"Shake It Off" as written by and Jeff Tweedy....
Sunlight angles on
A wooden floor at dawn
A ceiling fan is on
Chopping up my dreams
What is left of them
I take to sleep again
Where I dare pretend
I'm more than I seem

Tears get triggered
Yours remind me
Of the ice melting in my glass
Finally full again
So I listen for
Your lips to break apart
Into words

It definitely starts
To spoil my heart
Somewhere there's a war
But sometimes there is art

It definitely starts
To spoil my heart
Somewhere there's a war
But sometimes there is art

When I'm awake enough
I'm gonna shake it off
I'm gonna shake it off
I've gotta shake it off

I'll shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off

Hotels hold me
Thoughts are rising
So many hearts
Beating in one place
Like a giant
Beast with many souls
Now just a body
Full of holes

When I'm awake enough
I'm gonna shake it off
I'm gonna shake it off
I've gotta shake it off

When I'm awake enough
I'm gonna shake it off
I'm gonna shake it off
I've gotta shake it off

I'm gonna shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off
Shake it off


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"Shake It Off" as written by Jeff Tweedy

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    General CommentI think this song is Tweedy's way of saying that after all the trouble he went through during the rehab era and everything, he can still be creative and doesn't need all the complications to do so. He is gonna "shake off" all the expectations that people have of him, and continue to do what he does best.
    desperoon May 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh, god, i registered just to comment on this song. the meaning is pretty clear enough; the music is what gets me. it reminds me of pink floyd (the melody--deep, spacey riffs) and the leader singer of train's vocals (earlier on anyway...). absolutely crunchy.
    apocryphalon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSomewhere there’s a war
    Sometimes there is art

    Utter communication breakdown vs. the highest form of communication. Crazy world.
    gianc123on July 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti get the pink floyd thing, but the beginning section of this song really reminds me of king crimson too. does anybody know what time signature it's in at the start? i can't tell whether it's something like 9/4 or just 4/4 with clever upbeats. i really love it though.
    watermelonon April 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Like a giant beast with many souls/no, just a body full of holes." - this

    "I know you've got a God-shaped hole, bleeding out your heart full of soul." - Misunderstood (Being There)

    i found this...i think JT is the real giant beast.
    SMbirdon December 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have listened many many many times to this song and to this album. I am still undecided about the meaning of this one. The imagery is terrific. The chorus is inspiring. The delivery is superb. But what concerns me is - is it a good thing that he is shaking it off? Upon further consideration, I am still not sure. Maybe the singer is sad that he's gotta shake it off. What is spoiling his heart? Sleep? His dreams? If anyone has any insight, I would like to hear it.
    ynotboron March 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI probably interpreted this too simply, but this song reminds me of having dreams where you are better off than in real life, "I take to sleep again/ Where I dare pretend/ I'm more than I seem" and then being disappointed when waking and having to "shake off" the feeling and come back to reality.

    Anyway, the music and expression in this song is extraordinary, as well as the imagery in the lyrics, even if some of it is difficult to interpret.
    picturechallenged11on May 21, 2010   Link

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