Shell Game

Jerry Jeff Walker

How many times in the lonely night
Someone you'd like to know passed you by
With heartfelt words a chance to speak
But two ladies down the street

Cast off that shell
Don't resist the unknown
Your understandin' is open-handed
Hold it closed and you're alone

Shame ourselves with petty games
Bill folds swells with tight remains
To find a road that leads someplace
When we fasten it everyday

Cast off that shell……

To stand naked for the sun
Well that's the ends of everyone
To be old is to be free
To enclosed as a channel be

Cast off that shell……

So don't you wait until you're stranded
Ask somebody to throw a hand in
Just a ditty in 3/4 patterns
Shackle games in high form matter

Cast off that shell……