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My Life in Swimming Spots

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A LOT OF MY LIFE HAS BEEN ABOUT ME IN THE WATER, IN POOLS, PONDS, RESERVOIRS, RIVERS, OCEANS AND BAYS.

This summer I went swimming, this summer I might have drowned

But I held my breath and I kicked my feet and I moved my arms around

This summer I swam in the ocean and I swam in a swimming pool

Salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes, I’m a self-destructive fool

—"The Swimming Song”

I wrote those lyrics in 1974. For the 50 years I’ve been traveling around the world performing, I always pack a bathing suit and goggles along with my guitar. From the beginning, a lot of my life has been about me in the

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