After Awhile
Patrick Sweany Lyrics


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Worry, worry all day long (hear me, hear me)
I sit back and get to sing the worried song (hear me, hear me)
Smells like whisky and day old beer (hear me, hear me)
Back again this time it's clear (hear me, hear me)

After awhile you gonna see what it means to me
After awhile you gonna know
I know the road gonna be slow gonna be rough and rocky
After awhile you gonna know

Distance distance over time (hear me, hear me)
Watching dollars turns to dimes (hear me, hear me)
Ain't no business like a show (hear me, hear me)
Here i am and there you go (hear me, hear me)

After awhile you gonna see what it means to me
After awhile you gonna know
I know the road gonna be slow gonna be rough and rocky
After awhile you gonna know

Time will help you not to cry (hear me, hear me)
Make my bed and in there i lie (hear me, hear me)
I'm not that man runnin' like a kid (hear me, hear me)
Can't be the man, who says i wish i did (hear me, hear me)

After awhile you gonna see what it means to me
After awhile you gonna know




I know the road gonna be slow gonna be rough and rocky
After a aewhile you gonna know

Overall Meaning

The song "After A While" by Patrick Sweany is a contemplative and introspective piece that conveys the idea of worrying and waiting for the future to unfold. The opening lines allude to the singer's preoccupation with worry, but the second line suggests that he has an outlet to express his concerns, which is through singing. The smell of whiskey and beer hints at the singer's state of mind and the rough road that he has traveled. The phrase "back again" suggests that he has been in this place before, perhaps through a cycle of worry and uncertainty.


The repetition of the chorus, "After awhile you gonna see what it means to me, After awhile you gonna know", is a message to the audience that the singer is confident that his journey will have a positive outcome. He acknowledges that the road may be slow, rough, and rocky, suggesting that he is realistic about the challenges ahead. The intervening verses provide further insight into the singer's state of mind, highlighting his awareness that time and distance play a role in his journey. The lines "Watching dollars turn to dimes" suggests he has struggled to make ends meet, and "Ain't no business like a show, here I am and there you go" implies he has a sense of detachment from others.


The final verse is particularly significant, as it suggests that the singer has come to terms with his past and is ready to move on. "Time will help you not to cry" suggests that he has learned from his previous mistakes, and "I'm not that man runnin' like a kid, Can't be the man, who says I wish I did" suggests he is not willing to let fear and doubt hold him back.


Line by Line Meaning

Worry, worry all day long (hear me, hear me)
I spend all day worrying and stressing about my problems.


I sit back and get to sing the worried song (hear me, hear me)
Despite my worries, I find comfort in expressing them through music.


Smells like whisky and day old beer (hear me, hear me)
The atmosphere is filled with the scent of alcohol and a sense of despair.


Back again this time it's clear (hear me, hear me)
I've returned to this situation once again, and it's painfully clear that nothing has changed.


After awhile you gonna see what it means to me
As time passes, you'll come to understand what this situation truly means to me.


After awhile you gonna know
Eventually, you will have a full understanding of the gravity of this situation.


I know the road gonna be slow gonna be rough and rocky
The journey ahead will be difficult and challenging.


Distance distance over time (hear me, hear me)
Distance between people and time passing can make things more difficult.


Watching dollars turns to dimes (hear me, hear me)
I'm struggling financially and the situation only seems to be worsening.


Ain't no business like a show (hear me, hear me)
This situation is full of drama and chaos, akin to a theatrical production.


Here i am and there you go (hear me, hear me)
I am left alone as others come and go, leaving me to deal with my problems once again.


Time will help you not to cry (hear me, hear me)
As time passes, the pain and sadness may lessen and it may become easier to cope.


Make my bed and in there i lie (hear me, hear me)
I have to deal with the consequences of my actions and lay in the bed I've made.


I'm not that man runnin' like a kid (hear me, hear me)
I won't run away from my problems like a child, I will face them head on.


Can't be the man, who says i wish i did (hear me, hear me)
I can't be the person who looks back with regret and wishes they had done things differently.




Writer(s): Patrick Sweany

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