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The All-American Rejects: Swing Swing Meaning

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Song Released: 2002


Swing Swing Lyrics

Days swiftly come and go.
I'm dreaming of her
She's seeing other guys
Emotions they stir
The sun is gone.
The nights are long
And I am left while the tears fall.

Did you think that I would cry,
on the phone?
Do you know what it feels...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2011 report

    I would think that he is talking about feeling suicidal and needs someone to help him find a way to carry on. He says "bury me" in one line and "carry me away" in the next. This is a euphemism for his death and want to be carried away, probably to heaven. He also says "find a way to carry on" which you could infer meant that he wanted someone to give a reason to continue living. the last one is the obvious "swing, swing from the tangles of my heart" which immediately brings to mind the disturbing image of one who has hung themselves. If any of you have notice there is also funeral music which gives the obvious connotation of death.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Sep 11th 2006 report

    Well, I see it like this: this guy was going out with a girl, but she broke his heart ("my heart is crushed by a former love"). But now, he wants this other girl to help him forget about his lost love ("can you help me find a way to carry on again?", "and so do I to a new love.")
    it also seems like he was with his old girlfriend for a long time--- "the notes are old, they bend, they fold."
    the lines "did you think that I would cry on the phone? Do you know what it feels like, being alone?" are almost like him saying that being alone is a pain beyond tears.

    "days swiftly come and go. I'm dreaming of her.
    She's seeing other guys--- emotions they stir.
    The sun is gone. The nights are long.
    And I am left while the tears fall."

    he must really miss her. Those stirring emotions are probably sadness and/or jealousy. "the sun is gone" might be interpreted as 'it's not the same without her.'
    sorry if this is really rough or doesn't make sense, it's my first interpretation. Hehe.

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2011 report

    I think this chick ripped this guys heart out, he felt the intensity, the overwhelming sense of love for this girl, too much for him to even control. The line "do you think that I would cry on the phone" to me means she's broken up with him over the phone, as impersonal as it is, after he has given her his all. He no longer has a will to live as she was his reason to breath. "Do you know what it feels like being alone" can be taken as she moved on really quickly which in most cases would leave someone feeling worthless as it took no time to get over him. I agree with the last comment on the "bury me" "carry me away" and "tangles of my heart" they are all connotations of death as well as the organ to set the specific ambiance for the song.

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 10th 2009 report

    Heh, this song literally describes word-for-word what's happened in my life at one point...

    Anyways, the way I think it works is that this guy just broke up with his girlfriend, and he wants her back although he doesn't show it (I think that the lyrics "Did you think that I would cry on the phone?" are basically a metaphor for saying that he didn't want to show the girl that he missed her).

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2009 report

    I kind of agree with the first itnerpretation, but with the line "Did you think that I would cry on the phone?" comes a different explanation. I don't think it's pain beyond words. The song, to me, is about saying that the former love crushed me, but now I'm too angry and strong inside to cry about it. So he's sort of mocking the girl there, "Did you seriously think that I was THAT weak?!? PAH!"

  6. peteinmypants
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    Aug 3rd 2007 report

    Totally easy: this song is about how this girl broke his heart and he needs to find a way to get over her.

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2006 report

    Right on. The song uses a solid albeit basic chord pattern to really capture the feeling of the lyrics. An essential song, even for those who hate this style of music


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