Breathe” lyrics
I will try not to breathe.
I can hold my head still with my
hands at my knees.
These eyes are the eyes of the
old, shiver and fold.

I will try not to breathe.
This decision is mine. I have
lived a full life
and these are the eyes that I want
you to remember. Oh.

I need something to fly over my
grave again.
I need something to breathe.

I will try not to burden you.
I can hold these inside. I will
hold my breath
until all these shivers subside,
just look in my eyes.

I will try not to worry you.
I have seen things that you will
never see.
Leave it to memory me. I
shudder to breathe.

I want you to remember. Oh.
(you will never see)
I need something to fly
(something to fly)
over my grave again.
(you will never see)
I need something to breathe.
(something to breathe)
Baby, don’t shiver now.
Why do you shiver now? (I will
see things you will never see)
I need something to fly
(something to fly)
Over my grave again. (I will see
things you will never see)
I need something to breathe. Oh.
Oh. Oh.

I will try not to worry you
I have seen things that you will
never see.
Leave it to memory me. Don’t
dare me to breathe.

I want you to remember. Oh.
(you will never see)
I need something to fly
(something to fly)
Over my grave again. (you will
never see)
I need something to breathe.
(something to breathe)
Baby, don’t shiver now.
Why do you shiver now? (I will
see things you will never see)
I need something to breathe.
(something to breathe – I have
seen things
you will never see)
I want you to remember.

Comments (8)
  1. Great cover, love the metal sound

  2. Rebecca  |   Posted on Oct 5th, 2007 0

    This is ethereal and gorgeous.

  3. Gabriela  |   Posted on Oct 8th, 2007 0

    Le sacaron a la version original lo q la caracteriza, ese aire de desesperacion y adrenalina…
    Lo siento, pero no gusto!

  4. Michael  |   Posted on Oct 21st, 2007 0

    What a great version of this fantastic song! Nearly as good as the original! ;)

  5. Mike  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2007 0

    Naturalistic rhythms and sounds. Unexpectedly great.

  6. You suck  |   Posted on Jan 15th, 2008 0

    Man this version sucks butt with the multiple voices and slower gayness, while the original was REM’s best song in my opinion. Shame on you

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