Breakdown Lyrics - Jack Johnson

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I hope this old train breaks down
Then I could take a walk around
And, see what there is to see
And time is just a melody
All the people in the street
Walk as fast as their feet can take them
I just roll through town
And though my windows got a view
The frame I'm looking through
Seems to have no concern for now
So for now

I need this here
Old train to breakdown
Oh please just
Let me please breakdown

This engine screams out loud
Centipede gonna crawl westbound
So I don't even make a sound
Cause it's gonna sting me when I leave this town
All the people in the street
That I'll never get to meet
If these tracks don't bend somehow
And I got no time
That I got to get to
Where I don't need to be
So I

I need this here
Old train to breakdown
Oh please just
Let me please breakdown
I need this here
Old train to breakdown
Oh please just
Let me please breakdown
I wanna break on down
But I cant stop now
Let me break on down

But you cant stop nothing
If you got no control
Of the thoughts in your mind
That you kept in, you know
You don't know nothing
But you don't need to know
The wisdoms in the trees
Not the glass windows
You cant stop wishing
If you don't let go
But things that you find
And you lose, and you know
You keep on rolling
Put the moment on hold
The frames too bright
So put the blinds down low

I need this here
Old train to breakdown
Oh please just
Let me please breakdown
I need this here
Old train to breakdown
Oh please just
Let me please breakdown
I wanna break on down
But I cant stop now

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My Sunshine | Reviewer: richard Palmer | 3/7/14

I first listened to this song with my wife shortly after the death of our 17 year old daughter. As I listen and read the lyrics of "Breakdown" I begin to understand now how Jess must have felt at the end, she just needed this old train to breakdown. Thank you Jack Johnson for sharing this song.

thankyou | Reviewer: ifellevryword | 3/20/10

thankyou for these lyrics, because some people post rediculous things and words that make no sense.. u have it spot on i reckon, good work, apreciate it... jack johnsen relly makes me feel, adn reminiss, i love his music and persona.

what it means to me | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/13/10

amazing song. this song made me appreciate myself and guide me in the right direction. my partner gave me little time or respect. i wrote out these lyrics and asked him to listen to the song when we broke up. he understood.

Relax | Reviewer: Mike | 11/24/09

As with many of his tunes, Breakdown has the ability in some people to relax and make you not stressed. The ukele, combined with Jack's soothing voice make for a great feel-good song about the train of life breaking down so you can get out and live in the moment. Truly a great song.

it's true! | Reviewer: heidi | 10/26/09

as per jack himself, this is quite a literal song about he and his band taking a train through france and western europe (#12 on the CD is obviously european-derived). jack is the son of a famous surfer, is a "retired" surfer himself (after an injury), but he still LOVES surfing. apparently a stretch of the tracks gave the band (from hawaii, all surfers) quite a view of the tide of france. after being on tour and needing respite, they wrote this song. literally hoping the train would breakdown so they could have a relaxing day of soaking in the sun and surf. i must say, though, one of the many things i love about jack johnson is how he lyrical he is in the sense of relating to people... he's got a beautiful spirit and that shows in his music. i, too, wish the proverbial train in my life would breakdown at times, and i can't listen to this song without smiling. :) ALSO- if you've not heard it and you're a jack fan, you MUST get the curious george soundtrack. it doesn't disappoint, even for a kid's movie soundtrack.

Life | Reviewer: Brittany | 10/1/09

I think this song's more about life in general. You try and try to get further and make things better, but you don't have time to enjoy it. You get so stressed you do feel like breaking down, but you know that it won't help anything, and that the only thing that will help is to keep working, even though it's so much stress. You have goals you want to meet, but no matter what you do something gets in the way.
I love this song (and the CD it's on), and I know it fits my life right now (along with, probably, over half of America right now in this economy...)... I love Jack Johnson...he really sings about real life issues that alot of people go through...and it always helps to know you aren't the only one going through those things. To know you aren't alone.

:) | Reviewer: Ridhi | 8/26/09

I heard this song playing in a restaurant in goa, India. It felt like its meant for that kind of clime and lifestyle. Beach, sun and Jack Johnson strumming on a guitar. :)

This song, to me is about needed a bit of help from the universe to 'change tracks' on life's course to take time to smell the flowers in those corners between home and work, pick up random conversations with strangers and live life in the present.

Right on Ryan... Right on | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/29/08

In addition to Ryan's song meaning on 10/3/2008 I would say that we put lots of emphasis on time and meeting deadlines that we hardly get to make the true human connections that are essential for our healthy state of mind, body and spirit. I believe "Breakdown" is from the p.o.v. of a man who realizes that his too-busy lifestyle is taking him somewhere that he'd rather be away from.

song meaning -Ryan | Reviewer: Ryan | 10/3/08

This song is about a man stuck in his ways and trying to change. Deep down he knows that he needs to leave this life behind, but he knows it will hurt so he is scared. He screams out loud, though his actions, that he needs to breakdown. He needs to reflect on his life and make the move/change in his life to actually appreciate it.

What does this song mean to anyone/everyone... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/08

I just heard this song and it appeals to me. I havent decided why. Sometimes it is nice to think about a song that appeals to you, and give it some time before you just label it. Does this song mean anything to anyone? and take your time to think...


so relaxed right now | Reviewer: tamara | 2/16/08

this song is soo amazing, i never usually comment songs, but i feel this song deserves it, i woke up this morning stressed, angry, and finding it really hard to deal with things, and after listening to this song it just really relaxes you, and really chills you out, another chilling song from him is jack joshnson- do you remember.... hes such a legend!

Beautiful | Reviewer: KD | 12/3/07

This is such a beautiful song. It's a kick back and chill a while song and after reading his lyrics, I think that is what he intended. We're all going through life so fast, there is so much going on. Sometimes we need to get off the trees just to appreciate all that we see.

david | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/07

i love this song so much the rythem is amazing and his voice is really good not a great singer but still nice the lest

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