"The Swimmer" as written by and Charles Thompson....
In the wake of his chariot
You swam toward the latitudes
Leaving for happier times
Florida far behind

Trying your best you were
Ignoring the rescuers
You'd gone so very long
You were so very strong

The scene was so tragic
But that was the magic

Will you never drown?
Will you learn to use
Some forgotten part?
Some forgotten part?

Are you going down
Where the ballyhoos
And the tritons are?
And the tritons are?

You were so incredible
Finding all the edible
Prize of the sea
Prize of the sea

In the wake of his chariot
You swam toward the latitudes
Leaving for happier times
Florida far behind

In division pelagic
You were choragic

Will you never drown?
Will you learn to use
Some forgotten part?
Some forgotten part?

Are you going down
Where the ballyhoos
And the tritons are?
And the tritons are?
And the tritons are?



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"The Swimmer" as written by Charles Thompson

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    General CommentI'd like to know what this is about, no doubt it's something about a tragic case with a swimmer...I'm good at detecting the obvious
    sammyramoneon June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this is related to Thallasocracy. A guy is swimming into the past to be what he once was cos he wants to detach himself from this world and return to the sea: pelagic = oceans, choragic = leader
    geebeeon June 18, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is one of my favorite FB&TC songs. I initially liked it for the musicianship and the beautiful sadness of the steel guitar over the unconventional chord progression that somehow work perfectly, as most FB&TC songs do.

    After many listens, I think I finally realized what the song is about. Frank is singing about someone with a persecution complex, or victim complex. They have gone through a painful experience, but now removed from it, they continue to struggle and insist that they are being persecuted. Frank is describing that help is available, but the swimmer refuses to grab the hands of those who have reached out to rescue her (him?). Frank wonders how the swimmer is able to stay afloat, yet not make any progress with their problem. Frank wonders if the swimmer will figure it out, or if they will ultimately sink to the bottom of the sea.
    pugbyon May 10, 2012   Link

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