The Breath You Take Lyrics - George Strait

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He looks up from second base, dad's up in the stands
He saw the hit, the run, the slide, there ain't no bigger fan
In the parking lot after the game
He said, "Dad, I thought you had a plane to catch?"
He smiled and said, "Yeah, son, I did"

But life's not the breath you take, the breathing in and out
That gets you through the day, ain't what it's all about
You just might miss the point trying to win the race
Life's not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away

Fast forward fifteen years and a thousand miles away
Boy's built a life, he's got a wife and a baby due today
He hears a voice saying, "I made it son"
Says, "I told you dad, you didn't have to come"
He smiles and says, "Yeah, I know you did"

But life's not the breath you take, the breathing in and out
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That gets you through the day, ain't what it's all about
You just might miss the point trying to win the race
Life's not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away

Just like it took my breath when she was born
Just like it took my breath away when dad took his last that morn

Life's not the breath you take, the breathing in and out
That gets you through the day, ain't what it's all about
Just might miss the point if you don't slow down the pace
Life's not the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away






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Life comes with no rewind or pause button | Reviewer: Jack Carlin | 12/13/10

When I first heard this song I was driving down a dark and lonely interstate heading for yet another destination far away from family and the people that I love. I drive an 18 wheeler by trade and one of the job hazards is all of the time I spend away from home and by myself. Arrival times to my destinations are usually the beginning of a normal workday, for most people, so it is quite common for me to be working in the dark,quiet hours of any 24 hour period. Often I find myself reflecting on my life's mistakes and regrets thus far. Things I would give anything to be able to change, but unfortunately that is not how life goes. It can be quite depressing at times.

I lost my Father on Christmas morning of 1987 to cancer. He had just turned 65 in September. I was 27 and my wife and I just had our 2nd child. Matthew would be the last grandchild Dad would ever see. Dad was always such an amazing man to all of his seven children and the only love my sainted Mother ever knew. He was a Cleveland Fireman and had a small concrete company. He worked all the time and as a result and more often than not we didn't see much of him. School functions, sports events were missed and holidays were often spent with his chair at the head of the table empty. In my eyes, there was nothing Dad could not do. He was the smartest man I ever knew.

In 1995 I barely endured a most bitter divorce that resulted from my addiction to alcohol. My 3 children had been put in the middle and became the real victims. My many attempts to remain a presence in their lives were unsuccessful. Because of my past actions, I faced a number of obstacles in trying to remain an active father to them but sadly the legal system can become rather expensive. My financial responsibility to their needs was more important and became my priority. They found themselves growing up Fatherless. Many years have passed and nothing has changed but the date and year. I have just learned that my Daughter, Melissa is to be married. To know that she does not want me be the one to take her down the isle on her special day makes me most sad. There have been so many missed once in a lifetime events that I have not been privileged to be a part of.

My point is this: Bad choices that we make can come with devastating results and consequences. Life does not come with a rewind or pause button. Time waits for no one. I am hopeful that some men read my story and heed my simple advice before they too make bad choices. Your actions will not only direct your destiny in life, but that of your children and the role they will play in your life and in your future.



Breath and Look at the Beauty of people and places | Reviewer: Kimberly | 10/4/10

When I bought this CD it was a few days before my Dad passed away in August 2009. I was playing it as I drove over to my parents home. My Dad had passed and this song came on. My Dad had always said to stop and look at what is around you! I was always on the go and not stopping!
"But life's not the breath you take
The breathing in and out
That gets you through the day
Ain't what it's all about
You just might miss the point
Trying to win the race
Life's not the breaths you take
But the moments that take your breath away."

Just like it took my breath when she was born
Just like it took my breath away
When dad took his last that morn'

Well On August 29, 2009 my Dad passed from Alzheimers he passed in the morning.
So when this song comes on, it touches my heart each time. I have tears coming down my face as I stop to look at the beautiful mountains of Southeast AZ with the yellow wildflowers.
Thank you George Strait for having this particular piece on "Twang"
It reminds me of my Dad and he was a very special man. Breathe and Look at everything in life.



The journey is better than the destination | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/1/10

I was moved by this song when I first heard it, and I finally discovered the name of the song and the singing artist. As men we are so busy working so hard that we forget that our children need our time more than our money, as the money will disappear and the children will grow away. The greatest loss is when one reflects in the later years of their life as to whether was invested in what was important or spent on things that would never last. Those of you young men take time now and examine your life, are you living or surviving. Don't discover the truth too late in life.





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