"Swing" as written by and Ani Difranco....
She came to and her
Whole life was how she remembered it
She had a mouth full of fur
And she was laughing
She parked her hearse across
Three spaces posted motorcycles only
And jumped out shouting
Wha the cus could make a nice girl like us
Feel so lonely?

Are you weary as water
In a faucet left dripping
With an incessant sadness
Like a sad record skipping
And an ugly and ornery
And shadowy dread
Lurking like a troll under the bridge
Between your heart and your head

Please dumb blind kind sir
Lend little miss listless a little bit of Christmas
She's been a real good girl
But now she's stuck here
The world is so little and still
Mysterious and ominous as ever before
Like an unmarked bottle of pills
On the shelf right next to the thing
You were reaching for

Swing the groove 'round here
Where I can reach it
When I get my ass back on track
I'm gonna need it
Swing shift til I get the money
To buy me and my baby a moon full of honey
Then I'm gonna turn off the nagging voices
Inside my head
That follow me to bed and say
You suck

If you dig it on the sound
Break it down
No walls up, break it down
Break it down
Happiness spread it all around
Break it down
Racism stomp it in the ground
Break it down
So if you dig it on the sound
Break it down
No walls up, break it down
Break it down
Ignorance stomp it in the ground
Break it down
Happiness spread it all around
Break it down

Check, who said folk and hip-hop can't latch
Put us together on the stage and light a match
Kaboom, guess who stepped in the room
Sweeping you off your feet like we had a broom
With Ani Difranco and Maceo
Add a little freestyle flow and who knows
Put a little scratchin' into the mix
And it's enough to get you high if you need a fix

So, if you dig it on the sound
Break it down
No walls up, break it down
Break it down
Ignorance stomp it in the ground
Break it down
Happiness spread it all around
Break it down
If you dig it on the sound
Break it down
No walls up, break it down
Break it down
Racism stomp it in the ground
Break it down
Happiness spread it all around
Break it down

So, if you dig it on the sound
Break it down


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"Swing" as written by Ani Difranco

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    General CommentFun music- this used to be one of my favorites to listen to while closing up the little shop I once worked at. Good funky rhythm and fun, tongue-dancing lyrics to sing along with. One of the scarce songs where Ani isn't really delivering any sort of message or going on a mini tirade of sorts, rather she's just going with a general idea and rolling it around a bit while she and Maceo Parker (guest artist on this song) get their musical groove on.

    To me she is saying that life can wear her, but she gets up and rocks the boat around a bit and does what else she can to keep herself up.
    SledCatcheron August 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAre you weary as water?
    In a faucet left dripping
    With an incessant sadness
    Like a sad record skipping
    And an ugly and ornery
    and shadowy dread
    Lurking like a troll under the bridge
    Between your heart and your head

    She came to and her
    whole life was how she remembered it
    She had a mouth full of fur
    and she was laughing
    She parked her hearse across
    three spaces posted "motorcycles only"
    and jumped out shouting
    What the cuss could make a nice girl like us feel so lonely?

    Are you weary as water?
    In a faucet left dripping
    With an incessant sadness
    Like a sad record skipping
    With an ugly and ornery
    and shadowy dread
    Lurking like a troll under the bridge
    Between your heart and your head

    Please dumb blind kind sir
    Lend little miss listless a little bit of christmas
    She's been a real good girl
    But now she's stuck here
    The world is so little and still
    Mysterious and ominous as ever before
    Like an unmarked bottle full of pills
    On the shelf right next to the thing
    You were reaching for

    Are you weary as water?
    In a faucet left dripping
    With an incessant sadness
    Like a sad record skipping
    And an ugly and ornery
    and shadowy dread
    Lurking like a troll under the bridge
    Between your heart and your head

    Swing the groove 'round here
    Where I can reach it
    When I get my ass back on track
    I know I'm gonna need it, I'm really gonna need it
    Swing shift until I get the money
    Buy me and my baby a moon full of honey
    Then I'm gonna turn off the nagging voice
    that follows me to bed
    and fills my head with:

    ("You suck")
    Are you weary as water?
    ("What did you do that for?")
    In a faucet left dripping
    With an incessant sadness
    Like a sad record skipping
    With an ugly and ornery
    ("Well you could have just...")
    and shadowy dread
    ("You didn't have to...")
    Lurking like a troll under the bridge
    ("You were so close...")
    Between your heart and your head

    She came to and her
    whole life was how she remembered it
    She had a mouth full of fur
    and she was laughing
    She parked her hearse across
    three spaces posted "motorcycles only"
    and jumped out shouting
    What the cuss could make a nice girl like us feel so lonely?
    So lonely?

    Are you weary as water?

    In a faucet left dripping

    With an incessant sadness

    Like a sad record skipping

    If you're diggin on the sound
    No walls up, break it down
    Uh happiness, spread it all around
    Racism thump it in the ground

    So if you're diggin on the sound
    No walls up, break it down
    Uh ignorance thump it in the ground
    Then happiness spread it all around

    Check

    Who said Folk and Hip Hop can't latch
    Put us together on the stage and light a match
    Kaboom
    Guess who stepped in the room
    Sweeping you off your feet
    Like we had a broom
    With Ani Difranco and Maceo
    Add a little freestyle flow
    and who knows
    Put a little scratchin into the mix
    And it's enough to get you high if you need a fix

    So if you're diggin on the sound
    Uh no walls up, break it down
    Uh ignorance thump it in the ground
    Happiness spread it all around

    So if you're diggin on the sound
    No walls up, break it down
    Racism thump it in the ground
    Uh happiness, spread it all around
    Uh if you're diggin on the sound
    worldlisteneron January 19, 2012   Link

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