What does Swing Life Away mean?

Rise Against: Swing Life Away Meaning

Album cover for Swing Life Away album cover

Song Released: 2005

Swing Life Away Lyrics

Am I loud and clear, or am I breaking up?
Am I still your charm, or am I just bad luck?
Are we getting closer, or are we just getting more lost?

I'll show you mine if you show me yours first
Let's compare scars, I'll tell you whose is...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 18th 2010 !⃝

    Swing Life Away is obviously Rise Against's most unique song, and I'm sure more than a few people would like to know it's meaning. On the outside where the majority of listeners will understand, Swing Life Away is a song of hope. It's about being able to live life to the fullest contentment despite a less-than-perfect life. On a personal note, Tim McIlrath has said that he wrote the song about a friend of his that helped him and Rise Against out in the early years of the band's musical uprising. Other than that, the lyrics are pretty self-explanatory.

  2. anonymous
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    May 3rd 2020 !⃝

    what foes the ill show you mine uf you show me yours first thing mean. i really don’t understand. no ine is explaining

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 16th 2019 !⃝

    I think Swing Life Away is about that the people around you are more important than money. And that its all about the experiences in life that you look back on that matter

  4. marquisha22
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    Oct 15th 2014 !⃝

    The song is to slow for my taste and Machine Gun Kelly's version is better and real.

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  5. anonymous
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    Apr 18th 2013 !⃝

    I believe swing Life away is about love, I think its meaning is, no matter what situation or diffiult predicaments your in, (such as the great depression or maybe lack of money, or just plain behind in life) love is all there is to it, and he'll gladly swing his life away on a porch because love is all he needs, he'll slave to the end for love and it doesint matter what happens.

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 11th 2013 !⃝

    "I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand" is my favorite part. This part means "I won't go the limits until you help me" I think the meaning of the song is living life as well as you can. As the #1 interpretation said, the lyrics are very self-explanatory.

  7. anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2012 !⃝

    I think its a song about love a friendship.

    Young people living there summers together, even though they are short. "the winters so cold, summer is over too soon"
    And how even though they have only just met they feel theve had the best times of there life, and there dreams.
    How they waste there days dreaming, comparing scars and stories. Swinging life away basicly.
    "we chase these days down with talks of the places we will go"

    Love because at the start its a couple, low on money strying to start over, and unwrite the pages.
    He misses her as they are apart, he wants them to get together and move away from the stress of life. He is waiting for her, he knows she will come " I wont cross these streets until you hold my hand"
    He will do anything for who he loves "if love is labour, ill slave till the end"

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2011 !⃝

    i think this is a song that gives hope like someone said, but with not just someone you love, but anyone you want, living life to how you want it, even when your to old to do anything, you can always swing life away :), and doing anything for the one you love. but not settling down always moving and traveling

  9. anonymous
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    May 31st 2011 !⃝

    I think its more on the lines of go where life takes you and live every moment like you want to but i think its also about living it with someone you love because he says "we" a lot
    but that's just my interpretation :)

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2011 !⃝

    Living Life To The Fullest

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  11. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2011 !⃝

    It's a song about living life at your own pace, no matter where you come from or what you have.

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