Respire (Mickey 3D song)

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Respire (Mickey 3D single - cover art).jpg
Single by Mickey 3D
from the album Tu vas pas mourir de rire
B-side "Chanson de rien du tout"
Released March 2003
Format CD single
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:45
Label Virgin, EMI Music
Songwriter(s) Mickaël Furnon
Najah El Mahmoud
Aurelien Joanin
Mickey 3D singles chronology
"Ma grand-mère"
"Yalil (La fin des haricots)"

"Ma grand-mère"
"Yalil (La fin des haricots)"

"Respire" is one of Mickey 3D's most popular songs. Released in March 2003, it met success in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Like many French rock songs the topic is about a controversial and realistic subject, in this case, the environment and its destruction.

Lyrics and music[edit]

The text of the song addresses a "kid" to alert him about the state of the world that adults will leave to him. The first part of the song deals with the story of humans' arrival on Earth and their disturbance of the whole balance of nature. The second part imagines the future of people if they continue to do so (referring to the disappearance of natural resources, animals and even genetic modification because of pollution) and how the "kid" will try to explain to his grandchildren why he did nothing to prevent it. The third part concludes with a declaration on the selfishness of humans and leans more towards pessimism.

Music video[edit]

The music video was produced as an animated feature, co-directed by Jerôme Combe, Stéphane Hamache and André Bessy. It represents a little girl running in what is believed to be nature, before discovering little by little it is actually a synthetic nature, reconstituted in a studio.

Awards and chart performances[edit]

In France, "Respire" won two Victoires de la musique in 2004 : one for the best song of the year, the other for the best music video. It was charted for 25 weeks on the French singles chart. After a debut at #26 on March 29, 2003, it climbed to #12, its peak position, that it reached again in its ninth week. It remained for six weeks in the top 20 and 15 weeks in the top 50,[1] and was eventually certified Silver disc by the SNEP.[2]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single went to #35 on April 5, 2003 and climbed until reaching #6 in its fifth week. Thereafter, it almost kept on dropping on the chart and totalled eight weeks in the top ten and 18 weeks on the chart (top 40).[3]

In Switzerland, "Respire" featured on the chart for 16 weeks (from April 13 to July 27), 11 of them in the top 50, with a peak at #10 on May 18.[4]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Respire" — 3:45
  2. "Chanson de rien du tout" — 2:49
  3. "Respire" (club 80) — 3:45
  4. "Respire" (music video) — 3:45

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[2] Silver 2003 125,000 198,000[9]


  1. ^ a b "Respire", French Singles Chart (Retrieved July 13, 2008)
  2. ^ a b French certifications Archived 2009-06-05 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 13, 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Respire", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved July 13, 2008)
  4. ^ a b "Respire", Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved July 13, 2008)
  5. ^ 2003 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved July 13, 2008)
  6. ^ a b 2003 French Airplay and Video Charts (Retrieved May 14, 2008)
  7. ^ 2003 French Singles Chart Archived 2012-04-04 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved July 13, 2008)
  8. ^ 2003 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved July 13, 2008)
  9. ^ Mickey 3D's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "MICKEYTroisD" Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved July 13, 2008)