"The Air That I Breathe" is a ballad written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, initially recorded by Albert Hammond on his 1972 album It Never Rains In Southern California.
This song is best remembered as having been a major hit for The Hollies in early 1974, reaching No. two in the U.K. - this band's last hit single, besides a rerelease of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in 1988. In the summer of 1974, this song…
If I could make a wish, I think I'd pass
Can't think of anything I need
No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound
Nothing to eat, no books to read