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This article is about the song 'Breathe' written by Martin L. Gore for the 2001 Depeche Mode album Exciter. For the song 'Breathe' written by Dave Gahan for the 2003 album Paper Monsters, see Breathe (Dave Gahan song).

9. I Feel Loved
10. Breathe
List of Exciter songs
11. Easy Tiger
Depeche Mode
Produced by
Recorded at
RAK and Sarm West (London)
Sound Design (Santa Barbara)
Electric Lady
Sony (New York City)
Length (mm:ss)
97 BPM
Time signature
D Minor
Engineering assistance
Boris Aldridge
Andrew Davies
Andrew Griffiths
Nick Sevilla
Lisa Butterworth
Jonathan Adler
Alissa Myhowich
James Chang
Additional production
Steve Fitzmaurice
Mike Marsh
Art direction
Sleeve design
June 2000 - February 2001
Originally released
May 14, 2001
Played live
86 times *
Total live plays
86 times *

'Breathe' is a song from the 2001 album Exciter by Depeche Mode.


In Magic! Magazine, Martin Gore says (translated from French):

For 'Breathe', I think it was Mark Bell who decided [that I should sing it]. He particularly liked the demo."



I heard a rumour

They travel far

You know what it's like

The way people are

They talk and they talk

Though they don't understand

They'll whisper and whisper

And lie on demand

Please tell me now

I want to know

I have to hear it from your lips

Say it's not so

I heard it on Monday

And I laughed a while

I heard it on Tuesday

I managed to smile

I heard it on Wednesday

My patience was tried

I heard it on Thursday

And I hurt inside

I want to know

The depths of your mind

Tell me this whole thing is madness

And we're doing fine

Put your little hand in mine

And believe in love

Put your head on my chest

And breathe love

Breathe love

Breathe love

Breathe love

I heard it from Peter

Who heard it from Paul

Who heard it from someone

I don't know at all

I heard it from Mary

Who heard it from Ruth

Who swore on the bible

She's telling the truth

I heard it from Simon

Who heard it from James

Confirming with Sarah

That I was to blame

I heard it from Joseph

Who heard it from John

Who said with conviction

That all hope was gone

So I need to know

Your alibis

I need to hear that you love me

Before you say goodbye

Before you say goodbye

Before you say goodbye

Before you say goodbye

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore
Publishing Information: ©2001 EMI Music Publishing Ltd. London WC2H 0EA. Assigned by Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. All rights Reserved.

Dates with available recordings of Breathe

There are currently 100 recordings of Breathe available.

Dates where Breathe was played

2001 Exciter Tour

Breathe was played 86 times during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • Breathe was not played during this tour.

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

  • Breathe was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • Breathe was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • Breathe was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

  • Breathe was not played during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

  • Breathe was not played during this tour.