"Sweet Ride" as written by and Tanya Donelly....
Climbing out
We stumble around
All smoky and soaked to the bone
I carry the crown of a girl underground
I'm down for a sweet ride
I'm down for a sweet ride
I'm down for a sweet ride
So follow me down
Once was lost now am found
This is my dream
Coming down
And smiling too loud
Smoking and soaked to the bone
We wear my mistake like a crown
Once was lost now am found
I'm down for a sweet ride
I'm down for a sweet ride
I'm down for a sweet ride
I'm down
I'm down for a sweet ride
(I lost him too)
I'm down for a sweet ride
(And my vow made it new)
I'm down for a sweet ride
(I lost it too)
So follow me down
Once was lost now am found
Once was lost now am found
This is my dream


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"Sweet Ride" as written by Lee Hazlewood

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    General Commentthis song should have been on their debut album. It is the most gorgeous, lugubrious, song by Belly. It's simply haunting. Tanya Donelly is one of the greatest lyricists of our time. Her lyrics are intricate and enchanting. This was the first song I learned to play on the guitar. It's unbelievable.
    bobo5467on September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like the line "Smiling too loud" - It felt so good, she was obviously sooo proud of herself, presumably for having sex (first time? Or after getting married and stopping her sleeping around - "vow made it new")? But she obviously thinks getting married or getting involved with this person may not be the best idea, since she's asking him(?) to follow her "down."
    descendenton March 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about escaping reality through drugs.
    The person in the song has a rough life and is 'down for a sweet ride'.

    Once was lost now am found.
    This is my dream.
    Coming down,
    And smiling too loud.
    Smoking and soaked to the bone

    "Once was lost now Im found" (the feeling after shooting up) "Smiling too loud" (you're in your rush and not aware of anything else)

    "Smoking and soaked to the bone" goes for falling out of a rush.
    We wear my mistake like a crown. Mistake is for addiction, and when you're high on coke you feel like a king or a queen. It makes you feel superior.

    Anyway, t hat's just my 2 cents.
    carenp26on June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have to completely agree with the first comment. This song is just amazing. I feel the lyrics have many interpretations though... that's why I like Tanya's songs so much.

    Maybe it is about a relationship:

    Climbing out,
    We stumble around,
    All smoky and soaked to the bone.
    I carry the crown of a girl underground.

    Referring to her (their) past - now she's down for a sweet ride, settling down, forgetting about whatever (bad things? rough things?) happened in the past.


    Not the interpretation I'd choose personally, for me it's got a deeper meaning I can't seem to explain but it's just another possibility :)
    sadiesadieon August 27, 2010   Link

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