"The Shape I'm In" as written by and Robbie Robertson....
Go out yonder, peace in the valley
Come downtown, have to rumble in the alley
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in

Has anybody seen my lady
This living alone will drive me crazy
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in

I'm gonna go down by the water
But I ain't gonna jump in, no, no
I'll just be looking for my maker
And I hear that that's where she's been? Oh!

Out of nine lives, I spent seven
Now, how in the world do you get to Heaven
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in

I just spent sixty days in the jailhouse
For the crime of having no dough, no no
Now here I am back out on the street
For the crime of having nowhere to go

Save your neck or save your brother
Looks like it's one or the other
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in

Now two young kids might start a ruckus
You know they feel you trying to shuck us
Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in


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"The Shape I'm In" as written by Robbie Robertson

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    General CommentI absolutly love this song...especially the lines
    "I just spent 60 days in the jailhouse
    For the crime of having no dough
    Now here I am back out on the street
    For the crime of having nowhere to go"
    Love it
    Reginaon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was autobiographical to a typical night in the life of Richard manuel
    jp410on August 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know any song with such sad lyrics that's so fun to listen to.
    airforbes1on September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWatching "The Last Waltz" and knowing that Richard commited suicide, then hearing him sing "Out of nine lives, I spent seven
    Now, how in the world do you get to Heaven"---man, that is really, REALLY eerie. Always sends a firsson up my spine. Spooky, spooky, spooky.
    Rest in peace, Richard.
    OldFart53on July 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWatching "The Last Waltz" and knowing that Richard commited suicide, then hearing him sing "Out of nine lives, I spent seven
    Now, how in the world do you get to Heaven"---man, that is really, REALLY eerie. Always sends a firsson up my spine. Spooky, spooky, spooky.
    Rest in peace, Richard.
    OldFart53on July 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbest. song. ever.
    brennon13on November 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song works on so many levels, lyrically, musically and vocally. It so aptly puts the ridiculous expectations society puts on people and the ample amount if rope we're given to hang ourselves with. It's a "no win" situation.

    "Save your neck or save your brother
    Looks like it's one or the other
    Oh, you don't know the shape I'm in"
    eyehopon September 01, 2014   Link

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