I pull my collar down low
To show my sucking chest wound
The taste of apple and tin
On a hot spring afternoon
A child screams in midair
A diving board springs to place
My eyelids burn with delight
Can murder be done with such
Grace and style
No no no no no no way

Now i'm face down in the yard
I'm feeling shakey and pale
My nails encrusted in brown
My big experiment failed
The swingset swings in the back
The chains are rusty and old
The crossbar creaks as it bends
The seat is slpintering
No no no no no no way

Lyrics submitted by SpooktheHerd

Rusty song meanings
Add Your Thoughts


sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Comment
    This was such a beautiful song from !. The lyrics appear to be about a general loss of innocence, the world becoming a darker, more forboding place than it once was in our childhood. The question of can murder be done with grace and style later followed by the statement 'my big experiment failed' makes it sound, though, that the loss of the subjects innocence has not totally been the doing of some outside source. Could face down in the yard be his position at the time of arrest? Such a lovely, reminiscent sounding song with such ominous open ended lyrics, there really is no straight interpretation of this.
    SpooktheHerdon April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    This song (like a few of the other ones on !) kind of gives me the creeps. It seems to be about this guy murdering a child, and his "nails encrusted in brown" are from his attempts to dig a hole to hide the body in. I don't know about deeper meaning though.
    fuiq3on April 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    This song reminds me of the time I was a kid, swinging and jumping from the swing. I miscalculated my final launch & hit the ground hard. Broke my arm in 5 places. To me, (on a riff from a previous post,) the song is, in fact, about a loss of innocence. The protagonist is at a childhood party, leaps from a swing set and ends up face down in the dirt. ("My nails encrusted in brown") While all the other kids are playing, he's in agony and comes to the inevitable realization that he's not invincible. Life hurts, a lot.
    7Endless7on July 15, 2016   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
Another Love
Tom Odell
I think the meaning is pretty clear. This person got really burned in a previous relationship, and because of this is unable to love and show care in his present one, even though he so badly wants to. It's lovely song, and very sad. You can really feel how defeated and frustrated he is with himself.
Album art
Cranberries, The
"Zombie" is about the ethno-political conflict in Ireland. This is obvious if you know anything of the singer (Dolores O'Riordan)'s Irish heritage and understood the "1916" Easter Rising reference. "Another head hangs lowly Child is slowly taken And the violence caused such silence Who are we mistaken - Another mother's breaking Heart is taking over" Laments the Warrington bomb attacks in which two children were fatally injured on March 23rd, 1993. Twelve year old Tim Parry was taken off life support with permission from his mother after five days in the hospital, virtually braindead. "But you see it's not me It's not my family" References how people who are not directly involved with the violence feel about it. They are "zombies" without sympathy who refuse to take action while others suffer.
Album art
Loved by You
Justin Bieber
The fourteenth track, "Loved By You" of the singer's latest studio album titled "Justice", was produced by Josh Gudwin, Skrillex, Jason Evigan & LeriQ. It was released on March 19, 2021.
Album art
River Tiber
This standout psychedelic track was produced in its entirety by River Tiber, being released to all major digital streaming platforms on December 29, 2020.
Album art
I don't want another sorry
Dax & Trippie Redd
This standalone single marks the first official collaboration between the two rappers. The track was produced by SephGotTheWaves, Stillsanexile & Trademark. It was released on December 29, 2020.