In The Shelter

by Jimmy Buffett

from the album Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes


Lyrics

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 grey 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