"Shelter" as written by and Ray Lamontagne....
I guess you don't need it
I guess you don't want me to repeat it
But everything I have to give I'll give to you
It's not like we planned it
You tried to stay, but you could not stand it
To see me shut down slow
as though it was an easy thing to do
Listen when
All of this around us'll fall over
I tell you what we're gonna do
You will shelter me my love
And I will shelter you
I will shelter you
I left you heartbroken, but not until those very words were spoken
Has anybody ever made such a fool out of you
It's hard to believe it
Even as my eyes do see it
The very things that make you live are killing you
Listen when all of this around us'll fall over
I tell you what we're gonna do
You will shelter me my love
I will shelter you
Listen when
All of this around us'll fall over
I tell you what we're gonna do
Hey you will shelter me my love
I will shelter you
If you shelter me too
I will shelter you
I will shelter you


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"Shelter" as written by Raycharles Jack Lamontagne

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    General CommentRegardless of the meaning Ray intended it for, this will be my wedding song. Promising to shelter one another for the rest of each other's lives during our first close embrace together as man and wife through this song...I can't think of a more perfect memory.
    glxyjoneson March 28, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI feel like an ass coming so late to the Ray party . . . he has inspired me to take up the guitar.
    I think that is song can mean so many different things. I am all about the chorus:
    "All of this around us'll fall over
    I tell you what we're gonna do
    You will shelter me my love
    And I will shelter you
    I will shelter you"
    May be too simplistic but, I feel like he means that all the shit in life will come and go, but what will always be there is this imperfect love between two people sheltering each other from the storm.
    jimswim655on February 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is the best song on the album.
    th3gh05ton August 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed. i have practically lived this song
    leileion February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a couple who used to date and somehow things dried up between them but they still have this strong attraction to one another. During their separation they build different lives but they understand that its only temporary, and once these separate lives fall apart they will still have eachother.
    ALI23on March 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe live version of this song is much better than the album version - Ray evokes so much more conviction emotion. Beyond that, however, the constant and repetitive refrain "I will shelter you" so aptly describes love - the thing one lover wants to do to the other and what the one wants the other to do.
    ca84on April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about two people that have broken up, and have no intentions of getting back together, but they still love each other and would do anything for one another. It very lovely.
    AlisonEMon January 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about him apologising for something that hes done, that he keeps hurting her and he wants forgiveness and another try
    "Iguess you dont need it i guess you dont want me to repeat it"
    means that he always says this when he lets her down.
    "its not like we planned it"
    meaning he somethingmite have happened between them to cause this"
    "to see me shut down so low as if it was an easy thing to do"
    meaning the thing that happened effected him badly and it wasnt easy.
    the shelter part of the song is about being there fore each other through everything no matter how hard life gets sheltering each other is all they need but he needs her to shelter her only if she does the same. i love the bit were he softly says "if you shelter me too" meaning he needs to be sheltered more i suppose because hes going through a rough time"
    quality song. love it.
    goldenhairedgirlon March 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's just a beautiful song about what and how you should love. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes its hard but the ones we love cannot always be the strong
    kelmusicon June 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAMAZING
    jem856on July 18, 2007   Link

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