"Swan in the Water" as written by and Justin Nozuka....
Father tried to save me
He said believe in the spirit of god
Leave me alone
My mother tried to heal me
She said just feel me, just feel me
Now leave me alone
My brother tried to scold me
He tried to hold me, to mold me
Now leave me alone

My sister tried to listen
But she couldn't understand
It's not how I stand, but where I stand

And you talk
And you talk
And you talk
And then you walk
And you get what you wanted all along
And then you walk

And then you walk oil in the water
How come you can't be with me?
Oil in the fire
I remember how it used to be
Swan in the water,
You're moving so elegantly

And it burns
And it burns
And it burns
And it burns
And it burns

He tired to convince me
It was shouting on the radio and TV screen
Leave me alone
My angels tried to mess me
Constantly testing and testing me
Now leave me alone
The devil tried to bless me,
Confessing the debt
Leave me alone

My sister tried to listen
But she couldn't understand
It's not how I stand, but where I stand

And you talk
And you talk
And you talk
And then you walk
And you get what you wanted all along
And then you walk

And then you walk oil in the water
How come you can't be with me?
Oil in the fire
I remember how it used to be
Swan in the water,
You're moving so elegantly

And it burns
And it burns
And it burns
And it burns
And it burns

The world is trying to break me, trying to break me,
This world is trying to break me
Awww ohhhh I don't want to wait


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"Swan in the Water" as written by Justin Nozuka

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    My Interpretationi think he is saying that people always tell him things and try to make him what they wanted him to be but all he wants is for them to leave him alone.
    evildemonllamaon December 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentCan someone please tell me what this song is about?! I think I have idea, but not sure:( thanks!
    saywhen27on November 23, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI think the song is more so that hes in a downtime in his life "Maybe" from a relationship and he is realizing that everyone doesn't care to give him answers, hes not telling them to leave him alone, thats what their telling him. his Father told him to believe in god and dont bother him. his mother just tried to get him to see her point of view and after she thought he did, she told him to leave her alone, his brother scolded him for getting that attention and instead of understanding him he wanted justin to leave him alone. His sister was really the only person that gave him the time of day to really understand him but she never really could.
    After realizing no one will understand his self he vents his self out to her...

    "Oil in the water, how come you cant be with me"
    He is saying she is oil and he is water and in her state of mind thats how shes lookin at it
    (oil and water cannot mix)


    "Oil in the fire I remember how it used to be"
    This part he is saying that when they're together its a bad thing. Things were not always like that.
    (Oil causes fire to spread-A dysfunctional relationship)


    "Swan in the water,you're moving so elegantly"
    This can possibly be him thinking about the good times, while thinking about her beauty

    The heart of love is constantly hurting him, burning him. the further it hurts the more he vents, the more he vents the more he realize no one cares.

    Swan in the water, how come you cant be with me, he wants to know the answers but all he gets back is...

    "Leave me alone"
















    lyricalB1000on July 27, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that it's not about a relationship, but about life choices that have been made or that need to be made. Everyone has an opinion about what needs to be done and they try to convince him to do what they tell him.

    In the first verse, his Dad tries to "save" him by telling him that he needs to believe in the spirit of God, but he flat out rejects it. Mom tries to heal him by doing what all mothers do: loving on their children. He sorta accepts it (the "now" suggests it), but in the end he wants to be left alone. The brother tries to knock some sense into him while at the same time trying to comfort him and mold him into the person he wants him to be, but like mom he eventually wants to be left alone. Sis is a bit more understanding and isn't trying to force him into anything, but she doesn't understand that it's not the manner in what he's doing, it's where he's choosing to do it.

    When he sings "And you talk and then you walk", he's saying that they try to force the issue then they give up. Then he eventually does what they want, and they still walk away.

    In the chorus, the first imagery is oil in water. Oil to me represents the words/conversations and the water represents him showing that they don't mix. The second imagery, oil and fire (fire being his actions), shows that the words are feeding his actions, as fire is feed by oil. The swan represents the past and how things were easier and more peaceful. All the while, he questions why no one will support him, and their words burn him because he can remember a time when they used to support him.

    The second verse opens with the media/world telling him what he should do, but he immediately rejects it. Then his angels watching over him, constantly test him to see if he does what they what him to do; he goes along with it, but tells them to leave him alone. The devil tries to reward him for his behavior while simultaneously blackmailing him, but he eventually tells him to leave him alone. The sister repeats from the first verse.

    It ends with the world trying to force him into something that he really doesn't want, trying to "break him" of his individuality.
    mellod89on May 23, 2012   Link

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