THE MARIAH NETWORK

Breakdown

"Breakdown" was chosen as the third single from Mariah's "Butterfly" album but was only released commercially as a double A-side with "My All," in April 1998.

Radio Edit / Special Radio Version
The Mo' Thugs Remix

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 I was O.K.
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 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 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 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 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 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

Wish Bone:
Gonna break you down
Only if you let it
Everyday crazy situations rocking my mind
Trying to break me down
But I won't let it
Forget it

Krayzie Bone:
I be feeling like you're breaking me down
Kicking me around, stressing me out
I think you better go and get out
And let me release some stress

Wish Bone:
Don't ever wanna feel no pain
Hoping for the sun but it looks like rain
Lord, I just want to maintain

Krayzie Bone:
Yeah, I'm feeling pressures you all
But nevertheless Krayzie won't fall
It's over, it's ending 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 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


Lyrics: M. Carey, A. Henderson, C. Scruggs. Music: M. Carey, Stevie J.
Produced by Mariah Carey, Stevie J. and Sean "Puffy" Combs.