Marathon Swimming song

IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
edited May 2013 in General Discussion
I listen to an internet radio station (103.1 in LA) at night, and last night I heard this song, and thought perhaps this is the perfect song, or at least perfect lyrics, for marathon swimmers.

Granted, I'm not the sharpest tool in the chest, so I'm probably missing some deeper meaning, but jeez...

Group is Frightened Rabbit and the song is Swim Until You Can't See Land. Here are the lyrics:
We salute at the threshold of the North Sea
in my mind
And a nod to the boredom that drove me here
to face the tide and swim
(Whoaaaa) I swim (Whoaaa) oh swim (Whoaaa)

Dip the toe in the ocean. Oh how it hardens and it numbs.
And the rest of me is a version of man
built to collapse into crumbs
And if I hadn’t come down
To the coast to disappear
I may have died in a land-slide
Of the rocks, the hopes and fears.

So swim until you can’t see land.
Swim until you can’t see land.
Swim until you can’t see land
Are you a man or are you a bag of sand?
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Are you a man or are you a bag of sand?

Up to my knees now, do I wait? Do I dive?
The sea has seen my like before though it’s my first
And perhaps last time.
Let’s call me a baptist, call this the drowning of the past
She’s there on the shoreline
Throwing stones at my back

So swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Are you a man or are you a bag of sand?
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Are you a man or are you a bag of sand?

Now the water’s taller than me
And the land is a marker line
All I am is a body adrift in water, salt and sky

So swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Are you a man or are you a bag of sand?
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Swim until you can’t see land
Are you a man or are you a bag of sand?

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  • jcmalickjcmalick Charter Member
    OK so on the topic and way before my time, here are a few sweet videos...growing up I watched syndicated versions of Gilligan's Island so the second one with clips of that show brought back some memories...great song and I would pay to see anyone from the forum do this in a club in Miami, Los Angeles, NYC, or anywhere else! :o)

    C'mon and Swim by Bobby Freeman

    C'mon everybody come on it!
    Bobby's gonna show you how to do the swim

    [Short Instrumental]

    Kinda like the monkey
    Kinda like the twist
    Pretend you're in the water
    And you go like this...
    Now baby swim!
    Baby do the swim!

    Just like the dog but not so low
    Like the hully gully but not so slow
    Now baby swim!
    Baby do the swim!

    Do what you wanna
    Do like you wish
    C'mon baby now and swim like a fish
    Now baby swim!
    Baby c'mon in!

    Shake it up baby twist and shout
    A do the swim baby now work it on out
    Now baby swim!
    Baby do the swim!
    Do what ya wanna a-it's alright
    Cause Bobby's gonna teach ya how to swim tonight
    Now baby swim!

    [Short Instrumental]

    Come on bab-ay!
    I want ya to swim
    Whoa-yeah I want ya to do the dog paddle baby
    Now do the backstroke!

    Whoa-yeah kinda like the monkey
    Kinda like the twist
    Pretent ya in the water and you go like this..
    Now baby swim!
    Baby do the swim!

    Just like the dog but not so low
    Like the hully gully but not so slow
    Now baby swim!
    Baby do the swim!

    Do what cha' wanna
    A do like ya wish
    C'mon baby now and swim like a fish
    Now baby swim!
    Baby come on in!

    Shake it up baby twist and shout!
    A do the swim baby
    Now work it on out
    Now baby swim!
    Baby do the swim! ah

    Do what ya wanna a-it's alright
    Cause Bobby's gonna do the swim
    For you tonight
    Now baby swim!

    C'mon bab-ay
    Whoa-yeah we gonna swim tonight-a
    I want ya ta do the dog paddle
    I want ya to bend your arms way out now
    Now baby do the backstroke! whoa-yeah
    Whoa-yeah c'mon baby now

  • jcmalickjcmalick Charter Member
  • NiekNiek Member
    "C'mon and Swim" the tempo is more for a land workout. :)
    http://openwaterswimming.eu - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!
  • SharkoSharko Sonoma County, CAMember
    Artist: Tyler Ramsey lyrics
    Title: A Long Dream

    Lyrics to A Long Dream :
    i had a long...
    i had a long...
    i had a long dream
    i had a long dream about swimming--
    across the sea

    where were you swimming to?
    it was to the other shore
    what were you swimming away from?
    i can't stay with you no more.

    i had a long...
    i had a long...
    i had a long dream
    i had a long dream about swimming--
    across the sea
    "I never met a shark I didn't like"
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