Breakdown Lyrics

Mariah Carey


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Mariah Carey, Sean Combs, Anthony Henderson, Steven A Jordan, Charles Scruggs
album: Track 6 in album Butterfly
release date: 1997-9-10
popularity : 24 users have visited this page.
genres: Electronic Hip Hop Funk / Soul
styles: Deep House/Vocal/Ballad
length: 4:45
producer: Mariah Carey, Steven Jordan and Puff Daddy
lead vocals: Wi$h Bone and Krayzie Bone
vocal: Krayzie Bone
engineer: Dana Jon "Chile D" Chappelle
background vocals: Wi$h Bone
keyboard: Steven Jordan
background vocals & lead vocals: Mariah Carey
assistant engineer: Ian Dalsemer
drumset programming & keyboard programming: Steven Jordan
lyricist: Mariah Carey, Anthony Henderson, Wi$h Bone
composer: Mariah Carey, Steven Jordan

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Mariah Carey Butterfly cover art
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Break break down,
Steady breakin' me on down, break break down,
Steady breakin' me on down,
Break break down, steady breakin' me on down,
Break break down, steady breakin' me on down.

You called yesterday to basically say
That you care for me,
But that you're just not in love
Immediately I pretended
To be feeling similarly
And led you to believe it was OK
To just walk away from the one thing
That's unyielding and sacred to me

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath a disguise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

So what do you do
When somebody you're so devoted to
Suddenly just stops loving you
And it seems they haven't got a clue
Of the pain that rejection is putting you through
Do you cling to your pride
And sing "I will survive"
Do you lash out and say "How dare you leave this way?"
Do you hold on in vain as they just slip away

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the disguise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

It'll break you down
Only if you let it
Everyday crazy situations rocking my mind
Tryin' to break me down
But I won't let it, forget it (Forget it)

I be feelin' like you bringing me down
Taking me around
Stressin' me out
I think I better go and get out
And let me release some stress (Stress)

Don't ever wanna feel no pain (Pain)
Hoping for the sun but it looks like rain (Rain, rain, rain)
Lord, I just wanna maintain

Yeah, I can feel pressures y'all
But nevertheless Krayzie won't fall
It's over, it's ending here (Here)

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the guise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the guise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry

Well I guess I'm trying to be
Nonchalant about it
And I'm going to extremes to prove
I'm fine without you
But in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Underneath the guise of a smile
Gradually I'm dying inside
Friends ask me how I feel
And I lie convincingly
'Cause I don't want to reveal
The fact that I'm suffering
So I wear my disguise
'Til I go home at night
And turn down all the lights
And then I break down and cry


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Honey
  • 2 Butterfly
  • 3 My All
  • 4 The Roof
  • 5 Fourth of July
  • 6 Breakdown
  • 7 Babydoll
  • 8 Close My Eyes
  • 9 Whenever You Call
  • 10 Fly Away (Butterfly reprise)
  • 11 The Beautiful Ones
  • 12 Outside
  • 13 Honey (So So Def radio mix)
  • 14 Honey (Def club mix)