"Swim" as written by and Gavin Rossdale....
Could not believe
Came here today
Helmet was on
You blew me away
House is on fire
We're naked again
Maybe all we need
Is water and friends
Shackles and chains
Won't keep me away
Temple is you
And my brow is insane
I want to be just like you
I want to feel right through you
I want to see just with you
I want to live
I want to die you
Thinning ice
14 hairdryers
Swimming to you
Flame on earth desire
Poor on the rise
Rich on the fall
This cripple's with you
Fame is a whore
I want to fit inside you
I want to room inside you
If money talks I want to buy you
I want to die
I want to die
I want to live you
I'm not scared of you
Gave up on drugs
If I make it through
The jaws of love
Jaws of love
You give

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"Swim" as written by Gavin Rossdale

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  • +1
    General CommentI like the "starf**ckers" theory but there are a couple problems i have with it. Mostly, when they were writing this song, they weren't popular enough to have groupies. I remember going to one of their concerts a loooooong time ago before "glycerine" was poplular and the majority of the people did not know who Bush was. So here's what i think:
    Starting w/ the title "Swim"-i think this refers to the line in the song "Thinning ice, 14 Hairdryers, Swimming to you" which i think is about a overcoming a struggle/desire to be with someone. So if that is what the song is a/b, then what the heck do the other lyrics mean?:

    "House is on fire
    We're naked again
    Maybe all we need
    Is water and friends"-I think this might be about how he truly cannot resist this person, even though he knows its unhealthy, they end up "naked again"- I think "water"-in reference to putting out the house that is on fire could mean they need to extinguish there 'flame' or passion for each other. And "friends" simply mean distractions to keep them from thinking a/b each other.

    For the remainder of the song, except for the last couple of lines, he has given up trying to resist and throws himself at this person.

    Finally he says...
    "I'm not scared of you
    Gave up on drugs ( i believe the actual words are "gonna give up on drugs")
    If I make it through
    The jaws of love
    Jaws of love"
    Ok, so maybe the keyword for the entire song is "DRUGS" but if not, this last line could mean that he's finally had enough with this screwed up relationship and wants out. Until he is free, however, he will continue to smack large amounts of crack and write crazy songs that are truly truly incredible.

    ANY OTHER OPINIONS?, cause this is really just a guess.
    Oh and as for the line:
    "Poor on the rise
    Rich on the fall
    The cripple's with you
    Fame is a whore"
    we'll just pretend that's not in this song, b/c i really don't get it
    WiplashTheReturnon March 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just think it means being so sexually attracted to someone that it scares the guy. He comes to visit her with "helmet on" or thinking he won't succumb to lust, but she just takes him anyway. Definitely one of my favorite songs. The best line is "shackles and chains won't keep me away"...mmmmm.
    MightyBackwardFallon August 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI especially love the screaming at the end of this song with "You give and you give and you give". One of my favorite songs off of Sixteen Stone.
    cs188on May 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy buddy has a theory that this song is about "starfuckers", or obsessive groupies for the most part... He says its about the love of the art and the path that has been chosen, but fans smother the life out of him... Like his fame is a whore, meaning both a disease infested curse of a lifestyle, and also a "quick fix" to most of his problems...

    It's a double edged sword.
    the deadest roseon January 18, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwow, i can't believe that there are no comments for this song. Whats wrong with you people? j/j. Anyways, i reallly really like this song. I think that its bush at its finest, well maybe not finest, but close. I'm a lot would disagree, but i think its an amazing song. Especially the "i wanna live, i wanna die you" thats awesome.
    ashley007on July 21, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwhoops, i meant "i know a lot would disagree", not "i'm a lot would disagree" sorry, this blonde bleach is gettin to me. . .
    ashley007on July 21, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this is one of my favorite Bush songs. I love the "fame is a whore." I dont exactly get the entire meaning, but its an awesome song.
    Chelseaon July 31, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is sweet and funny, especially the thing with the fourteen hairdryers. It's so random.
    Quickstepon February 26, 2006   Link

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