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Swing Low, Sweet Harriet

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Fragonard's The Swing, possibly the Trope Maker.

Or putting a grown woman (20s to 30s) on a swing and how that's cute and/or hot. Panty Shot optional, but certainly implied.

Even modern examples often imply the woman is reliving her childhood, a good 20 years ago.

As the trope's name comes from the slave spiritual song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", this is not to be confused with Dirty Harriet, unless it occurs at some very weird strip club...

Also has very little to do with Trauma Swing.


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     Anime & Manga 
  • Discussed and illustrated in GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class. "The Swing" is mentioned... as is the "entertainment" usage of the art, much to Kisaragi's dismay.

  • The Swing: The woman is portrayed on a swing dead-center in the picture and is feeling joyous. The reason is that she's being pushed by her husband, with her stretched-out legs being on display to her lover, who is hidden in the bushes. She looks quite pleased with herself because of that. At the time, such a picture was seen as mildly naughty fanservice.
  • Kate Beaton's version of the picture, where there is no husband, the lady is engrossed in a book and her flying shoe bonks the voyeur on the head.

     Comic Books 
  • This cover for Rear Entry #6. (Warning: Mildly NSFW)

  • The Slipper and the Rose has a Shout-Out to the Fragonard painting: Cinderella sings "I Can't Forget The Melody" while on a swing and wearing a costume almost identical to the one in the painting.
  • The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, a 1955 film starring Joan Collins and Ray Milland about the Evelyn Nesbit case (see Real Life below).
  • Bell's wife Marty in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
  • A film called Girl On A Swing involves a statue of a Creepy Child on a swing, which is mysteriously connected to the male lead's Love Interest, who is also seen on a swing.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Truly Scrumptious part of sings her solo, "Lovely, Lonely Man" while sitting on a garden swing. In this case the swing is more of a bench-style than the usual children's swingset but the imagery is still there.
  • Siberiade: Nastya is riding a swing when she rejects her lover Kolya and says she'll marry Phil. This trope is combined with Sexy Soaked Shirt when it starts to rain.
  • Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing had Beatrice on a swing after she realizes she loves Benedict.
  • Unsexy variation in 10 Things I Hate About You: Patrick sits Kat down on the swings when she's drunk at the Wild Teen Party and tries to keep her from passing out. She ends up throwing up on him.
  • The first Bring It On movie has a scene where Torrance sits on a swing.
  • Fantasia has it in the Pastoral Symphony, when the cupids are matchmaking among the Centaurs.
  • Played entirely straight in the 1994 erotic drama Sirens. The uptight minister can't help but look at all the gorgeous artist's models as they swing on a swing in the artist's yard.
  • Ann does this at a Lemp family picnic in Four Daughters—in this instance it's more of a symbol of her free spirit than a fanservice-y example.
  • Django Unchained has a scene where a young slave woman is swinging on a swing very much in the style of this trope, while other slaves are working and being whipped. It's a bit incongruous and unexplained.
  • Mongryong first sees and, overcome by her beauty, falls in love with Chunhyang as she is on a swing in Im Kwon-Taek's Chunhyang
  • In Frozen, Anna imitates the pose of The Swing (in front of a copy of the painting, no less) while excitedly bouncing around the castle during "For the First Time in Forever".
  • In Moulin Rouge!, Satine is introduced descending from the ceiling perched on a swing in a cloud of glitter and smoke.
  • A Day in the Country: Rodolphe and Henri gawk at Mme. Dufour and Henriette as they swing in the swing. Rodolphe wishes Henriette would sit in the swing and kick her legs out, rather than stand in it, so he could get a better view.
    Rodolphe: Wonderful invention, the swing.
  • In the 1923 silent film Zaza, the title character's can't-miss act seems to consist of her swinging on a swing in front of an audience. (She's supposed to be a singer, but that's hard to dramatize in a silent film.)
  • In La Roue, Sisif becomes attracted to Norma (his adopted daughter) when he sees her doing this.
  • The final flashback in Cries and Whispers has the sisters sitting in a swing they used to play on as children. Extra trope points for the POV character being played by Harriet Andersson.
  • Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical: During "The Smell of Rebellion", the Trunchbull seemingly descends completely into madness singing virtually nonsensical lyrics while swinging in a frilly dress and comical make up.

  • The Sound and the Fury: The swing in the garden is the site of one of Caddy's first trysts with a boyfriend, and much later, her daughter Quentin also goes there with a boy.
  • Kristina, one of the heroines in Vilhelm Moberg's The Emigrants novels, is fond of swinging and continues to do it in secret even when she's an adult. She first met her husband, Karl Oskar, while recovering from a wounded knee after she fell out of a swing, and interprets it as a sign that God makes bad things happen only so good things can come out of them. The musical adaptation, Kristina från Duvemåla, opens with Kristina on her swing.
  • Subverted in Superwally: The Advanced Wally Manual by Paul Manning, which describes "Wallettes" as sitting on the swings in public playgrounds to gossip, and swearing at small children who want a go. Not cute or hot.

     Live Action TV 
  • Pushing Daisies has it on the promo pictures.
  • Harry Enfield once did a parody of this trope. He made this Darker and Edgier film titled 'Poppet on a Swing' in one of his sketches.
  • There's an advert for a spa in the UK press with some lady in a low-cut one-piece swimsuit on a swing.
  • An old episode of The Wild Wild West, with the straitlaced Girl of the Week being hypnotized into this.
  • 313 in The Prisoner (2009), several times when she's brooding.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Hollow Pursuits", Barclay's holographic version of Beverly Crusher sits in a swing wearing an enormous frock.
  • In the Bones episode "The Girl with the Curl", Hodgins takes Angela swinging for their first date.
  • Played for laughs on Snuff Box, in a sketch where Matt Berry is a 19th Century gentleman trying to woo a lady ("Will you christen this swing I have errrrrrrrected?") When he finds out that she's already engaged, he throws her off the swing and calmly announces "Fuck you!"
  • The Goodies. Graham Garden falls in love with his computer and tries to push it on a swing, which...doesn't work so well.

     Music Videos 
  • Catatonia, "Dead From the Waist Down".
  • TLC's "No Scrubs" video.
  • The John Anderson song Swinging:
    Little Charlotte she's a darlin'
    she's the apple of my eye
    and when I'm on the swing with her
    she makes me almost high
    Charlotte is my lover
    she has been since the spring
    I just can't believe it started
    On her front porch in a swing
    just a swingin'

     Tabletop Games 
  • The illustration for the Red Fox species in the Ironclaw rulebook has a female Red Fox in a scene very similar to The Swing.

     Puppet Shows 
  • One episode of The Muppet Show had special guest Theresa Brewer in a recreation of the Fragonard painting. She attempted to sing "Spinning Wheel" while being pushed by Sweetums, only to repeatedly knock him over on the backswing.

  • The first act of the dance musical "Contact" is based on The Swing painting. The Girl and The Servant have no problem making contact.
  • In Music in the Air The Ingenue Sieglinde takes a ride on a swing at the zoo.
  • For the Elisabeth in Concert productions, the titular character falls off a swing (pushed by Death) instead of a tightrope.


     Real Life