Bic Runga

About Sway

"Sway" is a song by New Zealand singer Bic Runga. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album, Drive (1997). At the New Zealand Music Awards of 1998, the song won three awards, Single of the Year, Best Songwriter and Best Engineer (Simon Sheridan). In 2001 it was voted 6th best New Zealand song of all time by members of APRA. An acoustic version of the song can be found on the charity album Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 2. The song was featured in the 1999 film American Pie as well as the 2012 American Reunion. In September 2019, Runga re-recorded the song for Waiata / Anthems, a collection of re-recorded New Zealand pop songs to promote Māori Language Week. The new version, retitled "Haere Mai Rā / Sway", featured lyrics reinterpreted by scholar Tīmoti Kāretu. 


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Don't stray
Don't ever go away
I should be much to smart for this
You know it gets the better
Of me sometimes
When you and I collide
I fall into an ocean of you
Pull me out in time
Don't let me drown
Let me down
I say its all because of you and here I go
Losing my control
I'm practising your name
So I can say it to your face it doesn't seem right
To look you in the eye
And let all the things you mean to me
Come tumbling out my mouth indeed its time
Tell you why
I say its infinitely true
Say you'll stay
Don't come and go
Like you do
Sway my way
Yeah I need to know
All about you
And there's no cure
And no way to be sure
Why everything's turned inside out
Instilling so much doubt
It makes me so tired
I feel so uninspired
My head is battling with my heart
My logic has been torn apart
And now
It all turns sour
Come sweeten
Every afternoon
Say you'll stay
Don't come and go
Like you do
Sway my way
Yeah I need to know
All about you
Say you'll stay
Don't come and go
Like you do
Sway my way
Yeah I need to know
All about you
Its all because of you
Its all because of you

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Bic Runga

Briolette Kah Bic Runga MNZM (born 13 January 1976) is a New Zealand pop recording artist whose first solo album, Drive, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40 Album charts. She has since become one of the highest-selling New Zealand artists in recent history. Runga has also found success internationally in Australia, Ireland and to some extent in the UK. more »

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Written by: Briolette Kah Runga

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10 facts about this song

Artist Background
"Sway" was performed by Bic Runga, a New Zealand singer-songwriter. She is one of the most accomplished musicians in New Zealand, having been awarded numerous New Zealand music awards throughout her career.
Album Information
This iconic song was part of Bic Runga's debut album, Drive, which was released in 1997. The album was a huge success in New Zealand, reaching multi-platinum status.
Song Success
"Sway" not only made it to the top charts in New Zealand, but also gained international success. It peaked at number 7 in New Zealand, then later it reached number 10 in Australia and 60 in the United Kingdom.
Song Use in Film
The song was famously featured in the 1999 Hollywood film, American Pie. This increased its popularity and contributed largely to its recognition around the world.
Award Recognition
"Sway" won the Song of the Year award at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards in 1998. It was also nominated for Best Original Song for the RIANZ New Zealand Music Awards.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by different artists over the years, one of the well-known remakes was performed by the American rock band The Perishers, proving that it appeals to a wide range of audiences.
Song Composition
Bic Runga herself wrote the music and lyrics for this song, which is about the confusion and torment of love.
Live Performances
The song "Sway" remains to be a highlight during Bic Runga's live performances due to its continuing popularity among fans.
Song Appeals
"Sway" is recognized for its melody, the depth of the lyrics, and Runga's soulful and intimate vocal performance, which contributed to its lasting popularity.
After more than 20 years "Sway" still remains as one of the most popular songs in New Zealand music history and defined Bic Runga's career. It is often played on both classic and contemporary radio stations.

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