Kate Bush:Breathing

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“Breathing”
Artist: Kate Bush
Albums: Breathing (1980)
Never for Ever (1980)
The Whole Story (1986)
Composers: Kate Bush
Lyricists: Kate Bush

Outside gets inside, ooh
Through her skin
I've been out before
But this time it's much safer in
Last night, in the sky, ooh
Such a bright light
My radar send me danger
But my instincts tell me to
Keep breathing

Breathing, breathing my mother in
Breathing, my beloved in
Breathing, breathing her nicotine
Breathing, breathing the fall-out in, out-in, out-in, out-in, out-in

We've lost our chance
We're the first and last, ooh
After the blast
Chips of plutonium a-twinkling in every lung
I love my beloved, ooh
All and everywhere
Only the fools blew it
You and me knew life itself is breathing
(out-in, out-in, out-in)

Breathing, breathing my mother in
Breathing, my beloved in
Breathing, breathing her nicotine
Breathing, breathing the fall-out in, out-in, out-in, out-in, out-in, out-in, out-in, out-in, out, out, out, out

... between a small nuclear explosion and a large one by a very simple method. The calling card of a nuclear bomb is the blinding flash that is far more dazzling than any light on earth, brighter even than the sun itself, and it is by the duration of this flash that we are able to determine the size of the weapon.

(What are we going to do without)

After the flash a fireball can be seen to rise, sucking up under it the debris, dust and living things around the area of the explosion. And as this ascends, it soon becomes recognisable as the familiar mushroom cloud.

As a demonstration of the flash duration test let's try and count the number of seconds for the flash emitted by a very small bomb

Then a more substantial, medium-sized bomb

And finally one of our very powerful high-yield bombs.


(What are we going to do without)
Ooh please
(What are we going to do without)
Oh let me breathe
(What are we going to do without)
Oh quick, breathe in deep
(We are all going to die without)
Oh, leave me something to breathe
(What are we going to do without)
Oh, leave me something to breathe
(What are we going to do without)
Oh God please leave us something to breathe
(What are we going to do without)
Oh, life is
Breathing