"Running Town" as written by Robert James Smith, Steven Severin, Budgie, and Sioux,....
Just a step onto the street
An uncomfortable heat
Rattlers at your feet
In running town
Helter skelter all a-swelter
The impetus is seething
In running town
A thousand curses
Full speed ahead

Lockjaw aggression
And buzzing imitations
Deride the friendly martian
In running town

Helter skelter all a-swelter
The impetus is seething
In running town
A thousand curses
Full speed ahead

If you gaze into her face
She'll come back and drown
All refugees in the sea
Of running town

A thousand curses
Full speed ahead

Laughter rebounds and strangles
That sound in running town


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"Running Town" as written by Steven Severin Robert James Smith

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    My InterpretationI think that this song is about city life. Everyone is always in a hurry and they don't appear social or happy because they are too busy working or trying to get home. It's an uncomfortable situation and I think this song also highlights the agression of city life, where no one dares to look at one another for fear they might be attacked or abused in some way.
    JJKelsallon September 22, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningSIOUXSIE: "I wrote the song 'Running Town' about Sydney, a city I truly hate. Everyone is in a hurry and walks around grinding their teeth. Instead of making a 'I hate Australia' statement I tried to make it more general so that it can be applied by anyone to their hometown in the same way that when reading a book you can often apply it to your own situation. It's important to be allowed to use your imagination. In that respect it's a pity that reading books is not a more popular pastime." Source: Dutch Interview 1984.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link

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