You gotta swim Swim for your life Swim for the music That saves you When you're not so sure you'll survive You gotta swim Swim when it hurts The whole world is watching You haven't come this far To fall off the earth
The currents will pull you Away from your love Just keep your head above
I found a tidal wave Begging to tear down the door Memories like bullets They fired at me from a gun Cracking me open now I swim to brighter days Despite the absence of sun Choking on salt water I'm not giving in You gotta swim
You gotta swim For nights that won't end Swim for your family Your lovers your sisters Your brothers your friends You gotta swim For wars without cause Swim for these lost politicians Who don't see their greed is a flaw
The currents will pull us Away from our love Just keep your head above
I found a tidal wave Begging to tear down the door Memories like bullets They fired at me from a gun Cracking me open now I swim to brighter days In spite of the absence of sun Choking on salt water I'm not giving in I'm not giving in Swim
You gotta swim Swim in the dark There's an ocean to drift in Feel the tide shifting away from this war Yeah you gotta swim Don't let yourself sink Just follow the horizon I promise you it's not as far as you think
Currents will drag us away from our love Just keep your head above Just keep your head above Swim Just keep your head above Swim Just keep your head above Swim
Writer/s: ANDREW ROSS MCMAHON
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
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Jim from Ocean Grove, NjAndrew McMahon WAS Jack's Mannequin. He played keyboards and wrote all their songs. In 2005, Andrew was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and he received stem cell transplant from his sister Katie. This album was dedicated to her. These guys were from Southern California, so the SWIM metaphor came naturally. He is saying that it would be easy to give up and drown/die. But, what keeps him fighting to live is all the things (music) and people (lovers, family, friends) he loves. Sometimes it might seem like you are getting nowhere and the waves/problems are overwhelming, but just keep your head above and swim.
Allison from Albany, Nyi love this song. it helps me when i don't have any hope left.