I Swear is the song interpreted by The Minions in Despicable Me 2, when Gru and Lucy get married. Although the lyrics don’t seem to have any meaning, it’s one of the songs that remain imprinted in the viewers’ minds. Because of the sweet melody, most likely, but maybe there is something more. The truth is that I Swear is an actual love song released in 1994, with an authentic meaning. This article will unveil the story behind The Minions’ track and the original meaning of I Swear.
You can find the song played in Despicable Me 2 below.
I Swear: the meaning behind the lyrics
As we all know, The Minions can’t talk. They pronounce words in their unintelligible language and, from time to time, they use some real words in English or other languages. The lyrics in I Swear make no exception: most of the terms have no sense, and the only meaningful word is “Underwear,” which represents their funny way of replicating the “I Swear” coming from the original song.
Below you can find the transcription of the lyrics sung by The Minions in I Swear:
Ah lapoda. Talaki ma tollina, ah…
Laba dee pochi la nocha…
Wu blana ki leji, phopapu se la nanee…
Underwear… Lakale lirei wee jille byah ,lako reh…
Underwear… Lapakreh leguari de la keh…
Laga di libeda eligwa…la gua reh
Lesho lieh tu, a keli de luu
Le aholi du le gaso leala, underwear…
Ladu, la amo dee underwear.
But the truth is that The Minions were singing an actual song: the original I Swear is a country hit by John Michael Montgomery released in 1993. You can find the original track streaming here on Youtube.
The part of the song played by the Minions is the last line of the second verse and the chorus. If we try to match the lyrics of the original version with The Minions’ I Swear, the yellow creatures were trying to sing the following lines, which represent the English translation of their song:
‘Cause as time turns the page, my love won’t age at all
I swear, by the moon and the stars in the sky
I’ll be there
I swear, like the shadow that’s by your side
I’ll be there
For better or worse, ’til death do us part
I’ll love you with every beat of my heart
Reading the original song, the lyrics sung by The Minions look even funnier. Their last line says “la amo dee underwear”, which uses the Spanish word for “love” next to underwear, their clumsy way of speaking “I Swear.”
Therefore, the original meaning of the lyrics is a promise of eternal love: whatever will happen in life, I swear, I’ll be there for you. The original music is a beautiful love song, and the author will appreciate the second life the track is living in modern times, reaching a new audience thanks to the Minions.