Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Swimming Song

By Loudon Wainwright the third
Rise Up Singing chapter: Outdoors, p.156
C - / G Am / - F / G Am / G C

This summer I went swimming
This summer I might have drowned
But I held my breath and I kicked my feet
And I moved my arms around / I moved my arms around

This summer I swam in the ocean
And in a swimming pool
I got salt in my wound, cleaned my eyes
(Alt: I got salt in my wounds, chlorine in my eyes)
I'm a self-destructive fool / A self-destructive fool

This summer I did the backstroke
And you know that that's not all
I did the breaststroke and the butterfly
And the old Australian crawl / The old Australian crawl

This summer I swam in a public place
And a reservoir to boot
At the latter I was informal
At the former I wore my suit / I wore my swimming suit

This summer I did swan dives
And jackknives for you all
And once when you weren't looking
I did a cannonball / I did a cannonball


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