Last summer I went swimmin’,
Last summer I might have drowned,
But I held my breath and I kicked my feet
And I moved my arms around -
I moved my arms around.

Last summer I swam in the ocean,
And swam in a swimmin' pool.
Salt in my wounds, chlorine in my eyes,
I'm a self-destructive fool -
A self-destructive fool.

Last summer I did the backstroke
And you know that that’s not all;
I did the breast stroke and the butterfly
And the old Australian crawl -
The old Australian crawl.

Last summer I swam in a public place,
And a reservoir to boot.
At the latter I was informal,
At the former I wore my suit -
I wore my swimming suit.

Last summer I did a swan dive,
And a jack-knife for you all.
And once, when you weren’t looking,
I did a cannon ball -
I did a cannonball.

written by Loudon Wainwright III (ASCAP)
Snowden Music Inc.