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“Shelter From the Storm,” Bob Dylan

October 18, 2015

Alone Thou Wanderest
Rainer Maria Rilke

Ft: Jessie Lemont


Alone Thou wanderest through space,
Profound One with the hidden face;
Thou art Poverty’s great rose,
The eternal metamorphose
Of gold into the light of sun.

Thou art the mystic homeless One;
Into the world Thou never came,
Too mighty Thou, too great to name;
Voice of the storm, Song that the wild wind sings,
Thou Harp that shatters those who play Thy strings!


  • This song expresses the sadness of not knowing what you have until it’s gone: “Now there’s a wall between us, something there’s been lost/I took too much for granted, got my signals crossed/Just to think that it all began on a long-forgotten morn/’Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm.'” It’s likely that Dylan wrote this about his soon to be ex-wife, Sara Dylan. (thanks, adam – evanston, IL)
  • Dylan wrote this with only three chords and a simple melody. It started out as a song called “Up To Me,” which Roger McGuinn recorded in 1976.
  • Dylan got the title from a line in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop The Rain?“: “I went down Virginia, seekin’ shelter from the storm…” (thanks, Greg – Calgary, United States)
  • This appears on the Jerry McGuire Soundtrack.
  • Dylan wrote the material for Blood on the Tracks while he was dealing with his impending divorce from Sara Dylan.


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SHELTER FROM THE STORM 作詞:Bob Dylan 編曲:Pink古井戸 T’was in …

“Shelter From The Storm”

‘Twas in another lifetime one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue, the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness a creature void of form
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”And if I pass this way again you can rest assured
I’ll always do my best for her on that I give my word
In a world of steel-eyed death and men who are fighting to be warm
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

Not a word was spoke between us there was little risk involved
Everything up to that point had been left unresolved
Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

I was burned out from exhaustion buried in the hail
Poisoned in the bushes and blown out on the trail
Hunted like a crocodile ravaged in the corn
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

Suddenly I turned around and she was standing there
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

Now there’s a wall between us something there’s been lost
I took too much for granted, I got my signals crossed
Just to think that it all began on an uneventful morn
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

Well the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
But nothing really matters much it’s doom alone that counts
And the one-eyed undertaker he blows a futile horn
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

I’ve heard newborn babies wailing like a mourning dove
And old men with broken teeth stranded without love
Do I understand your question man, is it hopeless and forlorn?
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

In a little hilltop village they gambled for my clothes
I bargained for salvation and she gave me a lethal dose
I offered up my innocence, I got repaid with scorn
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

Well I’m living in a foreign country but I’m bound to cross the line
Beauty walks a razor’s edge someday I’ll make it mine
If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born
“Come in,” she said,
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

Shelter from the Storm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Shelter from the Storm”
Song by Bob Dylan from the album Blood on the Tracks
Released January 1975
Recorded September 17, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York City
Genre Folk rock
Length 5:02
Label Columbia
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks track listing

“Shelter from the Storm” is a song by Bob Dylan, released on his 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks, in 1975.

Along with “Tangled Up in Blue“, “Shelter from the Storm” was one of two songs from Blood on the Tracks to be re-released on the 2000 compilation The Essential Bob Dylan. The song also appears on two live albums by Bob Dylan — Hard Rain (from a May 1976 performance) and At Budokan (recorded in February 1978).

A first take of the song, from the same recording session that produced the album track, is featured in the soundtrack of the 1996 film Jerry Maguire. This outtake was also included on The Best of Bob Dylan, Vol. 1 (1997).

Further appearances are in the Alias episode “Trust Me“, theCriminal Minds episode “The Instincts“, the FlashForward episode “Believe“,[1] and the movies Warm Bodies and St. Vincent. TheCriminal Minds episode also includes several notations about Dylan, and the quote “I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay” is read by the fictional character Spencer Reid (played byMatthew Gray Gubler).[2] The song also appeared in the Numb3rs second season finale, “Hot Shot”.

The song has been covered by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, released on their 1996 studio album Soft Vengeance. Jimmy Lafave recorded the song on his 1992 live record Austin Skyline. The song has also been covered by jazz singer Cassandra Wilson on Belly of the Sun.

Soul Flower Union as 嵐からの隠れ家 (Arashi kara no Kakurega) covered the song on their 2002 studio albumLove ± Zero.

In 2006, English singer-songwriter Steve Adey reinterpreted the song, slowing it down to a funeral pace. Adey’s version made The Times top songs of 2006.[3]

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