The Trick Is to Keep Breathing (4:12)

Cover of Version 2.0

From Version 2.0 and 8 other releases

“The Trick Is to Keep Breathing” is a song by Garbage, released as the joint-fourth single from their platinum second album Version 2.0. The single was only released in a few European countries such as Germany, Russia and Israel. The single was released simultaneously alongside “When I Grow Up”, which was issued in other European territories including the United Kingdom and Scandinavia in promotion of the band’s January 1999 arena tour.

“The Trick Is To Keep Breathing” was written and recorded by Garbage (Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig) at their own recording studio during the 1997 sessions for Version 2.0. The title of the song was taken from Scottish author Janice Galloway’s 1989 novel The Trick Is To Keep Breathing, now widely considered to be a contemporary Scottish classic, which was published in the United Kingdom by Vintage (UK) and in North America by Dalkey Archive Press.


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  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    4 May 2:43pm Reply
  • mr_sadness

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • heartbreakdown

    oh geez just fix these tags already.

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Tony--

    Good old Garbage trip-hop.

    8 May 2014 Reply
  • cicicole

    love me some Shirley!!!

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • aquaticdeath

    so pretty

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • law_larregui

    best song ever!!!!!!!!

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Liebe_Ist

    Just discovered this. Soooo nice.

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • St8of_Emergency

    love how this has a hint of trip-hop in it. best song I've ever heard

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • newwavelad

    probably the best song ever

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • SasukeJJ

    maybe you'll get what you want this time around...

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • deborabezerra

    defines me ;~

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Placebionic

    "Maybe you'll get what you want this time around..." <3

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • niqart

    One of my favorites by them... [2]

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ringwraith10

    @Brittanyyyyyyyy: Definitely not arrogant. Sometimes songs just speak directly to you. :)

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • project_dominic

    Shirley Manson is an awesome vocalist, and this is one of the songs that show why. Just breathtaking!

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Brittanyyyyyyyy

    For me, it's the song I'd been looking for all my life.. It's perfect. It's one of those songs that seems like it was written just for you, you know? Hopefully that doesn't come off as arrogant...

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • anightbythesea

    pretty much perfection. it's art indeed. so breathtakingly beautiful...her hautingly beautiful voice.. like a sea you can dive into and wanna get lost in...or the bed you never wanna get out of, never ever leave..

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • liebheart

    there are songs that you listen to ,and you just FEEL it's about someone you could relate to,what stands out for me ,it's shirley's vulnerability as the lyrics does so with the girl in the song,it just feels so's art.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • frodonoz

    Just perfection....

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
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