Shake It Off

Story Behind The Song

I wrote this song at a low point in my life. Had lost my gig and had to move back in with my parents and was feeling pretty low. It seemed everyone around me was doing well and was looking at me like, "What's your problem? Why can't you get it together."

Song Description

The song starts out with me setting out to bury my worries and frustrations with varying substances. I'm feeling sorry for myself and looking at everyone around me like they've got it all together and that I'm pretty much a failure. I'm feeling like everybody is looking down at me. The chorus, though, turns it all around by stating that I'm not gonna dwell on any of that stuff and that I'm just gonna shake it off.

Song Length 3:22 Genre R & B - Soul, Blues - Gospel
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Restless, Tense Subject Life, Frustration
Similar Artists Aretha Franklin, Susan Tedeshi Language English


Shake It Off

Well I made my way across the street to the supermarket store
To buy several bottles of wine
I'm gonna chase 'em down with a cigar-sized doobie and slip into a haze
And leave all my worries behind
In my addle pated state I think everyone I know is so together
The job, the kids, the house, the life
I don't have a place to call my own, just a place to lay my head
My slacker ways a source of strife

Always treated like a bimbo
My life in constant limbo
My tears could overflow a ginormous lake
This situation stinks
I'm a loser. You're a jinx.
Baby, let me tell you what a pair we make.

But I'm not gonna take it
And I'm just gonna shake it.
I'm gonna shake it....shake it off!

I should have been a lawyer or become an engineer
Anything but this manic musician
Most of the time, my head is parked way up inside the clouds
Leaving no room for everyday intuition

People drive me crazy
I know they think I'm lazy
Makin' snide comments 'bout how late I sleep
I see the condescension
In their eyes when they mention
How the good things in their life are a giant heap.


Lyrics Jennifer Perryman Music Jennifer Perryman and John Anthony Martinez
Producer Jennifer Perryman and James David Barnett Publisher Guinever Publishing
Performance Jennifer Perryman Label Tembre Entertainment, Inc.

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