Swept Away
Phish Lyrics

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Much ado is all I see
And feel like it's surrounding me
The crowd intrudes all day
'Til I'm finally swept away

I'm finally swept away
I'm finally swept away
I'm finally swept away
I'm finally swept away

I'm finally swept away
I'm finally swept away

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Phish’s “Swept Away” are open to interpretation, but the overall theme of the song seems to revolve around feeling overwhelmed by the busyness and constant demands of modern life. The singer notes that “much ado is all I see,” implying that even though everything may seem important or urgent, it’s hard to discern what truly matters. Despite feeling surrounded and interrupted by the “crowd” all day, the singer ultimately gives in and is “swept away” by their surroundings. The repetition of that line in the chorus seems to emphasize a sense of surrender or resignation to the chaos and noise of life.

One way to read this song is as a commentary on the hectic pace and constant stimulation of the modern world, where we’re bombarded by information, social media, and competing demands for our time and attention. The song seems to suggest that it’s hard to maintain a sense of perspective or focus when everything feels equally pressing and urgent. The singer’s surrender at the end of the song could be seen as a negative thing, a sign of being overwhelmed and defeated, or it could be interpreted as a kind of acceptance or letting go, a willingness to go with the flow and allow the chaos to take us where it will.

Overall, “Swept Away” is a haunting and introspective song that invites the listener to reflect on their own relationship with the world around them. Its spare instrumentation and hypnotic melody create a sense of trance-like introspection, which is perfectly suited to the song’s themes of being swept away by forces beyond our control.

Line by Line Meaning

Much ado is all I see
All I perceive around me is fuss and noise

And feel like it's surrounding me
It seems like it engulfs me from all sides

The crowd intrudes all day
I can't escape the constant presence of other people

'Til I'm finally swept away
Until I am consumed by the chaos and commotion of the surroundings

I'm finally swept away
I am overcome and powerless to the overwhelming force of my surroundings

I'm finally swept away
I am unable to resist the all-encompassing influence of the situation

I'm finally swept away
I am completely taken over and lost in the situation

I'm finally swept away
I am left with no choice but to be carried along by the uncontrollable events

I'm finally swept away
I am powerless to change the course of events and just have to let go

I'm finally swept away
I am at the mercy of the wave of events and am swept away by it

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Much ado is all I see
(Although my roots were deep)
In fact it is surrounding me
The seething crowd intrudes all day
(I sank in hillsides deep)
Until I'm finally swept away
Although I thought my roots were deep
(The rivers that erode)
I sank them into hillsides steep And riverbanks that soon erode (And canyons overflow)
And canyons that have overflowed


Много шума - это все, что я вижу (Хотя мои корни были глубоки)
На самом деле это окружает меня
Бурлящая толпа вторгается весь день
(Я погрузился глубоко в склоны
Пока меня наконец не сметут
Хотя я думал, что мои корни глубоки
(Реки, которые разрушаются)
Я погрузил их на крутые склоны
И берега рек, которые скоро разрушатся
(И каньоны переполняются)
И каньоны, которые переполнились❤😊❤🟥❤😀

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This is one of the jams I keep coming back to. Dark, mysterious, interesting, intimate, fucking intense and a total vibe. the type of jam that silences chompers. Phish man.


The last 6 minutes of this is one of the greatest things I've ever heard


Trey's solo (2:54) starts off so heartbreakingly beautiful. Then they take it to space and funk the hell out of it? This is why we Phish, people.






Sounds like a Waste solo


amarguitar yep


Great and yes this why...

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this is insanity - god - so good.


I attended this show. This jam was both unexpected and transformative. 26 years in, and I still constantly blown away. How many times can one person have their face melted?

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