"Shake It Out" as written by and John Andrew Hull....
Shake it out, shake it out
God, I need another round, another round, another round,
Another I could feel it now.
I felt the Lord in my father's house.
Well, I could see, I could see
Standing we were seventeen make it clean
Are you the living ghost of what I need?
Are you giving me the best of me.
We, will see.

'Cause I'm done being done with the funerals at least for now
Are you tired of being alone, are you tired of being alone?

Shake it out, shake it out.
Tie it up another round another
Wasn't really what I wanted so we brought it out.
Over the shore to my neighbors house.
I could see I could see
God I never should have seen, so complete
I am the living ghost of what you need
I am everything eternally, God just speak.

'Cause I'm done being done with the funerals at least for now
Are you tired of being alone, are you tired of being alone?

Just be clean

Oh god, you gotta shake it out, shake it out.
You gotta take it out, take it down
I gotta jump around, I needed that more then I ever have.
Oh god you gotta shake it out, shake it out.
You gotta break it down, break it out
You gotta jump around, I feel it now more then I ever have.

I felt the world begin
To peel off all my skin
And I felt the weight within
Reveal the bigger mess
That you can't fix

I felt I felt good
Repeat into my home
Don't fight don't ever go
I swear you'll never know
You'll never know

Oh god you gotta shake it out, shake it out.
You gotta break it down, break it out


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"Shake It Out" as written by Tom Hull Paul Epworth

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  • +7
    General Commentshake it out, shake it out
    god, I need another and another and another and another
    I can feel it now
    I felt the lord in my father's house
    and I can see, I can see
    standing, we were seventeen, make it clean
    are you the living ghost of what I need?
    are you gonna get the best of me?
    we will see

    'cause I'm done being done with the funerals
    at least for now
    are you tired of being alone?
    are you tired of being alone?

    shake it out, shake it out
    tired of another and another
    wasn't really what I wanted so we bled it out
    over the floor of my neighbor's house
    and I can see, I can see
    god, I've never seen a thing so complete
    I am the living ghost of what you need
    I am everything eternally
    god just speak

    'cause I'm done being done with the funerals
    at least for now
    are you tired of being alone?
    are you tired of being alone?

    so speak to me

    oh god you gotta shake it out, shake it out
    you gotta take me out, take me down
    I gotta come around
    I need it now more than I ever have
    oh god you gotta shake it out, shake it out
    you gotta break me down, break it out
    you gotta come around
    I feel it now more than I ever have

    I felt the lord begin
    to peel off all my skin
    and I felt the way within
    reveal the bigger mess
    that you can't fix

    I swear, I swear I'll go
    lead me into my home
    don't stop, don't ever go
    I swear you'll never know
    you'll never know

    oh god you gotta shake it out, shake it out
    you gotta break it down, break it out
    cartoon violenceon April 05, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is so great, and so powerful. The ending has the most force of any song I have heard in a while.

    As for the meaning, Its definitely about religion, and has three parts.
    The first part is about the things he has done in his life and how he is trying to reach out to the lord again after losing touch. When it says "I felt the lord in my fathers house" it shows that he had so much faith as a young kid, but has become corrupted and has drifted away from the lord.

    In the second part he has a revelation "we bled it out/ over the floor of the neighbors house... I've never seen a thing so complete." This causes him to begin to come back around to God and thinks he can cure all his pain and problems.

    The third part during the slow section, he see's how the lord can take away your sins "I felt the lord begin/ to peel off all my skin." However, after he has done this he realizes his problems are deeper than just the problems in his life, but are actually problems within himself that only he can fix "reveal the bigger mess/ that you cant fix."

    Many of Andy's songs deal with his religious upbringing, but I feel like in this song he really takes it head on and that takes a great deal of maturity. Absolutely love this song.
    LizardKingJM71on April 21, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthere lyrics are very wrong
    thefutileon June 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhat an amazing fucking song!
    hobomclaceyon March 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Lyric Correction(This isn't an Interpretation it's the lyrics from the pull-out of the LP copied word for word (even the same spacing, yes i'm that pedantic))

    Shake it out
    god i need another and another and another (and another)
    i could feel it now
    how i felt the lord in my father in my house

    i can see
    i can see standing
    we we're seventeen
    make it clean

    are you the living ghost of what i need?
    are you going to get the best of me?

    We will see

    Cause i'm done being done with a
    funeral, at least for now
    are you tired of being alone
    are you tired of being alone

    shake it out
    tired of another and another
    wasn't really what i wanted
    so we bled it out on the floor
    of my neighbor's house

    i could see
    god i've never seen something so complete
    i am the living ghost of what you need
    i am everything eternally
    god just speak

    cause i'm done being done with a funeral
    at least for now
    are you tired of being alone?
    are you tired of being alone?

    so speak to me

    oh god you've got to shake it out
    you've got to take it out, take it down
    you've got to come around
    i feel it now more than i ever have

    i felt the lord begin
    to peel off all my skin
    and felt the weight within
    reveal a bigger mess
    than you can fix

    i swear, i swear i'll go
    lead me into my home
    don't stop, don't ever go
    i swear you'll never know
    you'll never know

    oh god you've got to shake it, out shake it out
    you've got to break it down, break it out
    Eligiuson April 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionthe official video for the song is at spin.com/articles/… check it out!!! great song!
    playtekon March 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think he says, "I felt the Lord in my father's house."

    and i think the funeral part's wrong, he says, "At least for now" at the end not, "I will face it now"


    "I felt the Lord again to peel off all my skin."

    "I swear, I swear I'll go
    Lead me into my home
    Don't stop, don't ever go
    I swear you'll never know."

    also, I don't know if the word 'brake' is correct, it's either its homonymn 'break' or 'bring',

    brandon tautouon March 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNecronic They aren't Christians, they aren't trying to reel you in. Andy was raised as a Christian, So he writes about his upbringing and things he has gone through in his life. Calm down homie, he aint trying to reel you in to anything.

    I think the line "I felt the Lord begin, to peel off all my skin" might be kind of a reference to a segment in the CS Lewis book The Voyage of the Dawn treader... one of the characters is turned into a dragon and Aslan (God/the lord) comes and begins top peel off layers of his scales until he is a boy again... I just always thought the lyrics might be inspired by that...
    Paulermanon July 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs I posted in a reply above to magicgas this song to me is a person who clearly is struggling with addiction and is looking for salvation at the same time. Chill out you high horse christians and stop being so pessimistic you agnostics YOURE BOTH RIGHT.

    Shake it out
    god i need another and another and another (and another)
    i could feel it now
    how i felt the lord in my father in my house

    Starting with the first line Shake it out can be referring to going through withdrawals and having the common symptom of shaking or looking for salvation.

    God i need another and another..... open your eyes kids he obviously has an addiction and is going through a period of intense craving

    I could feel it now how i felt the lord in my fathers house... He most likely lived with his father when he was younger and was brought up with an intense christian believe instilled upon him. His craving for the addiction is now as intense as his belief in the lord was when he was surrounded with all the teachings of the christian life as a child.

    i can see
    i can see standing
    we we're seventeen
    make it clean
    are you the living ghost of what i need?
    are you going to get the best of me?
    We will see

    I believe he has just seen someone from his past he used to share his addiction with or group of buddies who probably used to shoot up with (i like to think he saw this person/persons at a funereal due to the later lyrics) and seeing this person/persons reminds him of the first time they started experimenting with the addiction (we were seventeen) and he wants to forget those memories (make it clean) and those memories are haunting him and reminding him of how he wants to use again (are you the living ghost of what I need) and he wonders if one day this addiction will take his life too (are you going to get the best of me? we will see)

    for my rendition of the next part see my reply to magicgas on page 1
    manocchson June 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's "are you gonna get the best of me" instead of "are you giving me the best of me"

    this song is legit. definitely one of my favorites on the album so far.
    showyrteethon April 03, 2009   Link

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