How Can I Fall? – Breathe | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3) and Adult Contemporary (#1); 1988

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Early on, singer David Glasper would watch his younger schoolmates – guitarist Marcus Lillington and drummer Ian “Spike” Spice – wail away at gigs during their headbanger band days. Ultimately, the three joined forces in a sextet called Catch 22, which eventually evolved into a quartet with Michael Delahunty on bass. They began working on their first album in June of 1985: a process that took two years to complete. A track from those sessions-in-progress, Don’t Tell Me Lies, was released in 1986 only to be dropped from radio playlists due to a polling error. What could have been a disaster turned out to be a blessing since a much stronger single, Hands To Heaven, marked the official debut of the band (now billed as Breathe) in 1988. It became a #4 smash in England, and peaked at #2 in the States. The follow-up single in America, How Can I Fall?, reached #3 and Don’t Tell Me Lies peaked at #10: making it three hits in less than a year for Breathe.

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Produced by:

  • Bob Sargeant

Lyrics Written by:

  • David Glasper
  • Marcus Lillington