"Swingin' Party" as written by and Paul Westerberg....
Bring your own lampshade
Somewhere there's a party
Here it's never ending
Can't remember when it started
Pass around the lampshade
There'll be plenty enough room in jail

If being wrong's a crime
I'm serving forever
If being strong's your kind
Then I need help here with this feather

If being afraid is a crime
We hang side by side
At the swingin' party down the line

Pound the prairie pavement
Losing proposition
Quitting school and going to work
And never going fishing
Water all around,
I never learned how to swim now

If being wrong's a crime
I'm serving forever
If being strong's your kind
Then I need help here with this feather

If being afraid is a crime
We hang side by side
At the swingin' party down the line
At the swingin' party down the line

Bring your own lampshade
Somewhere there's a party
Here it's never ending,
Can't remember when it started
Pass around the lampshade
There'll be plenty enough room in jail

If being wrong's a crime
I'm serving forever
If being strong is what you want
Then I need help here with this feather

If being afraid is a crime
We hang side by side
At the swingin' party down the line
At the swingin' party down the line


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"Swingin Party" as written by Paul Westerberg

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    My Interpretation"Quitting school and going to work and never going fishing." - After you graduate or quit school you're suppose to get a job and work. Usually when someone puts up a sign saying, "Gone fishin" it means they're taking a break from work. "Never going fishing" means never taking a break; continually working.

    "Water all around, I never learned how to swim now" - School/college is suppose to prepare you for the future and what to expect; but when you actually get there you realize how unprepared you really are, and everything you were taught doesn't help you.

    "If being wrong's a crime, I'm serving forever. If being strong's your kind, then I need help here with this feather. If being afraid is a crime, we hang side by side, at the swingin party down the line" - They are afraid of something (the future?) and maybe made some bad decisions that they're going to pay for.
    allonsy723on October 28, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningI could be wrong, but I think the line "I need help here with this feather" is a reference to the white feather which was used as a symbol of cowardice during World War 1 to shame young men into enlisting in the army.
    tysoncadenheadon May 12, 2015   Link
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    General CommentDear native speakers,

    does anyone know why you should bring a lampshade?

    Btw, after I heard this song for the first time I thought she was singing about a collective suicide plot - "here it`s never ending, can´t remember where it started" - the eternity you find in death; "swinging party", "we hang side by side" sounds still very romantic to me, but I guess I was wrong
    misanthobion June 26, 2015   Link

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