"Swan Song" as written by Rick Nowels and Elizabeth Grant....
Put your white tennis shoes on and follow me
Why work so hard when you could just be free?
You got your moment now, you got your legacy
Let's leave the world for the ones who change everything
Nothing could stop the two of us
Let's just get lost, that's what we want

And I will never sing again
And you won't work another day
I will never sing again
With just one wave it goes away
It will be our swan song
It will be our swan song
Be our swan song
It will be our swan song

Dive in, dive deep in dark blue suede
Rushing up from the water where the ice meets
And you've been gone so long, you missed everything
The world can change in a day if you go away, but
Nothing could stop the two of us
If that's what we want, we could just get lost

And I will never sing again
And you won't work another day
I will never sing again
With just one wave it goes away
It will be our swan song
It will be our swan song
Be our swan song
It will be our swan song

Live your life
Live your life, where you've been
Where you're going to
(Going to)
Say good night
Say good night to the life in the world we live
I'm going to follow you

And I will never sing again
And you won't work another day
And I will never sing again
You won't work another day

It will be our swan song
It will be our swan song
Be our swan song
It will be our swan song

Put your white tennis shoes on and follow me
Put your white tennis shoes on and follow me
Put your white tennis shoes on and follow me
Why you work so hard when you could just be free?


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"Swan Song" as written by Rick Nowels Elizabeth Grant

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    General CommentCall me crazy, but to me, this sounds like Lana is singing to herself. Old Lana, Lizzy Grant, singing to new Lana, after she's found fame.

    She's basically telling herself "Why are you doing this? Why are you working so hard? Is it even worth it? Is this all really what you want?" She's telling her she could return to the freedom she once had, and that a part of her still longs for, and she could end everything now and be done with it. A "Swan Song" is basically the end, it's the final performance before the singer goes away.

    Lana has admitted herself that she's had some struggles with fame and she's spoke a few times about retiring, though thankfully it hasn't happened. Sometimes I think deep down she wishes she could return to her old lifestyle and live carefree like she used too, and in a way she feels like she's missed out on a lot by choosing the path that she's chosen, which would explain the lyrics "And you've been gone so long you've missed everything."

    This is such a beautiful song. One of my favorites off of Honeymoon, for sure.
    GoddessofLoveon September 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about having a suicide pact with your lover. Think about it.
    LoudSilenceson October 23, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's pretty clear that she's singing about leaving her career behind— she's also talking about running away with someone as she leaves it behind. "Leave the world for the ones who change everything" implies she doesn't feel she's making a difference in society, as opposed to the "ones who do everything" while she sings and writes songs. She's not sure if her career is fulfilling enough long-term.

    "I will never sing again, and you won't work another day"— it's a song about departure, from careers, maybe even from life itself. This song makes me wonder about her future as a musician, as she's said many times that she may never write another album, but she always does. Her duplicitous interviews make it even more puzzling as she references feeling trapped in the industry and saying dramatically that she wants to die.

    It's hard to tell if what she's done made of herself is what she really wants in her life.
    scottdoesntknow628on September 28, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about having a suicide pact with your lover. Think about it.
    LoudSilenceson October 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about having a suicide pact with your lover. Think about it.
    LoudSilenceson October 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about having a suicide pact with your lover. Think about it.
    LoudSilenceson October 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about having a suicide pact with your lover. Think about it.
    LoudSilenceson October 23, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about having a suicide pact with your lover. Think about it.
    LoudSilenceson October 23, 2015   Link
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    General CommentDid anyone notice that the intro faded vocals are from High By the Beach?!!!!!


    I never thought this was a suicide pact song, I think it's more likely her literally wondering whether being famous is worth it, and that she wants to just dissappear with her lover to be free from the media hahah (i kinda picture the house from HBTB too here, great place to retire to?)
    subversiviolenceon January 27, 2016   Link
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    General CommentLana sings about someone that has disappeared due to work/break up, she sees them as being gone for so long that the world and herself are different , possibly even death is imminent; "ice and water" are symbols for death in film; which Lana loves considering her fascination with Hollywood. She wishes that she can be her old self again too ...possibly with him maybe one last time.
    She would do whatever it takes to be for that last shot, leaving her career behind for it.
    I Find this interesting that this is the last song on the album.
    J03Lon June 11, 2016   Link

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