"Shangri-la" as written by and Jeff Lynne....
Sitting here, waiting for,
Someone calling at my door,
Too bad,
I'm getting out of love.

What's the use of changing things,
Wonder what tomorrow brings,
Who knows,
I'm getting out of love.

My Shangri-la has gone away,
Faded like the Beatles on Hey Jude
She seemed to drift out on the rain
That came in somewhere softly from the blue

Clouds roll by and hide the sun,
Raindrops fall on everyone,
So sad,
I'm getting out of love.

CHORUS -- repeat x2

Lyrics submitted by Gerard_commi

"Shangri-La" as written by Jeff Lynne

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  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favorite song off "new world record". the end is just heart-breakingly desperate, as if the writer is calling out to his love amidst a storm. it moves me every time.
    barabbason January 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI completely agree barabbas, it's a shame this song never got the respect it deserved.
    Niftyon June 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of ELO's best. Awesome lyrics and melody.
    aaaardyon January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI recall listening to this album, and this song, one day when I was in high school. My mother wandered by, listened, and said, "I actually like this song! Who is it?"
    Kenobi65on February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShangri-la being of course a mythical paradise; a good band called Grandaddy finally split up and the last song (hidden track) reprises the end of this song only with the main singer singing 'I'll never return, to Shangri-la' meaning that his dream with his band and his music is at an end.

    Very sad.
    Threepwudon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Especially the little interlude part with the piano. Just a not on the end I'm extremly certain that they are saying "I will return to Shangri-La". A bit of hope at the end of the saddness.
    Karnitschnigon May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanother Beatles' nod, and a foretelling of the next album's title.

    Definitely 'will' return, as Karnitschnig says.
    Duncan905on October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNostalgic, sentimental waffling, sadness - through past, modern. Connection and depression to current. Intense beauty to take me back all the way in ascension.
    Username2on June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely one of Jeff Lynne's most beautiful songs. Go onto youtube and watch a video of an eastern European group performing it live...gorgeous.
    mbarskyon March 01, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI always thought this song was about a guy suiciding over his dead daughter/wife. The lyricist keeps referring to his daughter/wife as his shangri-la since she is his source of youth and happiness etc. In the end, the lyricist says that he'll return to his shangri-la, which is him suiciding in order to return to his dead daughter/wife.
    bigjb21118on September 10, 2019   Link

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