I couldn't stop myself
I knew I'd do it again
But I could heal myself,
If I could feel your skin
And if I comprehend this moment
I know we'll live again
And if I heal your wound
We will make love again
And now we're slipping through this millenium
We should feel sorry for the people
Can I kiss your skin?
And there's hunger in the desert.
And missiles in the sky
And every soul is interwoven
Before the wrong or right
I know we'll live again
Though it's just a feeling
I know we'll never end
I'll keep you company


Lyrics submitted by jt, edited by Mellow_Harsher

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  • +4
    General CommentAwesome song.

    It was based on a man so lonely he killed young men for company. Sad, creepy.
    Cynothoglyson January 15, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo expand on whats been said...Dennis Nilsen was a homosexual, who would lure young men/boys back to his place and strangle them to death. He would then keep the corpses, have sex with them, bathe them and prop them up in his house as if they were watching tv etc with him...Literally, killing for company.
    Faaip De Oiadon August 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pleased that out of all Swans songs, this one got the most comments (Two?! But still...)

    I connected with this song when I was at a strange moment in my life. Far from home, in bed with a stranger, and thinking all kinds of strange and scattershot thoughts about existence, love, suffering, et cetera. Swans have been one of those bands to me that didn't just write songs with clear cut "messages"...more like dark snapshots of abstract but very palpable emotions with lulls and climaxes (Which is why this band doesn't have too many people guessing the "meanings" on this site, I fear). I love Swans so much. There may never be another like them.
    israfelon February 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGood point, Israfel.

    Cynothoglys, how do you know all this shit? Nonetheless, I'm really glad you're commenting on alot of these swans songs (and some of the coil ones too I might add).
    thunderperfectmindon February 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThere's a part missing in the lyrics:
    "I know we'll live again
    Though it's just a feeling
    I know we'll never end
    Like there was no beginning
    I know it's cold tonight
    I'll kiss your velvet skin
    I know we'll never end
    I'll keep you company"
    .

    although people here are saying it was inspired by a serial killer, it still gives me another vision, for me this song might be about someone lost who'd do absolutely anything (sometimes very very dangerous stuff) just to have company, this is why i relate to it on the highest level, i was and am the same; when i moved into a bigger city, the capital of Iran. i felt the most isolated amongst the mass of the crowds. i wanted every human being to be mine. for me to be able to manipulate them the way i wanted because i needed company. now i've got too many friends and acquaintances all around the city. im used to walking miles from leaving a friend and joining another almost every day so i wouldnt have to taste my ever growling loneliness and emptiness. falsely accusing the others with the same title, wanting to give everyone the love nobody has given me has left me with an even deeper empty black hole inside my heart and mind...
    nava115370on June 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. this song is really something ...
    catherinekson June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read about this. I like the music.
    Cynothoglyson February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentM. Gira was inspired by the serial killer/necrophile Dennis Nilsen. There is actually a book by the same name, I remember reading it as a teenager. I highly recommend it if you are into that sort of thing.
    cicon May 10, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentwhy no one comments on swans? no one seems to even know that band!
    kid_kilowatton November 11, 2004   Link

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