Song of the Day, July 20: Breaking Away From Sanity by Kim Carnes

Today’s song is Breaking Away From Sanity by Kim Carnes. Penned by Carnes with Craig Kampf, it is the standout song on her seventh solo album, 1982’s Voyeur. That album had the unenviable task of following her biggest recordings, the #1 album Mistaken Identity which included the massive #1 hit (and Grammy winner) Bette Davis Eyes. All in all, Voyeur is a stronger disc with more consistent songs and a real view of Carnes’ diversity as a singer and writer. It performed well, but naturally had trouble coming close to its monster predecessor.

Breaking Away From Sanity fits perfectly in a set of songs that deal with obsession and states of mind. Much more personal than the other tracks, it reflects on the natural tension between embracing a relationship and fearing the loss that may come, perhaps even opting for loss because of that fear.

Nearly every night I stay awake
And I don’t understand it myself
Living on the edge–it’s almost real
You can’t depend on me
I’m breaking away from sanity
Showing the ghost inside of me
I’m running away
From you and me
Breaking away from sanity

Carnes’ voice is perfect for the haunting song; it’s my favorite of her recordings. Today is Kim Carnes’ 67th birthday. Let’s wish her many happy returns and enjoy this great song.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

2 Responses to Song of the Day, July 20: Breaking Away From Sanity by Kim Carnes

  1. Guilherme says:

    Wonderful article! I made one b-day video and Ms. Carnes loved it!

    Also visit my fan site

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