Swingin' Down the Lane
Rose Murphy Lyrics


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Everybody hand-in-hand, swingin' down the lane,
Everybody feelin' grand, swingin' down the lane,
That's the time I miss the bliss, that we might have known,
Nights like this, when I'm all alone!

When the moon is on the rise, 'Honey' I'm so blue,
Watchin' lovers making eyes, like we used to do,
When the moon is on the wane, still I'm waitin' all in vain,
Should be swingin' down the lane with you!

When the moon is on the rise, 'Honey' I'm so blue,
Watchin' lovers making eyes, like we used to do,




When the moon is on the wane, still I'm waitin' all in vain,
Should be swingin' down the lane with you!

Overall Meaning

The song "Swingin' Down the Lane" by Rose Murphy is an upbeat and nostalgic tune about missing the joy of swinging down the lane with a loved one. The lyrics paint a picture of a joyful time where everyone is hand-in-hand and feeling grand, but for the singer, it only serves as a reminder of what could have been. As she notes, she misses the bliss that they might have known during nights like this when she's left all alone.


The second verse continues with the same melancholic tone as the first, but with a specific focus on the moon rising and setting. The singer watches lovers making eyes and remembers doing the same thing with her loved one. However, instead of being able to swing down the lane with him, she's still waiting in vain. The song is a touching reminder of the power of nostalgia and how it can leave one longing for the past.


Overall, "Swingin' Down the Lane" is a beautiful song that highlights the singer's desire to relive a love that is no longer present. Through her clever use of imagery such as the moon rising and setting, the singer creates a sense of longing and sadness that is relatable to many. It's a timeless piece of music that remains as fresh and relevant today as it did when it was first written in the 1920s.


Line by Line Meaning

Everybody hand-in-hand, swingin' down the lane,
Everyone is walking together holding hands and swinging down the lane.


Everybody feelin' grand, swingin' down the lane,
Everyone is feeling happy and great while swinging down the lane.


That's the time I miss the bliss, that we might have known,
It is during moments like these that I miss the happiness we could have had together.


Nights like this, when I'm all alone!
I feel lonely on nights like these when I am by myself.


When the moon is on the rise, 'Honey' I'm so blue,
When the moon is rising, I feel sad and lonely, 'Honey'.


Watchin' lovers making eyes, like we used to do,
I see couples looking lovingly at each other, just like we used to do.


When the moon is on the wane, still I'm waitin' all in vain,
Even though the moon is setting and my hope is fading, I am still waiting for you in vain.


Should be swingin' down the lane with you!
I wish I could be swinging down the lane with you instead of feeling sad and alone.




Writer(s): Gus Kahn, Isham Jones

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