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About: Running Away

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Ray Burns & the DeComposers - Running Away
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Lyrics

Running Away
Steve Thomas

Running away again
Can’t stand up and face it like a man
Running away again
Turned my back, without a word I ran
Running

(My mind says stay)
I’d like to stay
(My feet say go)
But I need to go
(I don’t know why)
It ain’t right
Like babe in the dark trying to reach the light

Running it's always in my ear
Something telling me to get the hell out of here
Running away once more
Always keep an eye out for the door
Running

(My mind says stay)
I’d like to stay
(My feet say go)
But I need to go
(I don’t know why)
It ain’t right
Like living in the dark in a city of light

(My mind says stay)
I’d like to stay
(My feet say go)
But I need to go
(I don’t know why)
It ain’t right
Like living in the dark in a city of light

Running, not sure from what
Pulling on me to bail that's what I got
Running, down a narrow ledge
Step by step on razor’s edge
Running

(My mind says stay)
I’d like to stay
(My feet say go)
But I need to go
(I don’t know why)
It ain’t right
Like babe in the dark trying to reach the light
Running away again
Away again

 

 

 

 

Steve Thomas wrote Running Away about the seemingly unusual and contradictory experience of both seeking the company of others and, at the same time, wanting to be anywhere else.  The experience was one that was puzzling since it never occurred around family or close friends, and, fortunately, not even at work.  Yet when confronted with strangers, or casual acquaintances, he could experience an intense desire to flee the scene. It is the kind of feeling that, if asked about, might be denied or shrugged off with an, “It’s nothing” or "I’m fine.”  But in reality, the feeling was anything but nothing or fine. It was aversive. It sucked. It seemed a weakness… something to be hidden since it was, for all he could tell, neither logical nor explainable. It seemed to be most apparent when called upon to do the easiest of things: like chit chat. Shouldn’t be hard, right? And yet, then and maybe even now, for Steve making small talk is one of the most uncomfortable things that he might be asked to do.

Imagine now, bringing this most personal of experiences to the DeComposers, and asking them to help make this into the work it is today. It was itself an exercise in trust to be able to do that and there were mixed feelings at having words picked apart and the phrasing “improved.” It is a challenge to write about such personal feelings and even more challenging to have others offer input,  even if it is “good input.” Songwriting at its best is a deeply personal experience and this work was completed among friends who do their best to listen. In the end Steve took the ideas and suggestions under advisement and re-wrote the lyrics so they would be authentic to his own experience.

Steve wrote this song while on his extended stay in Germany in 2010.  The Decomposer’s recorded it later in 2010 and it is among the early recordings made in the studio. Ray Burns sings lead on it and, as well, sings a high harmony against his lead vocal on another track.  Jeff’s lead guitar, as always, rocks.  Steve played acoustic guitar, wrote the repeating hook that you'll hear through out the song, and laid down the midi bass track.  Drums were again supplied by our trusty drum machine we affectionately call Kelly.  Chris, Ray and Steve sang the backup vocals.  Listen for the call and response in the chorus, a favorite part among the band.


Author: Steve Thomas
Vocals: Ray Burns
Back Up Vocals: Chris Rininger, Ray Burns, Steve Thomas
Electric lead and rhythm guitars: Jeffrey Powel
Acoustic Rhythm Guitar: Steve Thomas
Midi Bass: Jeffrey Powel
Midi Percussion: Steve Thomas and Jeffrey Powel




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