Swans - God Damn The Sun Lyrics




When, when we were young, we had no history
So nothing to lose meant we could choose
Choose what we wanted then
Without any fear or thought of revenge

But then you grew old and I lost my ambition
So I gained an addiction to drink and depression
(They are mine, my only true friends
And I'll keep them with me until the very end)

I'd choose not to remember, but I miss your arrogance
And I need your intelligence and your hate for authority
But now you're gone, I read it today
They found you in Spain, face down in the street
With a bottle in your hand and a wild smile on your face
And a knife in your back

You died in a foreign land and they found my letter
Rolled up in your pocket
Where I said I'd kill myself if she left me again
So now she's gone and you're both in my mind
I've got one thing to say before I am drunk again

Goddamn the sun
Goddamn the sun
Goddamn anyone that says a kind word
Goddamn the sun
Goddamn the sun
Goddamn the light
It shines and this world it shows
Goddamn the sun





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  1. CitizenBrown

    Swans is a band that I have to regulate in my playlists, because if I listen to this too much, it could mean trouble mentally.

  2. walterxbenjamin

    One of those songs that at some point in your life will be the only thing that feels real.

    Best wishes on making it through that point.

  3. Jeffery Saxon

    Everytime i hear this song, I think of my half sister who i truly love.

  4. Baz Bramble

    what a freak queer

  5. Baz Bramble

    ugh disgusting fuck off

  6. Richard Roberson

    Would fit well on Drainland

  7. Leslie Schmidt

    This song is always stuck in my head, especially when I walk out of my house & it's 110+ degrees...

  8. Someone Somewhere

    they dance

  9. Beer And Tacos

    Play this at my funeral.

  10. Thomas Weber

    10 years ago

  11. october72393

    Hi Angela...

  12. october72393

    I love this...

  13. MrBiju999

    perfectly depressing

  14. Cody Lamers

    Isn't this just a Johnny Cash clone?

    Dagoth Ur

    Nice bait

  15. Baz Bramble

    Approved!

  16. St. Clare

    If y'all like sad music, check out Giles Corey.

  17. liam shope

    this song ruined my life

  18. ciao wutang

    literally me when i have gastroenteritis

  19. Άγγελος Αγγελίδης

    ΚΟΜΜΑΤΑΡΑ!!! ΜEΓΑΛE GIRA!!!

    suomiusername

    you have

  20. Schuyler Haussmann

    depressing and exhilarating at the same time

  21. Schuyler Haussmann

    surely one of the best songs ever written

  22. Ylenia Gardini

    When we were young we had no history so nothing to loose

  23. liam shope

    I get it

  24. EIIiot Rodger

    singing is so bad lmao, isn't this a studio album?

  25. Brian Crain aka Cain

    I miss my dog! My only true friend!

  26. Joe M.

    Having lost both an ex and best friend in the blink of an eye, this song rends me like no other.

    St. Clare

    I feel you man. My girl left me and I've been drunk ever since.

    Franco S.

    Crushing lyrics.

    LOTTO

    If you were close, strap in for a wild ride.


    My ex who I dated for 6 years dumped me 3 years ago and I still feel sick and lifeless and gray.

  27. Craig Roberts

    Yeah and don't forget the wind the rain the moon the stars and...and...whateverelseyougot.

  28. Kristine Kearney Bradshaw

    maplethorpe. (sp) a remember the controversy. Beautiful Song and Album. <3

  29. Baz Bramble

    BRILLIANT

  30. Aaron Swink

    Any serious Gira fans are highly encouraged to check out Angels of Light, especially "New Mother".

  31. Farha Buh

    When, when we were young
    We had no history
    So nothing to lose
    Meant we could choose
    Choose what we wanted then
    Without any fear
    Or thought of revenge
    But then you grew old
    And I lost my ambition
    So I gained an addiction
    To drink and depression
    (they are mine
    My only true friends
    And I'll keep them with me
    Until the very end)
    I'd choose not to remember
    But I miss your arrogance
    And I need your intelligence
    And your hate for authority
    But now you're gone
    I read it today
    They found you in spain
    Face down in the street
    With a bottle in your hand
    And a wild smile on your face
    And a knife in your back
    You died in a foreign land
    And they found my letter
    Rolled up in your pocket
    Where I said I'd kill myself
    If she left me again
    So now she's gone
    And you're both in my mind
    I've got one thing to say
    Before I am drunk again:
    God damn the sun
    God damn the sun
    God damn anyone
    That says a kind word
    God damn the sun
    God damn the sun
    God damn the light it shines
    And this world it shows
    God damn the sun

    john smith

    Farha Buh hb 🎂

  32. Baz Bramble

    t r u t h

  33. eric bryant

    this song makes me feel if anything numb at the moment rapid cycle bi-polar and ice addiction  but there is a warming feeling time for treatment/recovery

  34. Brian Morrow

    .......I have so lived this.........

  35. Justin Anstine

    Seriously surprised I missed this band and song back in my goth days.
    oh well, its new to me know.

  36. Nlogax

    This makes me feel worse than any other Swans track.

    Justin Bogenschutz

    Definitely haven't heard Failure then

    Jake Fettes

    Or “No Cure for the Lonely”

    St. Clare

    "Failure" is depressing but the instrumental parts of it aren't as morose as in this song.

    Helle Fyre

    This makes me feel worse than any Leonard Cohen track.

    Richard Roberson

    This song is crushing

  37. This song is so *god damn* sad

  38. glynna schmehl

    This always reminds me of, " Person Of Interest ".

  39. Killjoy

    Getting bad reviews was actually the artistic completion of this album.

    Huginn und Muninn

    He gave life a bad review

  40. Beeble Brox

    "God damn anyone that says a kind word..."

  41. Alexander Yubari

    One of Swans' best. Also, the best lyrics Gira ever did.

  42. Remy Zero

    i love this bleak-ass song....

  43. mickey elf

    When this song "dropped" in the early 90s, I didn't take it seriously. Too bombastic, too lugubrious, and the Swans themselves were perceived by my tastemaking cohort as naff: overly gothic, music for tattooed "transgressive" teens from the heartland... but the title always stuck in my head and for 25 odd years now I've been quoting the chorus in a rumbling deep voice and chuckling to myself in the same spirit, with which I appreciate the oeuvre of Morrisey and the Smiths as a body of purest comedy. But many things have
    changed and now I play this song today and it seems both unbearably sad and fraught with redemptive light. Michael Gira's doomstruck basso profundo opens trapdoors into regions of the human spirit where clouds obscure the god-damned SUN and jesus rays illumine a few spots in a dark landscape.... I spent an evening barhopping with Gira on the old Lower East Side during the first Clinton administration He was about 10 years older
    than me and I found him intimidating...he'd affected a huge unlit stogie and spent the entire night jabbing this tennisball-cansized smoke in the face of his interlocutors and alternately clenching it in his jaws with an exaggerated and terrifying grin--the rictus of a man who might do anything. He was masterful, domineering, selfevidently a virtuoso of mindf**king, hard to be around. He reminded me in some ways of the late poet Maxwell Bodenheim, another poseur with a lust for the gutter and a relentless will to power, if that spectral and starveling poet had taken up diet and exercise and become all aglow with vigor, both dissipated and robust (Gira had something of the strenuous, heroic aspect of the Richard E Grant character from "Withnail and I" , who when challenged to ingest an enormous and potent psychedelic pill sneers, "Balls, I'll swallow it and run a mile".) Even a poseur and a gothic tryhard can get it right once in a while, and this song is proof. God
    Damn the Sun! I raise my glass to Michael Gira, the swans, and that vast ball of flame in the heavens.

    Anthony DiPasquale

    The most pretentious thing I've ever read

    eric bryant

    good narrative your a good writer

    F D

    Your entire comment was an exercise in trying too hard. Seriously, you must be one of those guys who sits around at coffee shops and dubs himself a 'writer.' Do you have any self awareness at all? How smug are you to perceive yourself so superior to Gira or "goths?" You call him a posuer but you clearly didn't have the balls to tell him so. Do you even know what kind of life he had? Tastemaker? Really? Please, do us all a favor and taste the barrell of a gun. It's an activity you can try with your hipster friends.

    Joe M.

    I too use a thesaurus

  44. Borbs

    If only the Burning World was full of tracks like this, it would be another 10/10 swans album.

  45. Nathan M Jr

    How many mix tapes ended with this one?

    The Curious Kitty

    good song to end the night at a dance club

    Feukka 1

    Nathan M Jr a whole bunch

    Mateo Latapie

    @anarchore that's not very nice :(

  46. pearls beforeswine

    "And then we grew old, so I lost my ambition, and gained an addiction to drink and depression".

    Ron G

    They are my, my only true friends, and I'll keep them with me until the very end.

    St. Clare

    Sounds like my life.

    Vinyl Diary666

    @St. Clare Same!

  47. pearls beforeswine

    Perfect song.

  48. Craig Currie

    Is this Courtney love?

  49. odiumimbues

    this song is 100 percent about me. im the arrogant, intelligent hater of authority. and of course the rest of me is listed below.

    Dirk Odinsson

    So you were murdered drunk in Spain? Sorry to hear that

    odiumimbues

    @I RISE ABOVE Yea I was. I met some weird people

    Dirk Odinsson

    Damn. RIP

  50. Baz Bramble

    2 thumbs up

  51. Matthew Britt

    Dem feels

  52. Jeffrey Prosser

    More metal than metal

  53. WOLFTHRONE 1

    Maestro

  54. BB Baum

    Seen it live at least six times(the song), maybe more... it never fails to dazzle. Its so bleak, and dark, and dripping and beneath all.....and yet light hearted, cathartic and able to lift a mood while doing the dishes. Goddamn the Sun....

  55. Milngavie and Bearsden Enable

    here is a kind word px
    purple

  56. whiskeyhammer 90

    I know these feels.

  57. Gray Wildwood

    Always one of my favorites.

  58. Kala Iriarte

    " god damn the light it shines and this world it shows.." for me this is the most powerful piece of lyric I have ever read/listen, plus the voice of gira... one of the most soul breaking songs in this album... perfect song to listen in my balcony with a smoke and a glass of whiskey and the bittersweet resignation that humans are emptier beings every second it pass...

  59. Kala Iriarte

    why Alex?

  60. paul cappo

    No. The Replacements are.

  61. Alex

    I fucking hate myself.

    Okay okay, Now kids

    It's okay man , you are not alone ... I hate yourself too

  62. Dave Stambach

    Gira is a genius

  63. Eivlys

    thousands of ants under my skin ....

    Руслан Гентшке

    Me too......grates you said!

  64. E. Prime

    Dont be so mean...poor wuss is gonna kill himself :D hahaha

    Well said.

  65. nullpointer242

    i don´t so, there are right now peforming great show all over the world with their last album Seer.. including a DVD

  66. Dorota Hosa

    I'am crying...thank you very much!

  67. Darmera

    A Dark Taxi Baobab Retreat.

  68. Jürgen S.

    What can i say Best,best,best!!!

  69. Jürgen S.

    Brilliant!

  70. katrastrophy

    love.....already damned :)

  71. BRIAN PHILLIPS

    That's why you just do Forever Burned which has the best of everything... each track one masterpiece at a time leading into the next....

  72. MehdiGlz

    I meant my comment, I of course fucking know is not about the sun. You fucking useless people who can't use the internet.

  73. DysfunctionalBubble

    This mans voice. Wow.

  74. MehdiGlz

    what? the song is not about the sun? duhhh...
    You should learn how to read

  75. MehdiGlz

    Awesome fucking song! I searched for damn sun becaus I hate that is winter and is so fucking hot in here, and I found this great song. Songs fits me alright

  76. KatZebraness

    I hope you are getting some help. My mother didn't, so she's dead. Been a cutter myself, I stopped 5 years ago. It's possible. x

  77. sissy dim

    blinde..

  78. zzGRENDELzz

    Johnny Cash should have covered this...

  79. iridium171

    that's fine, only affortunated people likes us comprehend their music and know this band :)

  80. Shaq Fu

    Amazing song

  81. Freuddie Mercury

    Songs to cry. Cry of joy.

  82. TheSento100

    Is this the most underrated band ever?

  83. Darmera

    Domina.

  84. 23SVC23

    "The Burning World" is apparently being reissued on CD at last! It comes out on Water records on March 20, 2012. What a beautiful album.