"This Is Shangri - La" as written by Andrew Wood, Stone C. Gossard, Jeffrey Allen Ament, Greg A. Gilmore and Bruce Ian Fairweather....
I've been around the world and I wrote a million songs
It's all a bore to me
I've slept in the gutter and I've lied to the dogs
It never bothered me
The sheriff he came to with his little boys in blue
They been lookin' for me
But with my crystal sheen guitar I'm another ego star
So give it to me

Get me to the stage, it brings me home again
This is shangrila
I'm trippin' on it now, it brings me home again
This is shangrila

I look bad in shorts but most of us do
Don't let that bother me
I'm the football who is who, I don't believe in smack
So don't you die on me

Cause love is all good people need
Music sets the sick ones free
Without love no one ever grows nothing ever sings
This is shangrila

You have gathered for the feast
The bread is my body, the wine is blood
Get me to the stage, it brings me home again
This is shangrila
I'm trippin' on it now, it brings me home again


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"This Is Shangrila" as written by Bruce Ian Fairweather Andrew Wood

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    General Commenthas a lot of different meanings.one,how Andy finds the stage his realm,and that's where he shines the most.then other parts are just ,hey,go with the flow,like the I look bad in shorts line,he's saying,so what?the don't beleive in smack,could have two meanings to it.one,trash talking,or heroin.he was a heroin addict so that might have something to do with it.RIP Andy
    aicguy22on June 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmother love bone kicks...too bad no one commented on any of there songs...
    scorchoon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentman i love this song- too bad this band didn't get big, but we got temple of the dog and pearl jam from it, so at least andy wood didn't die in vain...grunge blossomed basically because of him. The song is probably about how andy considered the stage his realm...follows the trend of bands having their first song on a major album be about their dedication to rockin. (hit the lights, we die young, its a long way to the top if ya wanna rock and roll, etc...)
    grungemonkey1990on March 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyou missed a bit. its "an' I don' believe in smack or crack so dont you die on me babe"
    layne1012on June 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is mainly what everyone else is saying but, Shangri-La is the name of a Chinese place thats similar to the Garden of Eden, or somthing alone those lines. So what he's saying that his Heaven on Earth or his perfect place is up on stage doing his thing he doesn't care what people think and all the crap he's gone through is suddenly all worth it.
    Tallbob88on August 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGood song, Mother Love Bone was best live, explaining this song. Andy Wood felt being on stage was Shangri-La, The Garden of Eden, simply, Heaven on Earth.
    ElectricFuneral91on April 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe stage was heaven to mr. wood, cleary. he was certainly at home there. btw, that riff and the solo are both thanks to a mr. stone gossard. he and andy were a real dream team...
    temple of the jam87on May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about how basic things such as the feeling he gets playing music are what satisfy him. Traveling the world and writing a million songs was boring, but simply being on stage and expressing himself was what completed him, rather than the hype of the outside factors of touring or the music industry.
    JonPFon January 31, 2012   Link

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