Andrew McMahon from Jack's Mannequin is a lyrical god. His inspiring songs and uplifting words is all it takes for me to go from a bad day to knowing it will all be better... I automatically became hooked on Jack's after his first release of Everything in Transit but it was his second album, The Glass Passenger, that features the song "Swim" that made this the strongest love of all.
Andrew writes his songs as a therapeutic release of his worries, conquests, and energy. The song "Swim" was written about his battle with Leukemia and through the song pulls from his experience. Never once did Andrew blame anyone for his disease he just knew that he was going to beat it, and he did. What amazes me is his extremely positive outlook on life even while being ill. The lyrics such as, "you got to swim for for the music that saves you, when you're not so sure you'll survive," or the chorus "I found a tidal wave begging to tear down the door, memories like bullets they fired at me from a gun, cracking me open...I swim for brighter days despite the absence of sun, I'm choking on salt water I'm not giving in..." all show the positive attitude Andrew posses. This song along with the entire record really allows me to think about my life. I haven't encountered anything half as hard as battling an illness and yet I sometimes just want to give up. But every time "Swim" comes on to my iPod I have to listen, to me, it's just that inspiring song that makes me feel better. Life's hard but it's people like Andrew who write songs like "Swim" that help people make it through. It's really hard to pick a song that changed my life but I know "Swim" is it. The message it gives is to keep going even when life feels like it's too much. To find a song that communicates that entire point, now that's a life changing song.
peace love and check this out...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tnxl7b0t6o and this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPVW5hvH0o