Went out route seven, stopped at samadi sweets

it's all downhill from here

we stood at shelter two and listened to the trees

it's all downhill from here

went to arlington hardware to buy some electrical tape

it's all downhill from here

you went to tulsa and i'm going to wait

it's all downhill from here
it's all downhill from here
it's all downhill from here

we keep on climbing but we never find the top

it's all downhill from here

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Shelter Two song meanings
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    General Commentthis is an amazing album, it's surprising to me that Ian MacKaye is in this band, he's good at everything i say.

    i can't say for sure what this song is about exactly, but to me "it's all down hill from here" means that everything is at it's best and things can only get worse now.
    Galongdafaron July 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI normally never do the 'posting thang,' but for my man Ian MacKaye, I gots to.
    So I live out in Los Angeles, which is rather frustrating when you love Fugazi and the Evens, for you miss those rare opportunities to see them play. However, a few years back when The Evens Self-Titled record came out, I had the great fortune of seeing them play at a tiny little youth center an hour north of LA in Ventura.
    Anyway, the best song played that evening was Shelter Two, and i'll definitely always remember Ian's segway into the song.
    For the need of rhetorical device, let me provide a dramatization of Ian's words on the song:
    'This song's called Shelter Two, and it's got a chorus that goes 'it's all downhill from here, and that's normally a bad thing, but we, The Evens, think that if you can only go downhill, then you must be in a pretty high place, a pretty good place.'

    So my dear friends, Galongdafar and Terminal Saint, you guys have great opinions, but the Evens got the best of you this time around.
    The chorus is playing with colloquialisms, and turning around the meaning of 'it's all downhill from here,' into a positive thing. Shelter Two is about being a great position; about finding your wife and realizing that life can only get easier as you get older.
    What's funny is that in the world of mountaineering/backpacking, the term is generally a positive one too, and you'll hear many-a-hikers exclaim with jovial optimism that 'it's all downhill from here guys!' Maybe Amy and Ian do the hike thing as a couple? That'd be darling.

    Pretty mushy stuff for Ian, right? But then again, judging from the stuff Rites of Spring used to do, I always assumed that Guy brought forth a lot of the 'sadder' elements in Fugazi's lyrics.

    Regardless, a chromatic riff on a baritone guitar is supreme regardless of lyrical content, and easily qualifies Shelter Two as the best song on their first record. Had 'Get Evens' not come out, and had I not heard 'Cut From The Cloth' or 'No Money,' then it'd probably fall as the best Evens song to date in my book.
    PablitoTraversoon January 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this album.
    redandbluejeanson June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me the song is about two people who love each other so much that the even the most mundane seeming activities, (hanging out at a park, stopping by the hardware store) when done together are better than anything else life has to offer. But, now that one of them has left and gone off to Tulsa, nothing will ever compare with the time they spent together. It's all downhill from here.
    Terminal Sainton November 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAh, very cool, thanks for the insight PablitoTraverso.
    Terminal Sainton March 18, 2007   Link

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