"Shriner's Park" as written by and Melissa Etheridge....
I wonder what you're doing
In the night out there
Is a sad summer breath tangled in your hair
Can you hear the lonely engines
Screaming through the town
There's no where to run
When the darkness comes down

Is there a song inside of you
That you tried to forget
Like your fake ID and your mom's cigarettes
Does it take you back
Is the vision intense
You and me in Shriner's Park
Trying to make some sense

You were just seventeen
But your laughter was mild
You liked my dreams you thought I was wild
Is there a rhythm in your step now
That reminds you of a dance
Do you push it all away
Cause you never took the chance

You'd sneak out your window
When I'd come for you
I'd be waiting in the street light on 8th Avenue
You'd slip into my car
We'd drive down past the fence
You and me in Shriner's Park
Trying to make some sense

Did you feel like you were crazy
When they sent you far away
Did no one have the answers
When you hung your head to pray
You could not let yourself dream
Never dare believe
You could ever be more
Than you were born to be

Do you lock up your house
Like you locked up your past
If I were to call
Could you free me at last
Could you slip into my car
Could we drive down past the fence
You and me in Shriner's Park
Trying to make some sense


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"Shriner's Park" as written by Melissa Etheridge

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    General CommentOk let me be the first.

    One of ME's most evocative and heart rending songs which, IMO, believe she wrote for every misfit soul who grew up misunderstood and carried their scars for the rest of their lives. This seems like two people who, as kids, were stuck in a similar situation but, it seems, one survived and one went to prison. But the narrator is in a prison as well. He/she remembers the past, wondering what became of the other. But in a larger sense, I think many people with difficult childhoods can identify with this song. I know I do. I love it, but it's always like a punch in the gut. An example of songwriting at it's finest.
    kbear62on April 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentShriner's Park... This is one of my favorite songs of all time and Melissa's best work. I think that it might be about her first love, or first serious love/sexual experience, and the confusion she felt by her sexuality (Slip into the car/trying to make some sense). I haven't read her memoir in a while, but I know she had a pretty significant relationship at 17, referenced also in Fearless Love and Ain't it Heavy. It's possible that the girl she's writing to/about went into a mental hospital or a metaphorical prison in terms of a false lifestyle. I don't get the feeling that either of them are in a physical prison though...
    At any rate, it's a while later in her life, and Melissa is wondering what ever happened to that girl (Jamie might have been her name in the book, I think that's the one) and where she is now. Reminiscing. I went to a school named Shrine and so looking back at a first love at 17 in Shriner's Park always really hits home.
    LondonSkylineon June 30, 2011   Link

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