And if you squint trying to recollect the bosom of your hoodlum love (hey baby)
You reach out and into the absence and gasping

from Dirty Projectors – About To Die Lyrics on Rap Genius


The concept of the “first love” runs through Swing Lo Magellan. Here, Longstreth is alluding to the fact that a person’s “hoodlum” (i.e. immature) love can give life meaning, but the subject in this song is on the verge of forgetting his first love. Hence, existential angst ensues

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