Shelly drank a lot of boose and she kissed a lot of boys
she danced down at the beach club as the band beat out some noise
and every night at midnight, the guy who left his wife
he'd buy a round, say, " Everyone, let's drink a toast to life."

so they'd drink a toast to laughter and they'd drink a toast to fun
and when the glass was empty they'd say," Let's drink another one."
Shelly, laughing in the bar stool, never could understand why
everything's s'posed to feel good, still she wanted to cry

something's missing, what am I searching for?
God, I don't know anymore
but another cold beer and a turn around the floor
weapons in this desperation war
and I won't have to think those big thoughts anymore

Shelly had the reputation of a girl with easy ways
you never would have known it if you knew her in her younger days
her daddy trusted Jesus, every night they'd always pray
he'd say, "Your father loves you Shelly, in his arms you'll always stay."

she was seventeen, her daddy's life came to a sudden end
she said, "Jesus, how could You do this, I thought you were my friend."
on long distance call to LA, her mother didn't care
Shelly walked down to the corner bar, found consolation there

the beers and the men they'd get her from tonight until tomorrow
Shelly knew she was slaying sorrow on her sorrow

something's missing, what am I searching for?
God I don't know anymore
but another cold beer and a turn around the floor
weapons in this desperation war
and I won't have to think those big thoughts anymore

(instrumental)

Shelly woke up trembling from a dream she had last night
she found the love she needed in a young man's eye's
and He wasn't one of the lovers she'd held to so tight
He was rocking her gently, she softly cried
and way off in the distance, she could hear her daddy say,
" Your father in Heaven loves you, in his arms you''l always stay."

This morning at Saint Mary's, Shelly knelt down in a pew
she said," I've forgotten how to pray, I don't know what to do.
Something's missing, what am I searching for?
God I don't know anymore, and I'm all alone down here.
I'm knocking at your door. I can't take this heartache anymore.
Won't You help me win this desperation war."




Lyrics submitted by Olives63

Desperation War song meanings
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