The Ability To Swing
Thomas Dolby Lyrics


Everybody talking
Talking pretty hard
Everybody talking
'Bout singing from the heart
If you want my opinion
It doesn't mean a thing
If you haven't got that
Ability to swing
Yeah, the ability to swing
Everybody thinking
Thinking pretty hard
Everybody thinking
'Bout singin' from the heart
So listen up already
I'm sayin' it again
If you haven't got that
Ability to swing
Ah, the ability to swing
Dreams, take 'em away
Go it alone, honey Rome wasn't built in a day
But now it's a ruin, the joke has worn thin
And it isn't cool to abuse the ability to swing
Everybody working
Working pretty hard
Everybody working
At singing from the heart
If you want my opinion
It isn't worth a bean
If you you ain't in possession
Of the ability to swing
Friends, send them away
Go it alone, honey Rome wasn't built in a day
Now it's a ruin, the joke has worn thin
And it isn't cool to abuse the ability to swing
But each beat send me deeper under
Each beat send me more to sleep
Heart melts ice and heart spells danger
Don't hold your breath boy
'Cause it don't come cheap
Everybody looking
Looking pretty hard
Everybody searching
For a meaning in my art
I'll level with you bucko
It isn't worth a bean
If you ain't in possession
Of the ability to swing
The ability to swing
Mmm, the ability to swing

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Mark Jones

I've always loved songs with almost random, improvised sound textures and atmospheres. Thomas Dolby, a master of this technique, proves his genius at it on this track (and on the whole album).

Adam Meredith

Dear Mark, improvised and almost random - I can assure you he is a planer! I saw him as part of a docu - and he is a planer.

Cockney Red

+Mark Jones at the time he said he was listening a lot to african drum rhythms and jazz.a great album and the airhead track stands up to todays airheads.love this bloke.

Soulwagon

Had this on cassette. The player in car decided to eat it on a hot summer night.
I mourned the loss of that tape. I eventually found it on cd. I don't have to tell you how amazing he is. If you're here then you already know.

Adam Selene

I had this on cassette too; wore it right out. :)

LarryB

right on!!!!!!!!!!

Jonathan Hill

Another great example of a track that gets underappreciated by the (m)asses...I, too had this on cassette(s)...nice!

Knowltey

Please tell me it was a Buick lol

The IceBolt

Aliens ate his buick, . .Green Princess (van den Pla )* ate my music !

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Daniel Davies

Everything about this album is pure genius. The driest, tightest mixes to ever come out of this era.

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