"Runaway" as written by James Todd Smith, Ashanti S. Douglas, Sharif Emil Slater, Jean Claude Olivier, Jaramye Jael Daniels, Akil King, James Brown and Lynne Collins....
On the street where you live girls talk about their social lives
They're made of lipstick, plastic and paint
A touch of sable in their eyes

All your life all you asked
When is your Daddy gonna talk to you
But we're living in another world
Tryin' to get your message through

No one heard a single word you said
They should have seen it in your eyes
What was going around your head

Oh, she's a little runaway
Daddy's girl learned fast
All those things he couldn't say
Ooh, she's a little runaway

A different line every night
Guaranteed to blow your mind
See you out on the streets
Call me for a wild time
So you sit home alone
'Cause there's nothing left that you can do
There's only pictures hung in the shadows
Left there to look at you

You know she likes the lights
At night on the neon Broadway signs
And she don't really mind
Its only love she hoped to find

Oh, she's a little runaway
Daddy's girl learned fast
All those things he couldn't say
Ooh, she's a little runaway

No one heard a single word you said
They should have seen it in your eyes
What was going on your head

Oh, she's a little runaway
Daddy's girl learned fast
All those things he couldn't say
Ooh, she's a little runaway


Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21

"Runaway" as written by Jon Bon Jovi George Karakoglou

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +2
    General Commentthis is really a good song...and i dont think its about prostition...i think its about a girl that, yes lived a spoiled life, but daddy didnt give her time...so she picked a diff kind of life...a fast paced life....men, the streets (NOT PROSTITUTION), partying and looking for a man to love her (the kind that her father didnt give her), not just use her...and looking back on it all, she "THINKS" her daddy should have just known that-- "they should have seen it in your eyes"......i could be wrong, but thats just my thought....
    nuttiet74on November 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs that what this song is about? I've often wondered exactly what this was about for sure. Bon Jovi is my favorite!! but idk what every single song means. anyway, this song has a great beat and its fun to rock out to
    JessieLynnon April 25, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about the lack of communication between father and daughter. The daughter runs away and is caught up in all sorts of shit simply looking for the love her father wouldn't give her.
    And yeah the song rocks
    antmannon June 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy guess is it's about prostitution. "lipstick, plastic and paint" suggests this. Then "Daddy's girl learned fast All those things he couldn't say ". He couldn't say he loved her and she learned "love" from an early age. The rest of the song implies prostitution except for "So you sit home alone
    Cause there's nothing left that you can do
    There's only pictures hung in the shadows
    Left there to look at you" which would be about the father.
    Regos the Saneon April 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song talks about a girl (obviously), whos father never listened to her and never paid enough attention to her. "Daddy's girl learned fast
    All those things he couldn't say" means that because the way her father was, he could never tell her that he loved her. He probably lied to her alot, and that the parents should have noticed that she was tryin to tell them. but they wouldnt listen. So she felt that she had to runaway from everything, and she thought that was only way she could get back at them.This song Rocks, its one of my favorites from Bon Jovi.
    SkAtEr-101on February 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThink it's pretty telling, that the chorus changes at the end of this song, (listen, and you'll see what I mean). By the end, the lyrics are: "Daddy's girl learned fast, now, she works the night away"
    So, I definately always thought that it was about prostitution.
    lunaburningon April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti see it every day, the stereotypical suburban girl who's parents buy her love with cash but don't pay enough attention to her. Eventually she's out sleeping with the football team and snorting coke on mommy and daddy's tab.
    mnemosyneon April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song, it is one of the best of bon jovi's enormous amoount of excellent songs, the slow live version is just as good as the original version if not better as it adds more meaning to the song.
    didgeon April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFRIGGIN AWSOME SONG!! The first time I heard it I was Rockin out it was friggin awsome gotta love this song

    -Forrest-
    Olexon December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti totally LOVE this song!! bon jovis's first ever hit... totally awesome..
    idgraon March 09, 2006   Link

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