"I Sing I Swim" as written by Sindri Mar Sigfusson and Sindri Mar Sigfusson....
When the birds are sleeping
That's when the trees sing
You left your winter clothes
And your teeth marks in my skin

So shake the leaves off the trees
Watch them float down the stream
Your son, your daughter
Swimming in the water

I miss you
Even when you're around
A black cloud
Sending lightning to the ground

Darling, please show your teeth
Just one more dance to help me sleep
All good, cold water eyes
Fill the past with friendly nights

Human skin can be hard to live in
You'll feel better in the morning
Swim, wash your hands in the lake
Swim, you got a heart in the way

Trails lost in the snow
Make way for winter's eerie glow
And that black rock in your bedroom
I hope you'll climb it soon

In your boat tied to a tree
I hope you'll find the sea

Throw me a dream please
It's been a dreamless sleep
For such a long time
Such a long time

Sing myself awake
Watch the branches break
No one could
Ever take your place

Swim, wash your face in the lake
Sing, you've got a diamond under your skin


Lyrics submitted by littlebabykatie

"I Sing I Swim" as written by Sindri Mar Sigfusson

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

I Sing I Swim song meanings
Add your thoughts

41 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentI just discovered this band on iTunes and I'm liking them a lot. What a unique song. I've listened to it a couple times and I get a notion that the song is somehow about abortion, or at least it has a pro-life twinge to it. In the first paragraph, it sounds like they had sex or whatevs, then in the second paragraph it says "Your Son, Your Daughter, Swimming in the Water" like she has conceived. Later it says
    "Human skin, can be hard to live in
    You'll feel better in the morning
    Wash your hands in the lake
    You've got a heart, some way"
    as if to say she has morning sickness, or perhaps it's hard to have a teenage pregnancy or soemthing, but that the baby is human nonetheless (You've got a heart some way").

    At the end it says "Wash your face in the lake
    You've got a diamond under your skin". It's like telling her to refresh herself, be happy, snap out of it, because children are precious. I could be wrong, it's just my interpretation. Beautiful song.
    mjennin23on March 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me, this song is about someone that this person doesn't fully know, but already loves.

    "i miss you even when you're around"
    this relates to me. all the daydreams you've had about this person, that seemed so real. and when this person is around, you hardly even communicate.
    peacestriveron February 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI miss this song, even when it's on.
    kidmehon March 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is my personal theme song. I have unexplainable feelings whenever I listen to it.

    Every line touches my heart.

    It just.. makes sense.
    I love you seabear.
    omghayleyon June 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo shake the leaves, off the trees,
    Watch them float down the stream
    [this whole lil part reminds me of someones efforts to get over a memory.. its time to get over it in a sense]

    And I miss you, even when you're around
    I'm a black cloud,
    [she left- he got sad- this sounds like its about a relationship]

    So darling please, show your teeth
    Just one more dance to help me sleep
    [this seems like a cry to come back]

    ???, cold water eyes
    Fill the past with friendly nights
    [its over- theres crying going on- all the good times you just experienced are in the past]

    Human skin, can be hard to live in
    You'll feel better in the morning
    [everybody has those moments when they are about to go to bed and your just depressed as fuck- thats kinda what i got from that..that to me is the deepest line in the whole song.. "human skin, can be hard to live in"]

    Sing myself awake
    Watch the branches break
    No one could ever take your place
    [he cant sleep, all he can think about is her and the fact that nobody could ever be as good as she was... hell never be able to have that back- its all just gone, and he has to deal with that]

    Wash your face in the lake
    You've got a diamond under your skin
    [time will pass, youll get over it with time.. youll be happy again :] ]

    "throw me a dream please"
    rihkalon July 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was, "Owl Girl, cold water eyes." Not positive, but that's what I assumed it was the first few times I listened to it, considering how many times Seabear mentions owls, and specifically, Owl Girl.
    ciseauxon November 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally I think this song is about someone watching another lost in a terrible depression.

    The tree is symbolic of the person the singer is talking about. He's asking them to shake off the troubles and wash them away. The teeth marks represent the fight that the person once had and the singer is relating to how he misses the fight (liveliness).

    The singer misses the person that they used to be even though the shell of them is still around. And he's doing whatever he can to try and bring some kind of life back "I'm a black cloud/Sending lightning to the ground". He asks, "show your teeth," as in bring some of that life back again. Fight again and the singer can stop worrying enough to get some sleep. "Human skin can be hard to live in," is representative of someone depressed over whom they've become and what a change but don't know what to do so they've basically given up. Anyway, you know where I'm going with this.
    smallatomicbombon June 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI like alot of the interpretation in these comments, but what came to my mind is that this is about mourning the loss of synergy of a relationship, being supportive / understanding and trying to get the person out of deep depression.

    let me explain... when you're in a good relationship you play off your partner and you mood and enjoyment of life is enhanced by the interactions you have. I know from experience that some people have depressive periods and the other half of the partnership also looses alot by not having the personality they love around, even if the person is there.

    Specifically, I thought of a long married couple who's kids have left home. The depressed person is say the home maker / child carer who's life was defined and purposful before the children left but now everything has changed. It hard to redefine yourself after all that and the world seems scary.

    What I love about the song is that the other half, is clearly (to me any how) being supportive, understanding and patient and trying to get them to take the steps to get them back to their old selves.

    I love the metaphors... I'm sure I don't have to explain :)
    numptyon July 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFill the past with friendly skies

    skies should be nights.
    i love this song. very summery.
    AlixandraA.m.on August 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me so sad.
    I listened to it like five times today just because I watched The Science of Sleep.
    jxnarcoticzon September 15, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain