"Swallowtail" as written by Scott Anderson, James Ryan Black and Arnold David Lanni....
Let me in
And let me go
Tell me that
I need to know

Swallow the key swallow the key
You feel compelled but its far too late to try and tell me now
So I'll try to suck it out
Open mouth feels warm
Secrets swollen so sore

We all know and we can't ask why
You turned into an ugly butterfly
That shape of you
Closes in and forms a shade of grey
Hanging over hanging me

Sorry you're gone
The voices they left me thinking
The words that I've forgotten now
Try to come but can't come out


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"Swallowtail" as written by James Ryan Black Arnold David Lanni

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is a great song.. Kinda makes me feel a little sad.. Just a little..
    Foshyon April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song... one of my favorites from the album...
    somewhat`damagedon May 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song of all time right now. It's AMAZING.

    I'm not entirely sure what it all means, but it reminds me of my ex and my last relationship, particularly when he says, "that shape of you
    closes in and forms a shade of grey
    hanging over hanging me." I can't get rid of him... he hovers around me even though he's 2000 miles away...I feel choked by his presence even still... yet I'm sorry he's gone.

    He'd turned into something I didn't want, "An Ugly Butterfly," yet I still love him... and that's my secret. "Secrets swollen so sore..."

    Maybe the song is about wanting closure.
    roonitaon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Let me in
    And let me go
    Tell me that
    I need to know"

    Its about the end of a relationship; they've both been through a lot and he needs her to let him know how she feels/felt one last time and then be done with it.

    "Swallow the key swallow the key
    You feel compelled but its far too late to try and tell me now
    So I'll try to suck it out
    Open mouth feels warm
    Secrets swollen so sore"

    To "swallow the key" means to get rid of the desire for her to tell him so he has to find out himself; once he does, he gets those familiar feelings back but finds the words to be long overdue.

    "We all know and we can't ask why
    You turned into an ugly butterfly
    That shape of you
    Closes in and forms a shade of grey
    Hanging over hanging me"

    She has lost what made him love her and she has turned into something completely different now; he can't get her old self back and it has been haunting him since.

    "Sorry you're gone
    The voices they left me thinking
    The words that I've forgotten now
    Try to come but can't come out"

    He feels bad that the person he knew doesn't exist anymore and he's left wondering what could have been different or where their relationship started to slip. He comes up with what he should have/could have said but he can't tell her anymore.
    Deadbread4on February 04, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentPretty sure this song might be about a girl swallowing the guys load after a blowjob...
    oakleys09on August 01, 2009   Link

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