Up and Down
Patrick Sweany Lyrics


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Have a shame to my life cause my Wife′s gotta keep thier job
I should be in an office hatin' life
And drinking coffee
Instead I′m staring out at my yard
The world ain't made by a man and a Van
Scraping along like I do
Lord I feel a higher power lord pushing Every hour
Baby, is that working for you?

Whooo ooh ooh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh ooh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh

Any chance to get ahead, lord is quickly Put to bed
Wouldn't let us out of the rain
Wanna cancel out what is this all about?
Whether I′m running miles away
Try my patience lord get funny with my Money
Workin′ me out like a fool
'Ain′t ever coming back cause of Courtesy you lack
Baby, how's that working for you?

Whooo ooh ooh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh ooh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh

And I′m on my way to Georgia
On my way to Texas too
I'm on my way to New York City alone
I′m tryna
Tryna get a message to you:
Well I need a working for me
Instead of working 'gainst me
Wearin' me out like a tool
Miles to drive lord before I sleep
Three people in a room for two
Short on cash close to the floor
Livin′ with my clothes and shoes
Operator system lord system of survival
Baby, is that working for you?

Whooo ooh ooh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh ooh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh

Whooo ooh ooh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh ooh




Whooo ooh oohh
Whooo ooh oohh

Overall Meaning

In Patrick Sweany's song Up and Down, the singer expresses his frustration with his current situation in life. He feels like a failure because he hasn't achieved the success that society expects from him. He believes that he should be working in an office, hating his life and drinking coffee, but instead, he's staring at his yard. The singer feels like the world is not designed for someone like him, who only has a van and is scraping by. He believes that there's a higher power pushing him every hour, but he questions whether this is actually working for him.


The singer is desperate to get ahead in life, but every chance he gets is quickly put to bed. He feels like the world is against him, and he's stuck in a situation that he doesn't understand. He's running miles away from his problems, but they keep following him. The singer is tired of being worked like a fool and being taken advantage of. He feels like he's never going to go back to his old life because of the lack of courtesy he experiences from others.


The singer ends the song by saying that he's on his way to Georgia, Texas, and New York City, trying to get a message across. He needs someone to work for him instead of against him, and he's tired of being worn out like a tool. He needs to survive, but the system is not working for him. The song is about an average person who feels like they're stuck in a situation that they can't control, and they're desperate for a way out.


Line by Line Meaning

Have a shame to my life cause my Wife's gotta keep thier job
I feel ashamed because my wife is the one who has to support us financially.


I should be in an office hatin' life And drinking coffee
I should be doing a mundane office job instead of struggling to make ends meet.


Instead I'm staring out at my yard The world ain't made by a man and a Van Scraping along like I do
I'm stuck doing manual labor, barely scraping by, while others seem to have it easier.


Lord I feel a higher power lord pushing Every hour Baby, is that working for you?
I feel like there is some greater power pushing me to keep going, but I'm not sure if it's really worth it.


Any chance to get ahead, lord is quickly Put to bed Wouldn't let us out of the rain Wanna cancel out what is this all about?
Every time I try to get ahead, something always pulls me back down. I feel like giving up and questioning the meaning of it all.


Whether I'm running miles away Try my patience lord get funny with my Money Workin' me out like a fool
I'm constantly struggling to stay afloat, while also feeling like I'm being mocked for it.


Ain't ever coming back cause of Courtesy you lack Baby, how's that working for you?
I'm done with this situation because of the lack of respect and kindness that I receive. Is it really worth it for you to treat me this way?


And I'm on my way to Georgia On my way to Texas too I'm on my way to New York City alone
I'm leaving to go on a journey, seeking something new and hoping to find a better life.


I'm tryna Tryna get a message to you: Well I need a working for me Instead of working 'gainst me
I'm trying to tell you that I need something that helps me, instead of constantly working against me.


Wearin' me out like a tool Miles to drive lord before I sleep Three people in a room for two Short on cash close to the floor Livin' with my clothes and shoes Operator system lord system of survival
I'm worn out from working so hard, but I still have a long way to go. I'm struggling to make ends meet and constantly living in survival mode.


Baby, is that working for you?
I'm questioning whether this life is really worth it for me or anyone else involved.




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Comments from YouTube:

@juliaebek3579

THIS IS SO UNDERRATED I’m in love with this song for years now why it has so little views I don’t understand

@PeterCieply

Great song 👍

@hunterwest54

Fucking badass! So underrated

@timarnold1024

Came across Patrick on Spotify. Glad I did, this is a great song!

@SlooFoot

Saw him in Memphis, he opened for the greyhounds. I drove 6 hours for the show and talked to him at the bar, he asked if I was there to see the greyhounds and I was like “no man, I’m here to see you” I don’t think he believed me lol. Dudes super humble. And puts in hell of a show!

@pamelasago9628

Love it, love it, love it!! Not a groove to sit quietly to.

@lazkech2582

Entered my all time top5 list with songs I listen in underwear plus socks preparing suitcase for vacations, while 1st minute of 1st hearing

@yesfan157

The man!

@christydenney4507

I just saw him last week and was blown away! I told him after the show fan for life!! My drummer turned him on to me Thanks Pang!!

@mothaphukkas

Man i dig this. Keep em coming Patrick.

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