GIMME SHELTER

Live 21 Oct 1995 version


Ooh, a storm is threatening my very life today
If I don't get any shelter, good Lord, I'll fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away, yeah

Ooh, the fire is sweeping our street today
Burn like a red coal carpet, mad bull lost the way

War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away, yeah

Rape, murder, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
Rape, murder, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
Rape, murder, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away, yeah

Ooh, the storm is threatening my very life today
If I don't get me shelter, good Lord, I'll fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
Love, sisters, just a kiss away
Whoa let's taste this
Just a kiss away
Love, sisters, just a kiss away
Love, sisters, just a kiss away
Just a kiss away, just a kiss away, just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away
Just a kiss away, just a kiss away, just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away
Just a kiss away, just a kiss away, just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away


Info

GIMME SHELTER is a song originally released by The Rolling Stones in 1969. See the original The Rolling Stones version for more details.

Bruce Springsteen covered GIMME SHELTER once. See the "Live History" section below for more details. He also incorporated a snippet of the song into COVER ME during the Tunnel Of Love Express Tour. See the live 10 May 1988 version for an example.

Live 21 Oct 1995 version

The above lyrics are for the live 21 Oct 1995 version of GIMME SHELTER at Nick's Fat City in Pittsburgh, PA, during Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' October Assault Tour. Bruce Springsteen plays guitar and sings backup vocals on this song.

October Assault Tour

In October 1995, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers kicked off the release of their American Babylon album with a six-stop tour dubbed the "October Assault." Introduced as "honorary Houserocker of the week" on the first night, Bruce Springsteen joined the band for the majority of the set on all six dates, playing guitar and sharing vocals with Grushecky. At each show, Springsteen came out for American Babylon's WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR and remained on stage for the remainder of the set. The fourth date of the mini-tour (20 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) was broadcast on radio. Eight songs from the fourth date and two songs from the fifth date (21 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) were officially released.

Official Releases

This live 21 Oct 1995 version of GIMME SHELTER appears on one official release.

Joe Grushecky -- Labour Of Love
Joe Grushecky -- Labour Of Love

CD EP - Pinnacle (PLR007-3) - UK, 1996

This is one of two UK-only EP's that were released simultaneously. The pair contains a of total five live recordings from the 20 and 21 Oct 1995 October Assault Tour shows and one studio cut from American Babylon.

01- LABOR OF LOVE
02- TALKING TO THE KING [Live 20 Oct 1995 version]
03- GIMME SHELTER [Live 21 Oct 1995 version]

Live History

In preparation for the October Assault Tour, GIMME SHELTER was practiced during the tour's private rehearsal that took place on 16 Oct 1995 at The Stone Pony in Asbuy Park, NJ.

  1. 16 Oct 1995 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

GIMME SHELTER was performed once during the 6-date-long October Assault Tour with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers, on 21 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA. The live 21 Oct 1995 version was first officially released in 1996.

  1. 21 Oct 1995 at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA

Available Versions

List of available versions of GIMME SHELTER on this website:

GIMME SHELTER [Live 21 Oct 1995 version]
GIMME SHELTER [Original The Rolling Stones version]

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