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The Ability to Swing

This song is by Thomas Dolby and appears on the album Aliens Ate My Buick (1988).

This song has been covered by Wave Mechanics Union under the title "The Ability to Swing".
Everybody thinking
Thinking pretty hard
Everybody thinking
'Bout singing from the heart
If you want my opinion
It doesn't mean a thing
If you havn't got that
Ability to swing
Yeah, the ability to swing

Everybody working
Working pretty hard
Everybody working
At singin' from the heart
If you want my opinion
It isn't worth a bean
If you ain't in possession
The ability to swing
The ability to swing

Dreams, take 'em away
And fo 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 talking
Talking pretty loud
Everybody looking
To stand out from the crowd
Gonna break it to you, bucko
It doesn't mean a thing
If you ain't in possession
The ability to swing
Ah, 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 looking
For a meaning in my art
I'll give it to you straight, boy
It doesn't mean a thing
If you haven't got the
Ability to swing
Yeah

The ability to swing
The ability to swing
The ability to swing
The ability to swing
The ability to swing
The ability to swing
The ability to swing

Written by:

Thomas Dolby and Matthew Seligman

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