How is little Thomas Magee?
Thomas Magee, he swallowed a key
Did he die, little Thomas Magee?
Holly, Holly, just let him be
His wife now, little Thomas Magee
Called this cat on a telephone
Heart was beating in my chest
I'd eaten something I could not digest
And the phone kept ringing
There's no-one home
Ran to his house, rapped on the window
Ooh blood was pumping much to fast
Stuck my fingers through the glass
Strange music playin' on the radio
Swing low, swing low
Swing low, swing low
Way down low and carry me home

Pray like Peter, preach like Paul
Jesus died to save us all
I climbed through the window
I crawled on the floor
I ripped up all the furniture
But I still couldn't find what I was looking for
Problems that we claim as our own
Cannot be solved, they must be outgrown
The bottomless knowledge cannot be known
The empty ring on the telephone
And the strange music playin' on the radio
Swing low, swing low
Swing low, swing low
Yea way down low and carry me home

Where do you go?
Where do you go?
Swing low, baby, save my soul
Where do you go?
Where do you go?
Swing low, babe, and save my soul
Swing low, swing low
Swing low, swing low
Swing low, swing low
Swing low, swing low


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    General CommentThe fact that a song of this quality was left off an album like Nocturama is a supreme testament to the exquisite quality of NC&TBS. This would constitute a masterpiece for the vast majority of bands operating not just today but for the past 30 years. Unbelievable!!
    mackkaon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA haunting and brilliant song, the lyrics and music running together perfectly.

    'Swing low, save my soul' references 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot', the African-American spiritual.

    I can't find any references to Thomas Magee anywhere.

    He swallowed the key to something the narrator is desperate to obtain. So he breaks into the house and rips up all the furniture. Drugs reference?
    Stevelloyd77on February 27, 2012   Link

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