"Shelf In The Room" as written by and Travis Shane Meeks....
The key is so distant
I've opened doors
Know when to listen
Know what to listen for (yeah)

The shelf in the room
Has been the way of holding me
And letting me stay

Kick me out
Let me go
I don't belong here no more
A releasing sense of getting tired
Hold myself
I can't hold myself

The shelf in the room
Has been so true
I can hide in
The shelf in the room

Holding out
Never hold in
Holding out
Never hold

Know when to listen
Know what to listen for
Believe in resistance
Don't let them tell you anymore
Is there anyway/no
To get away/no
Ask myself
While I stay inside

The key is so distant
I've closed my doors
The shelf in the room
Is rain waiting to pour

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"Shelf in the Room" as written by Travis Shane Meeks

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about the singer's fear of the outside... the shelf in the room is his way of curling up and disappearing from everything, from all the activity, all the forces he cannot understand and is afraid to face. he's "closed his doors" but also realizes that it is "rain waiting to pour..." indicating that eventually his shelf will collapse and he will be sent back into the workd he so desparately wants to escape. He wants to leave from the place he knows, "Kick me out, let me go" cries Travis, as he is overwhelmed by a "releasing sense of getting tired" and wants only to retreat to the confines of his established, predictable, and safe world.
    robcrowellon June 15, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is not about any one event. It is about realizing why we are who we are. The shelf in the room could be anything, husband, father, wife anything. He is saying THIS is who I am but it is because of the shelf. I have never wanted to face the reality of the situation. I can see now that my beliefs differ. If you asked someone how come they voted a certain way and their answer is because of the way I was raised, because of my parents, you have a shelf. A habit that you have adopted for ease, not one you realized for your self.
    no1mahatmaon September 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis was the first DotN song i ever heard and still my favorite... it's like you know what you have to do and know you have a place to come back to, but you just have to leave right now.
    belle1313on September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song, too. Right now, Travis is suffering from an addiction to crystal meth, which is why he hasn't put out much for music in the last few years expect a couple of bootleg albums.
    OpinionHeadon May 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd organising them on this self in my room,And then when my dad got a wife we had to move out of that little house And he wans't the same guy that he was anymore,And then I went to that old house with other people living there & my old room with the selves made me wanna cry
    HardKoreGrovyJulzon April 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about an addiction he wants to kick, but can't - even though he wants to move beyond it and go on with his life, kick himself out of his rut, the addiction keeps dragging him back in, and he can never quite work up the will to wrench himself free because he can "hide" from his real-world concerns in it.
    Akakuroon October 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about being trapped in this physical plane of existence and feeling pushed around.
    AmberBon March 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the Shelf represents the medicine cabinet or drug addiction. Sobering up and returning to real world. Then being high on meth and wanting to come down. Just be able to sleep Kick me out Let me go I dont belong here anymore.. A releasing sense of getting tired when high meth a person can go weeks without sleeping. Its the struggle of addiction and being but ready to come down.SLEEP
    wrightwill82on June 16, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe it is about being a shut in. Spending a lot of time staring at the "shelf in the room", it is familiar and comforting, it doesnt give you any crap, lets you be! Ask myself, while I stay inside, contemplating leaving but again you dont! Kick me out let me go I dont belong here no more. knows he needs to leave the room! "Shelf in the room has been so true I can hide in the shelf in the room again, shelf is comforting". I get this out of these lyrics because im somewhat of a shut in and I know Travis has been a shut in a couple of times in his life!
    whodatton December 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWhen I was in my early twenties living with friends in a shared rent household, the shelf in the garage was always where the drug paraphernalia was. If anybody mentioned 'the shelf' you knew it was going to an all nighter.

    That's my interpretation
    WhiskeyBoton April 02, 2014   Link

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