Swimming Song

Lyrics: Loudon Wainright III
Music: Loudon Wainright III

Played by the New Riders of the Purple Sage in the 1970s, and by Alex Koford with Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band in August 2014.

This summer I went swimming
This summer I might have drowned
But I held my breath, I kicked my feet
Moved my arms around
I moved my arms around

This summer I swam in the ocean
And I swam in a swimming pool
Salt my wounds, chlorined my eyes
I'm a self-destructive fool
Self-destructive fool

This summer I did the back stroke
And you know that that's not all
I did the breast stroke, 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

Oh, this summer I did swan dives
And jack-knives for you all
And once when you weren't looking
I did a cannon-ball
I did a cannon-ball

This summer I went swimming
This summer I might have drowned
But I held my breath, I kicked my feet
And moved my arms around
I moved my arms around
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album Recorded by
     1976 New Riders New Riders of the Purple Sage
Other Recordings
     1973 Attempted Mustache Loudon Wainwright III

Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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