Oh, a storm is threat'ning
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin'
Our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost its way

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

The floods is threat'ning
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
I tell you love, sister, it's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away
Kiss away, kiss away



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"Gimme Shelter" as written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

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  • +3
    General Comment:What a great song this is. Written entirely by Keith Richards as were many Stones songs credited to "Jagger-Richards".
    JumpyJackon November 12, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:One of the best songs ever! I think the need for shelter represents a vulnerability. Sort of like teetering between two opposite and paradoxical states. But in the stark contrast between war being "just a shot away" and love being "just a kiss away," there's a powerful realization that makes deciding on where you'd like to stand so much easier.

    That was my personal take on it. But I think most would agree that the need for shelter probably refers to just wanting protection from some of the spiralling atrocious acts that take place in the world..
    nehaCon May 06, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This song is about the apocalypse as foretold in the book of Revelations. A dark storm is approaching. Cats and dogs living together mass hysteria.
    bkabbotton May 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It's a wicked stones song about heroin using a war metaphor. This was when the Stones really got into the hard stuff (drugs) and produced some of their best work.
    Thoughts?
    camel690on May 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:the chick in the song is merry clayton, a soul singer that worked with many pop artists back in the day.

    and you idiots...this song is about pizza delivery!! no im kidding.
    isabellahelsingon November 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:In my personla popwde this song is about mankind and hippies, and destruction, and warm, krispey kreme donuts when i'm high.
    bkabbotton June 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think everybody here is right to some extent.

    This song clearly has multiple meanings. The initial two verses seem to indicate the Vietnam war and how people could be eradicated from the planet and from life with just a "shot." The third verse seems to indicate violent protesting and likely altamont. The fourth verse with the high pitched "rape, murder its just a shot away" likely indicates heroin use (and maybe the excessive drug abuse at altamont). The distorted guitar after the verse sounds like a druggy shot into the veins, and the piercing screams of Ms. Clayton seem to infer drug use (regardless of what the band says, a mainstream band like the Rolling Stones would never admit to blatant heroin references, so they instead imply it). The ending it's just a kiss away likely refers to Richards and Mick Jagger's wife's affair.

    This song is essentially about living on the edge how life can change so fast at anytime. You could be happy one moment, and be blown up, have a horrible drug addiction or be cheating on your wife. The song has multiple meanings and is very 60s. Top ten rock songs of all time for sure.
    jsperon February 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song kicks ass ;o)
    fallonyourKNEESon October 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:love the song....really love the very beginning, a sound all its' own, true classic.
    happylittldittyon March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:...it's just a shot away. dead pan delivery contrasting those high pitched harmonies that shoot through the vains. great track.
    ramptonon June 23, 2003   Link

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