"Run Like Hell" as written by and Roger/gilmour Waters....
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run.
You better make your face up in
Your favorite disguise.
With your button down lips and your
Roller blind eyes.
With your empty smile
And your hungry heart.
Feel the bile rising from your guilty past.
With your nerves in tatters
When the conch shell shatters
And the hammers batter
Down your door.
You'd better run.

Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run,
Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, run.
You better run all day
And run all night.
Keep your dirty feelings
Deep inside.
And if you're taking your girlfriend
Out tonight
You'd better park the car
Well out of sight.
'Cause if they catch you in the back seat
Trying to pick her locks,
They're gonna send you back to mother
In a cardboard box.
You better run.

"Hey, open up!"
"Hammer, hammer"


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"Run Like Hell" as written by Roger/gilmour Waters

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  • +2
    General CommentJust another PF song about oppression.
    This song reminds me of 1984 where the guy had to sneak around just to have a girlfriend. Hide your feelings from Big Brother!
    DanVitaleRockson June 18, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm new to the "following" of Pink Floyd, and I'll never understand what they mean. (I don't think anyone can truly understand). I'm not even sure if I like their music. But what is important about a song, at least in an outward manner, is what it means to me, and this was my initial interpretation, however wrong and untrue as it may be.
    I thought it was about government in general- "mother" is a metaphor for the often overly controlling framework of a government that seeks salvation in the controlling of its citizens- in this case depriving them of solidarity and its authorities "send you back to momma in a cardboard box" if you aren't a good citizen, or at least look like one, hence "make your face up in your favorite disguise."
    But then again, it is far deeper and there are more sides- things I don't know.
    Once again, I'm new- plus, check out my username.
    Stupydon February 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok...simple. watch the wall the song's about pink's crazy fascist regime going around town and just screwing with minorities...breaking down their shops, raping their girlfriends, killing them. its alot like nazis because its fascism...why the whole fascist part in the wall? well they actually talk about it in the wall documentary, saying its more of a joke than anything but it shows what power can do to a person. but i can see how they are trying to show the relationship between the crowd's loyalty for the band at a show, and the people's loyalty in fascism. but then again more of a joke...plus it was the best part of the movie.
    kornchild60on July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTheir producer or manager or somebody wanted them to jump on the disco band-wagon, probably to sell more records. They made this song as sort of a joke.

    Looking at the sales of Darsk Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. I don't think they needed to change their music one bit to sell records. Probably the best selling band of all time, at least in the top 5.
    Muzzyon March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCraigus I just think you are trying to sound cool and hip, now go home and put on "The Wall" and listen to it like you probably do every night.

    I don't think it's one of the best selling albums in history because it 'sounded like shit'
    Muzzyon April 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat in your previous posts was meant to be sarcastic? Are you being sarcastic now?

    Don't call me a moron, if you're going to be sarcastic, especially over the internet you have to find some way of letting people know you are being sarcastic. Other wise it's not going to be taken in a sarcastic manner and people are just going to flame you. Obviously IMJM didn't see your sarcasm either.
    Muzzyon April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI gave my reasons why I did not like this album is that not enough? You were quick to patronise me before I even said anything to you. I don't like the wall but I love run like hell if you read my previous post correctly you would know this little nugget of information. I do however apologise for calling you a moron that was a little harsh and indeed even in a joking way a little out of order.

    Now seriously I am yet to find anyone who has said what this song is about it's a simple concept yes but it has meaning so please do elaborate my friend enlighten us with your benevolent wisdom and never ending spiel of knowledge
    craiguson April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm sorry I don't understand, you said you were being sarcastic now you're saying you really don't like the wall.

    Hrm anyways, you're right no one is talking about the meaning of the song.

    I'm guessing maybe it's about how the Nazi's went through towns looking for Jews and other races. In the movie this song is played, it show's 'Pink' ravaging through a village with some racist skin-heads, symbolic of Nazis I would guess.
    Muzzyon April 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like your thinking..........
    Could it be about racists and fascists? Could it be using the nazis as a metaphor/example of totalitarianism like in 1984 say?

    Ah as for the sarcasm thing I was been sarcastic about how good it was cus it isn't but at the end of the day that is my opinion so not everyone need subscribe. I recently saw the flaming lips cover a Floyd song exactly as it was played on The Piper At The Gates Of The Dawn LP. It was incredible and my fave Floyd song - Lucifer Sam

    I guess for me there are four Floyd’s

    The first been Syd's experimental/improv/psych/avant garde 60's Floyd. Secondly you have post Syd which was where they really pushed some boundaries even further - like Meddle, Obscured by clouds, wish you were hear, Dark Side Of The moon.

    Then you have the pretty dire Floyd which was where Roger took over big time this was around about the time of The Wall where Rick left and then the follow up - The Final Cut - well that just plain sucked.

    The final incarnation of Floyd is the 90's reunion where Rick, Gilmore and Nick all decided to go on. This Floyd is pretty impressive but doesn't cus it next to things like Dark Side, Meddle and the debut incarnation.

    Like I say though that is Floyd for me, my fave era been Syd's {60's} you have to admit the impact he had on Floyd as a whole never went away. On Floyd’s last record there are still signs of songs about Syd and the music is still echoes of what Syd began in the 60's before he lost his mind and way
    craiguson April 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song has a definite reference to Nazi Germany. In the movie, during Comfortably Numb, Pink has a transformation in a hotel room from rock star to power-crazed fascist dictator. The doctor gives him a shot, presumably heroin, and on the way to the concert, he is seen ripping off a shell of skin. When he rips off the final piece, he is wearing a black military uniform and a stern look on his face.

    In the Flesh then brings the story to a climax, with Pink's statement of who he is (Pink's not well, he's at the hotel, they sent us as a surrogate band...are there any queers in the audience? Put 'em up against the wall!)

    Run Like Hell is just like In the Flesh, except on a larger scale. The movie makes a Kristalnacht reference, with people running and being knocked down and beaten.
    donquixote1987on April 27, 2003   Link

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