does "swept away" have any special meaning in Engl

mydream   Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:08 am GMT
for example,there's a movie called "swept away";Yanni's great hit "swept away".does the phrase have any special meaning here?
Uriel   Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:13 am GMT
Swept away is an idiomatic phrase that means to be emotionally overwhelmed; by love, by music, by an idea -- that sort of thing. it's usually positive.

Being swept away by a tidal wave, swept up by a tornado, or swept out to sea is another meaning; as you might guess, it means to be picked up and dragged away by forces beyond your control; this is usually a bad thing.

So you have to pay attention to the context to know what the speaker means.
Uriel   Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:15 am GMT
Oh, and you can also be swept off your feet by a romantic person -- swept is a pretty multi-use word!
mydream   Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:24 am GMT
thanks for the very usefull reply,Urel.
and i still have a question,if i wanted to descript that i'm deeply touched by a certain song,whould "i'm swept by this song" without the word "away" be nice?or saying "i'm swept away by this song" will be much better?
Uriel   Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:54 am GMT
Use the "away". "I'm swept by the song" wouldn't make any sense to me.
Holly   Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:09 am GMT
<Im swept away by this song>

It's like you are amazed by the song (usually postive).
Sheryll   Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:38 am GMT
You can probably use: "I was swept by the song"
'I am swept...' sounds odd.