"Swim" as written by and Mcmahon....
You gotta swim
Swim for your life
Swim for the music
That saves you
When you're not so sure you'll survive
You gotta swim
Swim when it hurts
The whole world is watching
You haven't come this far
To fall off the earth

The currents will pull you
Away from your love
Just keep your head above

I found a tidal wave
Begging to tear down the door
Memories like bullets
They fired at me from a gun
Cracking me open now
I swim to brighter days
Despite the absence of sun
Choking on salt water
I'm not giving in
You gotta swim

You gotta swim
For nights that won't end
Swim for your family
Your lovers your sisters
Your brothers your friends
You gotta swim
For wars without cause
Swim for these lost politicians
Who don't see their greed is a flaw

The currents will pull us
Away from our love
Just keep your head above

I found a tidal wave
Begging to tear down the door
Memories like bullets
They fired at me from a gun
Cracking me open now
I swim to brighter days
In spite of the absence of sun
Choking on salt water
I'm not giving in
I'm not giving in
Swim

You gotta swim
Swim in the dark
There's an ocean to drift in
Feel the tide shifting away from this war
Yeah you gotta swim
Don't let yourself sink
Just follow the horizon
I promise you it's not as far as you think

Currents will drag us away from our love
Just keep your head above
Just keep your head above
Swim
Just keep your head above
Swim
Just keep your head above
Swim


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"Swim" as written by Andrew Ross Mcmahon

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  • +3
    General CommentLast night at the show, Andrew said that during the middle of writing The Glass Passenger, he got really lost, stuck and had no idea how he was going to finish it. He said he was sitting down and then saw a piece of paper with 'Swim' written on it, which gave him the kickstart he needed.

    Nice story there!
    tommyhaychon March 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's simply about fighting for what maatters
    irthesteveon December 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this might have a lot to do with
    andrew's stay in the hospital.
    I've heard from a lot of people
    with leukemia and cancer
    that their always fighting.

    and I think that's what swim means.
    and he's being pulled under the
    waves, he's saying you have to
    fight, for yourself and your family.

    beautiful.
    suckyourpitydownxon September 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionMy boyfriend who is an aspiring musician has recently been so sick that he cannot even walk. The doctors don't know what is wrong with him, but they are doing all kinds of blood work. Andrew McMahon is his hero, and initially, this song was his favorite because it made him think about his life, and how many things he has over come. But since he's been sick, it has taken on an all encompassing meaning. The other day I heard him listening to this song on his ipod, on repeat. I think it's amazing how one person can inspire an individual so much. I wish I could thank Andrew McMahon for writing this song...it's incredible.
    ilytrueblueon December 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. saw the youtube video of it at summerfest. it was awesome.
    MCSmateon July 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me way too much of his early song "spin"
    welcome2hell69on July 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much. i can totally relate to it

    i think it sends a really positive message about not giving up on something thats challenging.
    jacksmannequinisluvon July 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Swim
    You gotta swim
    Swim in the dark
    The ocean is drifting
    Feel the tide shifting
    and wait for the spark
    Yeah you gotta swim
    Don't let yourself sink
    Just find the horizon
    I promise you it's not as far as you'd think
    The currents will drag us away from our love
    Just keep your head above"
    starshine1763on July 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so uplifting. Absolutely Beautiful.
    Riquentinon July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUplifting and Beautiful.
    slowdance104on July 28, 2008   Link

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