"Getting Away With It" as written by Timothy Booth, James Glennie, David John Baynton-power, Saul Davies and Mark Hunter....
Are you aching for the blade?
That's OK, we're insured
Are you aching for the grave?
That's OK, we're insured
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
Daniel's saving Grace
She's out in deep water
Hope he's a good swimmer
Daniel plays his ace
Deep inside his temple
He knows how to serve her
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
Daniel drinks his weight
Drinks like Richard Burton
Dance like John Travolta
Now
Daniel's saving Grace
He was all but drowning
Now they live like dolphins
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
We're getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
Oh, getting away with it all messed up
Getting away with it all messed up
That's the living
Getting away with it
We're getting away with it
That's the living
That's the living


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"Getting Away With It" as written by James Glennie David John Baynton-power

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  • +2
    General CommentI know this song is about Grease, but I can't help think it's about life in general. How we struggle to make it, how we make mistakes, but how nothing (well, almost nothing) is final and fatal. How we can always "bounce back" after a mistake. "Are you aching for the blade/grave" is the person unable to cope with his/her mistakes, believing he/her is not worthy of living anymore.
    I also thought the lyrics to this song followed "That's ok, we'ren't sure" (of course you can't write it like that..) as if telling the person that you don't know how life is either. We're getting away with it all messed up because we're human and flawed.
    I also viewed Daniel saving Grace because she couldn't handle the life she was living and Daniel tried to talk to her and make her feel better about herself.
    I never saw grease. I hope it's a decent movie, cause this song should be deep and inspiring.
    leethalon March 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDaniel drinks hos weight
    Drinks like Spiderbio....
    I've consumed tons of beer by that song...
    Spiderbioon July 01, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell from a wild guess it could be about the film "grease" ..Daniel's saving Grace
    She's out in deep water
    Hope he's a good swimmer
    in the song summer lovin on grease "i saved her life she nearly drowned....he showed off splashing around" john travolta is also mentioned in the song and he plays the charactor of "daniel" on grease
    budders444on April 29, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningIt looks like I got something completely different from everyone else. "Getting away with it all messed up" seemed to be about how we can continuously shoot ourselves in the foot, over and over again. It seems to be how our entire being is geared towards survival, and that the safety of the modern world has caused us to really get away with it all messed up. That is to say, because we survive, we view our actions, behaviours, attitudes and perspectives as "okay".

    The metaphor of drowning shows water as all the parts of our lives that just don't work, to the point where it sufficates us. Then, the reference to dolphins depict a creature that spend their entire lives in water, surfacing only for enough air as they need to "get away with it".

    "Daniel's saving Grace" did throw me a bit though. Here is where the song takes a different tone. It's no longer "getting away with it" but "going for it", which is a completely different vibe. Maybe all interpretations are bullshit, and it's just random words strung together.
    Jonydudeon December 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTRUE...!!!
    Eponaon January 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinatly deserved it's jjj hottest 100 spot
    squeeon September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is this song about? And don´t tell me is about just what it says...
    Oiramon May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLiving for today?
    hihoricherinoon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerhaps it's about alcoholism? Or about the craziness called "life"?
    Idion November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentapparantly it's about a guy Daniel who was a friend of his and was thinking of commiting suicide... more than beer
    Ollieon December 19, 2004   Link

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