In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
Rose Murphy Lyrics


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I'm up in the world,
but I'd give the world to be where I used to be,
A heavenly nest,
where I rest the best,
means more than the world to me.

It's only a shanty
in old Shanty Town
the roof is so slanty it touches the ground.
But my tumbled down shack by an old railroad track,
like a millionaire's mansion is calling me back.

I'd give up a palace if I were a king.
It's more than a palace, it's my everything.




There's a queen waiting there with a silvery crown
in a shanty in old Shanty Town.

Overall Meaning

The song "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town" by Rose Murphy is a bittersweet tune that expresses a longing for the simplicity of the past. The lyrics describe the singer's current situation as being "up in the world," but despite the success and luxury that surrounds her now, she would give it all up to return to her humble beginnings. She yearns for "a heavenly nest" and "my tumbled down shack by an old railroad track" which holds more value to her than any grand mansion or palace. This heartfelt sentiment is reinforced in the chorus when she says that there's a "queen waiting there with a silvery crown, in a shanty in old Shanty Town."


The contrast between the opulence of the present and the nostalgia for a simpler past is a common theme in many songs, but the specificity of the imagery used in this song is what sets it apart. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a humble dwelling in a rundown part of town, but one that holds a special place in the singer's heart. The use of the word "shanty" is also significant, as it conjures up images of poverty and struggle, but in this context, it represents something more meaningful than material wealth.


Overall, "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town" is a poignant reminder that sometimes the things we truly value in life can't be bought with money.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm up in the world,
I have achieved success and fortune.


but I'd give the world to be where I used to be,
However, I cherish the memories of my humble beginnings more than my current position in life.


A heavenly nest,
My former home was a paradise.


where I rest the best,
I feel most at home and at ease there.


means more than the world to me.
My previous dwelling holds more value to me than anything else in this world.


It's only a shanty
It may be considered a poor and rundown home.


in old Shanty Town
Located in a run-down neighborhood.


the roof is so slanty it touches the ground.
The roof is sagging and almost touching the ground which signifies its poor condition.


But my tumbled down shack by an old railroad track,
However, my old house in that rundown neighborhood holds a special place in my heart.


like a millionaire's mansion is calling me back.
I feel drawn to return to that former home as if it were a grand and luxurious mansion.


I'd give up a palace if I were a king.
Even if I were royalty, I would still choose my old home over a palace.


It's more than a palace, it's my everything.
The shanty in old Shanty Town holds more value and meaning to me than a palace ever could.


There's a queen waiting there with a silvery crown
There is someone special waiting for me at my old home.


in a shanty in old Shanty Town.
That person is waiting for me in the run-down neighborhood where I used to live.




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JACK LITTLE, IRA SCHUSTER, JOE YOUNG

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