"Swing Life Away" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes and Christopher Chasse....
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 worse
Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words

We live on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I'll slave 'til the end
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand

I've been here so long I think that it's time to move
The winters so cold summers over too soon

Lets pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow
And I've got some friends some that I hardly know
We've had some times I wouldn't trade for the world
We chase these days down with talks of the places that we will go

I'll show you mine, if you show me yours first.
Let's compare scars, I'll tell you who's is worse.
Let's unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words.

We live on front porches and swing life away
We get by just fine here on minimum wage
If love is a labor I'll slave ?til the end
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand

Swing life away
Swing life away
Swing life away
Swing life away


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"Swing Life Away" as written by Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath, Brandon Barnes, Christopher Chasse

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is just about owning life. The song is about living and not really worrying about anything but love and living. "we live on front porches and swing life away, we get by just fine here on minimum wage." they're saying, we live on minimum wage and we are still happy. Its about swinging life away, we all gotta swing life away
    the danimalon May 16, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTHIS SONG KICKS ASS.
    smallBlackhearton October 16, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about a guy that is really into his relationship and that his girl is his rock. "i wont cross the street until you hold my hand" means that he needs her in his life, and no matter what life brings them, they will be ok. They will swing life away together carefree.... what a lovely song....awww....a different side of rise against, but fucking brilliant.
    flyingblindon October 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis songs so amazing... i cant stop listening to it.. rise against is the best band! I saw these guys perform and it was absolutely nuts
    skawton October 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love it.
    anneymalon October 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song means alot to me I also grew up in arlington heights and went to high school with Tim McIlrath and had the chance to hang out with him a little bit i to me it means exatcly what it says Swing life away stop worrying who is better or who had more money we lived fine on minimum wage happy and free
    Chevyboion October 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits about living life to the fullest and cherishing what you've been blessed with. "we get by just fine here on minimum wage".

    its just happiness.

    amazing song.
    *ghost in the snow*on February 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"am i loud and clear or am i breaking up?"
    do you still listen to me like you did?

    "am i still your charm or am i just bad luck?"
    do you still think of me in the same way?

    "are we getting closer or are we just getting more lost?"
    are we drifting apart?

    "ill show you mine if you show me yours first
    lets compare scars ill tell you whose is worse"
    scars meaning emotional, love&friendship, using humor saying my past will be worse than yours.


    "lets unwrite these pages and replace them with our own words"
    change the past, write over it with our lives together


    "we live on front porches and swing life away
    we get by just fine here on minimum wage
    if love is a labor ill slave til the end
    i wont cross these streets until you hold my hand"
    can live happily without millions of pounds,
    swing life away, live carefree
    love, has it ups and downs, labor, slave till the end, keep going.
    wont cross this street until you hold my hand;
    need you to keep me safe.

    "i been here so long i think that its time to move
    the winters so cold summers over too soon"
    times gone by fast

    "lets pack our bags and settle down where palm
    trees grow"
    lets do what we've always said that we would one day

    "and ive got some friends some that i hardly know
    weve had some times i wouldn't trade for the world"
    so many good times, even with the people i didn't stay with for long


    well that is what i think
    there is so much more i want to write about this song, but i simply can't put it in words!
    beautiful song, that means quite a bit to me.

    wow that was long!
    iyerron February 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think he just wants to be able to just chill and not worry about anything. he wants to reminisce with his old friends and just get through life without all the stress of the world. it really helps one's perspective on life.
    TyGuitaxeon January 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningi think that this song has something to do with homeless youth for some odd reason... if you think of this song coming from the eyes of a homeless youth, it kind of makes sense.

    "ill show you mine if you show me yours first
    lets compare scars ill tell you whose is worse"
    this sounds like teenagers talking with teenagers telling each other their stories and comparing within themselves... trying to find out who has the worst story/life.

    "i been here so long i think that its time to move
    the winters so cold summers over too soon
    lets pack our bags and settle down where palm trees grow
    and ive got some friends some that i hardly know"
    if you have what i talked about in mind then this makes a lot of sense!!! they move around a lot and they dont really know their friends. they move place to place where the weather isnt that bad so they can survive...
    im not sure just an oppinion :P
    andresoad1on May 19, 2011   Link

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