It was a beautiful day, the sun beat down
I had the radio on, I was drivin'
trees flew by, me and Del were singin' little Runaway
I was flyin'

Yeah runnin' down a dream
that never would come to me
workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads
runnin' down a dream

I felt so good like anything was possible
I hit cruise control and rubbed my eyes
the last three days the rain was un-stoppable
it was always cold, no sunshine

(Repeat Chorus)

I rolled on as the sky grew dark
I put the pedal down to make some time
there's something good waitin' down this road
I'm pickin' up whatever's mine

(Chorus Out)

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  • +2
    General CommentYou people are pitiful You must not have any spititual substance in you. The drugs have kept you off course.

    The "Mystery of Life" or the "Special Connection" he feels but can't quite figure out. "come to me"

    Life is that roadtrip....

    ANd he knows there is comething good "down the line" especially for him. He has faith in the process.

    ANd they were singing Runaway... probably from all the BS in the world.....
    Soloon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow dare you call TOM PETTY a fool!! He is one of the greatest rock legends in the entire course of history. And what is wrong with being on drugs? They're fun and help to create the best lyrics.
    Fanko311on March 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOf course he was on drugs when he made this song, it's Tom Petty!

    A catchy song that just never gets old. A classic by every sense of the word.
    phantompenguinon October 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea but the song still rocks
    mixmastrmatton August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is just a great song for gettin in a car and drivin wherever the road takes u...just roll down the windows, crank some music, and get completely lost. great guitar solo by campbell at the end.
    shed27on June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe part "me and Del were singin' little Runaway" is a reference to Del Shannon. Tom Petty and him were friends before Del died.
    Reginaon June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song. Nuff said
    Given To Flyon December 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the different stages of a journey through life in the context of a road trip. The first verse is happy, it's nice outside and they are singing along to the radio. The second verse is a little darker. It is raining, and he has to rub his eyes to keep his concentration. In the third verse, he puts the pedal down to speed up and can see the goal ahead. The entire song he is pushing toward the dream or destination of a road trip.
    EATaPEACHon December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm def. with EATaPEACH on the reference to the life journey, but along with many other petty songs, i think there are also some references to grass. I think this song follows the process of smokin verse by verse. In the first verse, the sun beating down could be a reference to pot, like sunshine. and he also says i was flying, or high. Second verse, he talks about some side effects like rubbing his eyes, and he says its always cold, like when your body temp. decreases when smoking pot. Im really not sure about this, but sometimes pot can be reffered to as a rainy day woman, which may tie into him saying the rain was unstoppable. In the third verse he says the sky grew dark which =no sunshine, so the pots wore off some. And maybe the last couple of lines could be him going to get his fix
    stevezissouon December 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThough the video looks like something you'd see on drugs, I don't think this song was written while Tom was high--it's too well-written. If you want some music written while the writer was on something, check out Bike by Pink Floyd. As for this song, I'm behind EatAPeach. It's about a guy on the "road" of life. Maybe there are some drug references, but it doesn't sound like something a person would write if they were blazed.
    Stone Freeon February 23, 2006   Link

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