"Cool Dry Place" as written by Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Bob Dylan....
Well I woke up this morning
The place was such a wreck
I couldn't reach the bathroom
Thought I'd better clear the deck
I tried to call the lawyer
And ask him what to do
He referred me to his doctor
Who referred me back to you
And when you checked the manual
You kept inside the case
It said "put it in a cool dry place"

I drove around the city
Looking for a room
That was high above the water
Where my things could be in tune
There was no one to help me
Nobody even cared
I had to got through hell
To get those things up there
I paid my first subscription
Then I joined the idle race
And they said "store it in a cool dry place"

I got guitar, basses, amplifiers and drums
Accordions and mandolins and things that sometimes hum
Cymbals and harmonicas, capos by the score
And lots of things in boxes laying all around the floor

Some places they get mildew
And others get too hot
Some places are so damp that
Everything you got just rots
All kinds of condensation
A direct result of rain
They're not much compensation
When everything's been stained
Some have sentimental value
That cannot be erased
Go store it in a cool dry place

We got solids and acoustics
And some from plywood board
And some are trimmed in leather
And some are made with gourds
There's organs and trombones
And reverbs we can use
Lots of DX-7s
And old athletic shoes
I bought a great big building
That took up one whole block
I made an inventory
Of all the things in stock
The place was getting longer
I was up all night
I used up all my pencils
But I went onto despite
The blurrying of my vision
The sweat upon my face
I've got to put this stuff away
I mustn't leave a trace
The landlord's breathing down my neck
He say's it's a disgrace
So I said "put it in a cool, dry, place"


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"Cool Dry Place" as written by Jeff Lynne Bob Dylan

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    General CommentCertainly it's just a "story song", but I also think it may be referencing TOm Petty's house fire. Fairly certain it happened before this song came out, but if your home burns down, I could see having an experience something like the one told in the song. Just a guess.
    kickstart71on June 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo idea on this one, really. Where the hell ARE they going with it?

    I like it anyway.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentis it about being on the road or trying to start there carrer and money is tight and crap so they have to live inderilict houses and the conditions suck and it makes them depressed?
    could the lawyer ,doctor part be about they got kicked out of the houses by landlords and they try to complain its unfair but the lawyer thinks they might have depression or mental issues that causes the landlords to get sick of them>?
    its a mystery but a great song :)
    djhtjlon January 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti always think of this song when im cleaning my room and theres just shit all over the place
    rainydaywoman420on December 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfor sure about petty's house fire. so sad. didn't he stay with dylan after this happened? man i wonder what they'r conversations must be like....
    oh yeah back to the song-it rocks!! =)

    "i had to go through hell to get those things up there" haha that's definitely a thought i would have after seeing my house burn down lol
    jasssson April 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBefore I'd read about Tom Petty's housefire I thought this song was just about how to store and properly take care of things. My favorite verse is the "some places they get mildew..." verse, something about how the words sound when they are sung together in the song. Great stuff.
    Niccoloon February 22, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is just a joke on the listener. It sounds like there's some kind of elaborate metaphor being set up but as you listen closer you realize that it's really just about putting stuff in storage.
    treanton January 06, 2017   Link

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