"In The Shelter" as written by Phillip J./carmody Allocco and Shane J. Verdi....
In the shelter, in the morning as
The sun was brightly gleaming,
I heard her crying out,
"What is it all about? I just don't know,
But I can't go back home."

Lonely princess, all the days out
On your own are growing empty.
Nothin' is goin' well, if you
Could only tell them how you feel.
But they're too real to understand.

Too many trite expressions ending in
Forced rejection long ago.
Too many innocent faces in too many
Far-out places, something's wrong.

Let me tell you that something's wrong.
It's been that way so long, and it's a shame.

On the street car to the city,
Where she knows that she may lose it all,
Riding for just a dime,
Takin' her own sweet and knowing well
That this could be her final fall,
Past the boutique, down the alley,
To the river, people pass her by.
She sits on the big gray rocks,
Takes off her boots and socks,
Not knowing what she will do next,
Just starts to cry.

To many small suggestions ending in
Angry questions from her dad.
To many TV dinners, ah, everyone
Loves a winner, but she has lost.
No ones knows the trials she had.

In the shelter, in the morning as
The sun was brightly gleaming,
I heard her crying out,
"What is it all about? I just
Don't know, but I can't go back home."
Hell, I just don't know, but
I can't go back home.


Lyrics submitted by EnjOy IncUbus

"In the Shelter" as written by Robert Steele Phillip J. Allocco

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    General CommentThis is the original version off "High Cumberland Jubilee." In the "Changes" version, it says "not knowing what she will do next," which is a much more optimistic version. When Jimmy recorded the song AGAIN for "Meet Me In Margaritaville," he kept her not knowing.

    I quote the "nothing is going well, if you could only tell them how you feel, but they're too real to understand" all the time to myself on bad days.
    UnpopularPoeton January 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have always enjoyed Jimmy Buffett as a poet and entertainer but finally realized his amazing his genius when I read the original lyrics to this song.

    I grew up with the "Changes " version where he sings "..sits on the big grey rocks, takes off her boots and socks, NOT knowing what she will do next just starts to cry...". I can envison the big grey rocks down by the river on the Moonwalk in New Orleans and see someone who has had a rough upbringing going to live in the Quarter and trying to sort things out on one of many bad days by going to relax by the river.

    When I read the original lyric "... sits on the big grey rocks, takes off her boots and socks AND knowing what she will do next just starts to cry..." This is someone who has run away from many bad things and can find no hope so she intends to end it there in the Mississippi. She is beyond hope and we suddenly understand the severity of what she's been through.

    A single word changes the utlimate temper and meaning of this song. I would love to know more about his inspiration for this song.
    ChipCMDon November 30, 2012   Link

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