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 Lyrics as written by James Glennie David John Baynton-power

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    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 CommentPerhaps it's about alcoholism? Or about the craziness called "life"?
    Idion November 02, 2004   Link
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    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
  • +1
    My InterpretationSurprisingly I'm getting a very different interpretation from this song. The general theme, to me, is "we need to appreciate life more." Ever hear the adages "Life is wasted on the living" and "you never know what you have until you lose it"? These two statements encompass the spirit of this song, IMHO.

    The lyrics make this clear by opening up through flippant disdain towards the concept of suicide. You want to end your life? Go ahead. We're insured. You wish you were dead? That's ok.

    The chorus then gets to the heart of the matter: that life is not appreciated by the living, that we're getting away with the very concept of being alive, and that it's messed up because we don't deserve it.

    To exemplify this, the lyrics then go on to tell a story about Daniel and Grace, the first willing to sacrifice his life for the second, who is in danger of drowning. Daniel is confident (deep inside his temple, he knows how to surf her), but doesn't make it.

    Drinking like Richard Burton and dancing like John Travolta are metaphors for the act of drowning: the water going into the lungs, the movements of the body as it goes into desperate automated spasms of survival. Both Daniel and Grace die, and in a final recognition of the nobility of sacrifice and the unfairness of accidental death, the lyrics grant the subjects a happy ending: now they live like dolphins.

    This story provides the contrast that matters. How can there be people who don't appreciate life and contemplate suicide? How can people worthy of life end up unwillingly leaving it? The living are getting away with living, and it's messed up that we have no appreciation for it.
    giraldoon July 16, 2019   Link
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    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 CommentDaniel drinks hos weight
    Drinks like Spiderbio....
    I've consumed tons of beer by that song...
    Spiderbioon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLiving for today?
    hihoricherinoon October 20, 2004   Link

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