Just Barely Breathing (5:42)

Cover of Alive or Just Breathing

From Alive or Just Breathing

When Jesse wrote songs for the Killswitch Engage album, Alive or Just Breathing, the songs had deep meanings behind them. The following meanings are quoted from his interviews:

“Just Barely Breathing” is really my question to people. They need to look into themselves and ask themselves are they really alive? Are they really living life to the fullest? Or are they just getting by? And if so, if you’re not happy, you need to make a change. Make a difference in the world.


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  • Grungebucket

    till this day, this is the only song by this band that i realy dig. Im not saying they are bad, i just dont realy enjoy this " verse-screaming/chorus-whining" formula that much.Its so predictable

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Kuregu

    To this day, the best thing they ever did. Jesse absolutely completed this band, so good to have him back.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Predator-Wolf

    I am waiting for you, for you... BEAST!

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • JoelBeer

    This song is amazing. Along with that, this album is one of the greatest metal albums of the 21st Century and one of the most important.

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Cutiekiss549

    Jesse KSE and Howard KSE are like 2 different bands

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • DrZombiekiller

    one of my favorites from KSE

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Jonzo67

    That outro doesn't sound Killswitch at all. I dunno why it took me so long to check this record out. It's wicked

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • SinsOfArcadia

    Probably the best KSE song, still.

    28 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Goodforit

    I <3 KsE. Jesse is the shit!

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Ezio1337

    God. I love KSE.

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TheWokenDemon

    dont close your eyes ..seek the images ... <33

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • martcambs

    killswitch rule !!!

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
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    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • 6sic6

    are we alive or just breathing? too bad KsE is never going to sound like that again :(

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Stormhelm76

    Just awesome.

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • bogganator

    sick song

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Maiske

    Intro and outro are both awesome.

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • Digimortal5

    Fuckin great lyrics! Yeah, there is essential difference between these two sides of KsE - with Jesse and Howard... But i like both with more preference to latest stuff with Howard though, especially The End Of Heartache - my fav.. But if you prefer one of these singers to other, don't say that stuff with other singer is shit... like some people do.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • dorcsy91

    are weeee aliiiiiiiveeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    9 Mar 2010 Reply
  • paynexkiller

    absolute genious. Love it.

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
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