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In The Shelter
Written by: Jimmy Buffett
Performed by: Jimmy Buffett

Originally from the Album: High Cumberland Jubilee (1971)
Additional Discography:
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes (1977)

Before the Salt (1979)
Before The Beach (1993)
Beach Music Anthology Volume 2 (1999)
Best of the Early Years (2002)
Meet Me In Margaritaville (2003)
Live in Las Vegas, NV (2003)
Live in Auburn, WA (2003)
Live in Mansfield, MA (2004)
Live in Cincinnati, OH (2004)
Live In Hawaii (2005)

Jimmy’s Notes:
(from Meet Me In Margaritaville) Savannah Jane actually came up with the idea to do this old song with a reggae arrangement. Nice call, Savvy!

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 thatway 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.

Shows Played At:
06-04-2016: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
01-30-2004: Maui Arts & Cultural Ctr – Maui, HI
01-28-2004: Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu, HI
01-24-2004: Arrowhead Pond – Anaheim, CA
01-22-2004: Margaritaville Poolside – Las Vegas, NV
01-20-2004: HP Pavilion – San Jose, CA
09-23-2003: Coors Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
09-20-2003: MGM Grand – Las Vegas, NV
09-18-2003: Clark County Amphitheatre – Vancouver, WA
09-16-2003: White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
08-30-2003: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-28-2003: Tweeter Center Boston – Mansfield, MA
08-26-2003: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
08-23-2003: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
08-21-2003: Tweeter Center Chicago – Tinley Park, IL
08-19-2003: Post Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
07-13-2003: Southampton College – Southampton, NY
07-05-2003: Nissan Pavilion – Bristow, VA
07-01-2003: Tweeter Center Philadelphia – Camden, NJ
06-26-2003: Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN
06-24-2003: DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
04-15-2003: The Woodlands – Houston, TX
02-13-2003: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
02-10-2003: TD Waterhouse Centre – Orlando, FL
02-09-2003: Margaritaville Cafe – Orlando, FL
02-08-2003: St Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL
02-05-2003: Colonial Center – Columbia, SC
02-03-2003: RBC Center – Raleigh, NC
02-01-2003: Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
12-04-1999: New Orleans Areana – New Orleans, LA
10-15-1993: Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, WA
10-14-1993: Rose Garden – Portland, OR
09-04-1993: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
09-03-1993: Great Woods – Mansfield, MA
08-21-1993: Buckeye Lake – Columbus, OH
08-18-1993: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-17-1993: Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
08-16-1993: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
08-14-1993: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
08-13-1993: Walnut Creek Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
08-10-1993: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
07-04-1993: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
07-03-1993: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
07-02-1993: Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
06-27-1993: Blockbuster Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
06-23-1993: Garden State Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
06-22-1993: Garden State Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
06-19-1993: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
06-12-1993: City Park – New Orleans, LA
06-03-1993: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Number of Shows: 50