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Swerve City
Deftones Lyrics


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She breaks her horses
With strange distant voices
That travel through the air, oh
They travel through the air, oh

She tames with her voices
As she plays around with the forces
That travel through the air, oh
They travel through the air, oh

Distant howling out
It keeps you floating around
Oh, distant howling out
Forces floating around

She breaks her horses
With strange distant voices
That travel through the air, oh
They travel through the air, oh

Oh, oh

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in Deftones’s song Swerve City are haunting and surreal, describing a woman who has the power to break horses with her voice. The horses are tamed and calmed by her “strange distant voices” that travel through the air. As she plays with these forces, the music takes on an eerie quality, hinting at the magic and mysticism that is at work.


The repetition of the line “They travel through the air” emphasizes the ethereal nature of this power, as if the words themselves are suspended in the atmosphere. The chorus describes the sensation of floating through these strange and distant sounds, as if they’re carrying the listener through some otherworldly realm. The distant howling that’s mentioned throughout the song adds to this atmosphere of the unknown.


Overall, the lyrics of Swerve City are enigmatic and evocative. From the opening line, the listener is drawn into a world that’s both mystical and unsettling. The power of the woman’s voice seems almost supernatural, and the music that accompanies the lyrics reinforces this feeling.


Line by Line Meaning

She breaks her horses
She controls and trains her horses


With strange distant voices
Using her mysterious and far-reaching vocals


That travel through the air
That can be heard from a distance


They travel through the air
Her voices are carried through the atmosphere


She tames with her voices
She domesticates animals using her singing


As she plays around with the forces
As she manipulates the powers of nature


That travel through the air
That can be felt and experienced all around


They travel through the air
Those energies and forces are omnipresent


Ooh the distant howling out
Listen to the faint echoes in the distance


Keeps you floating around
It elevates your spirit and inspires your imagination to soar


Oh distant howling out
Oh, the distant sounds that echo through the vastness


Forces floating around
The invisible energies that swirl and circulate all around us


She breaks her horses
She exercises control and mastery over her horses


With strange distant voices
By using enigmatic and elusive sounds


That travel through the air
Which reverberate and resonate all around


They travel through the air
Her vocals spread and diffuse throughout the atmosphere




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Abe Cunningham, Chino Camilo Moreno, Frank Mirelez Delgado, Sergio Vega, Stephen Carpenter

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@diegocaetano2710

[“Swerve City” Lyrics by Deftones]

[Verse 1]
She breaks her horses
With strange distant voices

[Chorus]
That travel through the air, oh
They travel through the air, oh

[Verse 2]
She tames me with her voices
As she plays around with the forces

[Chorus]
That travel through the air, oh
They travel through the air, oh

[Bridge]
Distant howling out
It keeps you floating around
Distant howling out
Forces floating around

[Verse 3]
She breaks her horses
With strange distant voices

[Chorus]
That travel through the air, oh
They travel through the air, oh
Oh, oh



@rexroy8930

She breaks her horses
With strange distant voices
That travel through the air
They travel through the air

She tames with her voices
As she plays around with the forces
That travel through the air
They travel through the air

Ooh the distant howling out
Keeps you floating around
Oh distant howling out
Forces floating around

She breaks her horses
With strange distant voices
That travel through the air
They travel through the air



All comments from YouTube:

@zobopup

In 2015, Tamara Feldman (girl in the video) was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She decided to ride a horse across the United States in aid of the charity Race to Erase MS, which she documented on her website "And So I Ride".

@markgrant5396

Thank you

@ilianaxavier1587

listening to deftones always gives me a certain feeling. i have no idea what the feeling is, but i love it

@mak3397

The melody is so surreal and hypnotizing

@wishes_._

Its called divine intervention or body and mind ascension

@macabre2899

@@wishes_._ Ahhhh that works great for me. I'll have to remember that when trying to describe it to Non Deftoners in the future 👍

@boykidmanboykidman5420

Its the feeling of pleasure i think :)

@Uncle0456

It's the release of Dopamine in your brain you are feeling. Feels soooo goood

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@whalewaffle2771

I remember the first time I listened this song, riff hooked me up instantly.
Koi No Yokan its one of their FINEST works IMO.

@davidmacleod247

Yes, definitely their best albums

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