Another fight on the street below
They've got things to prove
Shouting threats and sending out a counter glow
All they do is walk, talk, knit socks, wind clocks
And crawl on their bellies like a reptile

I have no idea at all
I hear a sound

We talk of parks and simple places
Sense the thickness of the air
Highly strung like nervous guitars
My fingers make waves in you

We're afraid to call it love
Let's call it swimming


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Swimming Lyrics as written by Daniel Lanois Andrew Haas

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite 80's songs, back in a time when we all had time on our hands (in my perception, anyway, which is why the song works for me). I sense the silence of the situation, of a couple not sure they are yet calling themselves a couple. And so with the silence comes the heightened sensation of the world around, and it's almost as if the singer is looking for the answer in the hubbub around him, but in the end has "no idea at all." And the "let's call it swimming" line calls to mind the line from "The Graduate" where someone asks Hoffman what he's going to do next, meaning in his life, and Hoffman answers he's going upstairs (and then ends up in the pool).
    rmjank1157on August 25, 2017   Link

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