Kelly Clarkson’s “Catch My Breath” Lyrics Breakdown: A Well-Earned Pause

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Posted by on 12/14/2012 at 4:37 PM Lyrics

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"Catch My Breath" is the lead single off Kelly Clarkson's Greatest Hits—Chapter One compilation, released in November. Far from your typical phoned-in Greatest Hits bonus track, "Catch My Breath" is a worthy inclusion to the hits album, a song that takes stock of the first ten years of Kelly's rollercoaster pop career and its behind-the-scenes drama, confirms that she remains undaunted, and looks forward to the next chapter to come. Let's take a deeper look into the details:

I don’t want to be left behind
Distance was a friend of mine

Catching breath in a web of lies
I’ve spent most of my life

Riding waves, playing acrobat
Shadow boxing the other half

Learning how to react
I’ve spent most of my time

Catching my breath
Letting it go

Turning my cheek for the sake of the show
Now that you know
This is my life I won’t be told what’s supposed to be right

Catch my breath
No one can hold me back
I ain’t got time for that
Catch my breath
Won’t let em get me down
It’s all so simple now

Addicted to the love I’ve found
Heavy heart now a weightless cloud

Making time for the ones that count
I’ll spend the rest of my time

Laughing hard with the windows down
Leaving footprints all over town

Keeping faith karma comes around
I won’t spend the rest of my life

Catching my breath
Letting it go

Turning my cheek for the sake of the show
Now that you know
This is my life I won’t be told what’s supposed to be right
Catch my breath
No one can hold me back
I ain’t got time for that

Catch my breath
Won’t let em get me down
It’s all so simple now

You help me see the beauty in everything

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