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Swing Life Away by Rise Against

Album: Siren Song Of The CountercultureReleased: 2004
  • This song is about what it's like to live on minimum wage or not get paid at all. It is one of Rise Against's acoustic Punk ballads where the singer explains that a dedicated, passionate relationship is far more important than money. (thanks, luke - chucktown, SC)
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Comments: 16

This is just my interpretation. An older man is remembering his lifelong relationship with his wife, starting with when they were children and best friends, to when they grew up and throughout their troubles. I have a bunch of examples of what I mean.
"Am I loud and clear or am I breaking up?" Them as children playing a game (airplanes?)
"I'll show you mine if you show me yours first." Discovering puberty.
"Been here so long think that it's time we move. The winter's too cold, summer's over too soon." Talking about the troubles of their new house and young newlyweds, as the second verse hints that time has passed.
"So let's pack our bags and settle down where palm trees go; I got some friends some that I hardly know, but we've had some times I wouldn't trade for the world!" Talking together about how much better it'll be after they overcome money troubles, their dreams and hopes together.
"We chase these days off with talks of places that we will go." Once they do it, run away and never have to worry about the hardness of the world. Chasing these dark, difficult says away by dreaming of what lies in our future.

Pretty much I think of it as, the elderly couple looking back on their adventures over the years as they sit on their front porch.
Lindsay - Brampton, On
Love this song!!! It totally relates to the relationship that I'm in...word for word.
One of my favorite acoustic punk songs...it can be simple or complex, depending on how a person looks at it.
Sc - Anchorage, Ak
I fell in love with this song when a friend of mine first played it to me on the guitar. He's an amaizing musician and sings it almost as good as rise against. wow...Marianne - Kimberley,
Its about how hard life is and cutting yourselfKadabee - Golds, Nl
This song reminds me basically what it says is life, you get sh** make lemons... lol. i love acoustic punk songs. We work hard and strive to live but in the end your still alive. Wether you poor rich skinny fat ugly beautiful...LIVE.Rachel - Cincinnati, Oh
ughhh ahaha. the day my ex boyfriend and i started dating, this song was playing and we went into this huge conversation about our exs and it went with the whole song part "lets compare scars, i'll tell you whose worse" ughh it was irratating though because of corny he made it ahaha.
good song though.
Lolo Brown - Gertrude, Bahamas
love the whole acousticness of it. the punk goes acoustic version is my favourite so far.Marina - Winnipeg, Canada
i think this song is just about life. its about loving, memories, and living life to the fullest, and being happy with what you've got. i think about summer when i listen to this song... sitting around a fire or on a porch with a bunch of friends, having a few beers, passing around a guitar and just loving life for that moment. not thinking about anything else but that moment.Trisha - Toronto, On
christian I know everyone has their own opinion but its about a guy who loves his girlfriend with all his heart and is willing to work at his job on minimum wage forever so they can be together also when the singer says they wont cross this street until the other person holds their hand that means that he dosent want to go on unless she is with himKory - El Paso, Tx
my big brother beau sang this at his wedding to his wife joann and in the middle she sang with the hiw I love this songKory - El Paso, Tx
This song is about communism. Through revolution(rising against) the band sings of a socialistic society. Like any revolution, the current government must be overthrown.(lets unwrite these pages, and replace them with our own words.) Socialism creates low and equal wages for all working class. (get by just fine here on minimum wage). Like a good comrade, the singer loves to slave life away. He refuses to cross any street unless the government holds his hand.Christian - Boerne, Tx
Hi LIsa C U RUle !!!!Lisa - Australia
AWW 2 cute! LUv Dis sOnG!!! Hi 2 KATE luv ya!!!Lisa - Australia
This is my favort song of all time because tells a story about people who dont make a lot of money but still fall in love and would do anything to make that person to love them.Hayden - Werribee, Australia
the singer explains that a dedicated, passionate relationship is far more important than money. This song is about what it's like to live on minimum wage.
?If love is a labour, I'll slave 'til the end.
I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand.?
This shows he is willing to do anything and work hard at the relationship he has, he will not give up or move on until he succeeds in love.
?I've got some friends, some that I hardly know.
But we've had some times I wouldn't trade for the world.?
This song is also about the great times in life, and how little things can make a huge impact on someone?s life, unforgettable memories that would be treasured forever.

This song basically illustrates that life is not about money. It is about getting by living happily with ones self. It shows there is much more to life than material items and money that love, happiness and the times spent that made us happy and with those we care about and love are what matter most.
Emma - Wesford, Ireland
This is an Amazing song. It tells the life of how making minumim wage is or not any money coming in is like, but money isnt everything. It describes a good relationship and how it means everything(even more than money).Gray - Aurora , Co