"Sway" as written by and Bic (briolette Kah) Runga....
I can take a road
Takes a little longer
Walk before the house where we had our games
Suffering life, play, making, we discovered fire

People like you made me so much stronger
People like you made me question blame
Huddled in strength like birds on a sloping wire

Hearing your voice makes me so uneasy
Hearing your voice makes me question fame
Money is deaf to the sound of a lover's cry

The language of loss made me so much older
The language of loss made me lose my grip
The language of loss made me silent as a newborn child

'cause everything moves in a shifting cycle
The unison soars and the pressure dips
Making our way steadfast in the skyward mile

And baby I know I will see you someday
Building your house on the very street
You severed your mother's life from your father's land

Finish your home we can join them this way
We talked about peace and a little dream
Marriage and love and divorce we don't understand

And you know I have to sway my leaves and branches slowly
Out in the sun, like the silent shout of youth

And we ask why do we take these leaps and chances
Because we have no choice but to wither into truth

And I dreamed you were there
All the vital signs were standing
When I dreamed you were with me
With the summer at my back

And I dreamed you were there
So complete and undemanding
We know the love that gives
Is what the living always lack

And you know I have to sway my leaves and branches slowly
Out in the sun, like the silent shout of youth

And we ask why do we take these leaps and chances
Because we have no choice but to wither into truth


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"Sway" as written by Joseph Cang Matteo Saggese

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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    General CommentI think this song is about having to leave someone you love...and coming back when you're strong enough to handle the pros and cons of being in a lasting relationship...also excepting the truth about yourself and the person you want to be with
    hotchicklilyon December 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautifully written. i think it's about loving someone when you're young, and then growing apart and growing up and changing.
    jellypopon December 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo gorgeous. I agree with the others, about a loss of a teenage love.
    kaitlynsongmeaningson November 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHow can there not be more comments about this song? It's so damn beautiful, and the lyrics are great. And I agree, about the loss of love.
    Henleyon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBuilding your house on the very street

    I think it should be stream, since it sounds like he says stream, and makes the next line make sense.
    NoSahdowon April 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to be about how their childhood dreams, and plans for their relationship's future, seem so distant now that they are grown up, and have "withered into truth." I think the song also implies that they are growing into their parents, "building your house on the very street/that severed your mother's life from your father's land," "finish your home, we can join them this way...marriage and love and divorce, we don't understand."
    mofloon April 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJust a note - a few lines have been lifted from Yeats' 'Coming of Wisdom with Time', which might also enlighten as to what is spoken of here.

    Though leaves are many, the root is one;
    Through all the lying days of my youth
    I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
    Now I may wither into the truth.
    Joshjosson February 03, 2015   Link

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