"Swing" as written by and David Sylvian....
Tell me when the work is done
Tell me when the day is through
And I'll drive safely inside my car
Taking islands in Africa

Shout if someone gets too near
I'll know just what I ought to do
And I'll arrive safely in my car
Taking islands in Africa

Now your feet are back on the ground again
She'll say the weather's dim
But relax my love
Relax and swing

Things you say are not too clear
I'm someone you'll neither know nor care
But I'll sit here and watch from afar
Taking islands in Africa

Now your feet are back on the ground again
She'll say the weather's dim
But relax my love
Relax and swing


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"Swing" as written by David Sylvian

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    General Commentto me its always been about detachment, isolating yourself from everybody, the song "taking islands in africa" ( which is referenced in this song ) to me also means being alone, or at least away from everyone whos on dry land! "I'm someone you'll neither know nor care, But I'll sit here and watch from afar" to me the lyric "whisper in the wind" is how he seems to other people, like a ghost who is almost not there at all. if i had to pick 1 favourite japan song, it would have to be this one, ive heard it hundreds of times, and have never got tired of it.
    johnstonutdon June 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNot very clear to me, from some lines it seems to me that it is about a girl that is telling lies about herself but the guy doesn't care abour those things because it's important to him, and he says to her -
    "But relax my love
    Relax and swing".

    I don't think that's what he meant, but it is just how I see it. Not trying to hard is needed when talking about song meanings.

    And obviously - beautiful song,
    Japan are simply the best.
    JpnGhton April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI meant that it's NOT important to him.
    JpnGhton April 08, 2006   Link

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