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"Breakaway" is a demo recorded by Avril Lavigne. It was intended to be on her debut studio album, Let Go, but was deemed unsuitable for the album.

Background Edit

According to Benenate, the song was written in 2001 when she was working with Gerrard for Lavigne's first album, Let Go. Benenate explained that Lavigne came to her to write the song, saying: "Avril talked about her life and what things were important to her – she was the inspiration for the song :-) :-). Matthew began creating the melody and track, and I started working on the lyrics. I remember staying in bed for three days, writing 25 versions of the lyric. I love being in bed and writing lyrics, and having my dog Jet and my kitty Dash on the bed. Anyway, we finally finished the lyric, then we completed the demo."[1]

After the production of the song was deemed unsuitable for Lavigne's album, the song was passed to several artists including Samantha Moore before finally being recorded by Kelly Clarkson.[2] Benenate also added that it was Mitchell Leib, the President of Music and Soundtracks for Walt Disney Pictures and Television/Buena Vista Music Group, who secured "Breakaway" as one of the soundtracks of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. In an interview with MTV, Clarkson said that she recorded "Breakaway" to tide fans over until September that year before she released the first single from her second album.[3] Nevertheless, the song's huge success prompted its inclusion on the album, which Clarkson decided to name Breakaway.[4] Clarkson expressed that "Breakaway" was different from everything she has done, saying that it "is a simple song, and I think that its simplicity is what's beautiful about it. Whenever writers or producers come to work with me, they take advantage of the fact that I can really belt it out. What's cool about 'Breakaway' is that it doesn't take advantage of that. The song just uses the simplicity of my voice."[5] The song was officially released to radio stations on July 20, 2004[6] as the first single of The Princess Diaries soundtrack.[7] Lavigne's original demo of the song leaked onto the internet nearly a decade later in April 2014.[8]

Lyrics Edit

[Intro]
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da da-da

Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da da

[Verse 1]
Grew up in a small town
And when the snow would fall down
I'd just stare out my window
Dreamin' of what could be
And if I end up happy
I would pray

[Verse 2]
(I'm) trying hard to reach out
But when I tried to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me
Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here
So I'd pray
I could break away

[Chorus]
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I make a wish, take a chance
Make a change, and break away
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget all the ones that I love
Take a risk, take a chance
Make a change, and break away

[Interlude]
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da da-da

Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da da-da

[Verse 3]
Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get onboard a fast train
Travel on a jetplane
Far away
And break away

[Chorus]
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
I'll do what it takes till I touch the sky
And I make a wish, take a chance
Make a change, and break away
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget all the ones that I love
I gotta take a risk, take a chance
Make a change, and break away

[Bridge]
Buildings with a hundred floors
Swinging with revolving doors
Maybe I don't know where they'll take me
But gotta keep movin' on movin' on
Fly away, break away

[Chorus]
I'll spread my wings and I'll learn how to fly
Though it's not easy to tell you goodbye
I gotta take a risk, take a chance
Make a change, and break away
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won't forget the place where I come from
I gotta take a risk, take a chance
Make a change, and break away
Break away
Break away

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