Swing Time

sleepless nights
sad patience waiting
folded hands in still laps
caring too much
loving, hating
circle smoke ring hazy
after one
scene is getting duller
after two
blank stares
after three
a wash in muted colors
but after all
who cares?

what I mean is
can’t be sure if I’m
tossing and turning
in swing time

where can he be
does it matter?
did it ever really?
he’ll only lie
he’ll only flatter
she’s hot-breathed
soft words crazy
after five
morning light is blinding
after six
you shake your weary head
and after seven
awake as your heaven
rains down around your bed

what I mean is
can’t be sure if I’m
tossing and turning
in swing time

I can see you slip away
to face the day in silence
dreams of peace and dreams of comfort
fade to dreams of violence

tell us that we're right
for the right reasons
show us that we've come so very far                     (bridge only on second version)
help us see beyond
the passing of the seasons
let us know exactly who we are

what I mean is, can’t be sure if I’m
tossing and turning in swing time

© Lyrics: Jessie Jacobson (1985+1988)
Melody: Jessie Jacobson-David Miller (1988)
Music: Jessie Jacobson-David Miller-Jarrett Lesko-Brian Bielski (1985+1988)

Version One
Jessie Jacobson: Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars
Jarrett Lesko: Bass, Backing Vocal
Brian Bielski: Drums, Backing Vocal

Produced by Jessie Jacobson and Jarrett Lesko on AKAI analog 12-track 1988.

Version Two
Brian Bielski: Drums & Percussion
Katriina Huotari: Keyboards
Jessie Jacobson: Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars
Jarrett Lesko: Bass
-with-
Toni Zeto: Ethereal Vocals
Michael James: additional Rhythm Guitar

Produced by Jessie Jacobson and Ken Jordan, February 1992.