Learning to Swim

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"Learning to Swim"
Learning to Swim cover
Song by Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids
Album Lunchbox
Released March 1991
Recorded March 1991 at Harley Studios in Pompano, Florida
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:54
Label Beat Up Your Mom
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Daisy Berkowitz
Producer Daisy Berkowitz

"Learning to Swim" is the third track on the 1991 release Lunchbox. It has since been recorded live and subsequently released again in 1992 on Live as Hell. The song was allegedly inspired by a message left by a fan on the band's answering machine asking for advice.





Lunchbox version
Live as Hell version


  • "Learning to Swim" — Appears on Lunchbox.
  • "Learning to Swim" — Appears on Live as Hell.
  • "Learning to Swim" (Remastered mix from Lunchbox) — Appears on Lunch Boxes & Choklit Cows.


    i wanna be the fish
    i like the way he swims
    i bend my arms to fins
    ego scales my skin
    i grab a sharp stick
    and i cut my gills
    the water rushes in
    i'm too young
    to live this life
    i wanna be the fish
    i like the way he swims
    i grab a sharp stick
    i'm too young to live
    inside this life
    they want me to stay
    this life I cannot feign


  • On most bootlegs this track is mislabeled as "Respected But Rejected" and "Learning".