"Can't Run But" as written by and Paul Simon....
I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but
I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but

A cooling system
Burns out the Ukraine
Trees and umbrellas
Protect us from the new rain
Armies of engineers
To analyze the soil
The food we contemplate
The water that we boil

I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but
I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but
Oo-we Oo-we

I had a dream about us
In the bottles and the bones of the night
I felt a pain in my shoulder blade
Like a pencil point? A love bite?
A couple was rubbing against us
Rubbing and doing that new dance
The man was wearing a jacket and jeans
The woman was laughing in advance

I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but
I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but

A winding river
Gets wound around a heart. Pull it

Tighter and tighter
Until the muddy waters part
Down by the river bank
A blues band arrives
The music suffers
The music business thrives

I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but
I can't run but
I can walk much faster than this
Can't run but
Oo-we Oo-we


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"Can't Run But" as written by Paul Simon

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    General CommentThe song is about how society tries to run towards what is thought to be progress, but we lose our humanity in some sense. "The food we contemplate", "The woman was laughing in advance", "The music suffers" are all pieces of poerty about losing our humanity... This is an amazing song.
    vaineron May 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese posts are proving noone knows about paul simons most concept album that proved to be his best.
    JK22on June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthank you JK22. Even if this is nothing more than PS proving his intelligence, it still outguns Graceland and almost anything else in popular music.
    ShineYouDiamondon November 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya this song hits you... I absolutely love the way he sings, "The music suffers, baby The music business thrives" ... is tihs whole album this good? I only heard this off of his anthology (along with Thelma) and love those two songs
    steveodoreon July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in '86 in the Soviet Union
    baadbloodon April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentooooh this is one of my favourites. there's that chromatic run on, i dont know what it is, something like a xylophone? that's the best!
    although, i confess im very confused about what it all means.
    luey_babyon September 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my least favorite song on this album. I can't deny the lyrics are well-crafted, but the tune seems so...annoying to me. Don't get me wrong, I'm one of his biggest fans of all time, but this one bugs.
    snugbug79on January 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a song about the fact we could all do better for humanity - we don't have to be geniuses but we could do better. I think the first verse is relating to the environment - the 'new rain' meaning acid rain caused by sulphur dioxide from the burning of oil (hence the Ukraine). Maybe the second verse is to do with society becoming less discrete and more brash regarding sex in society. Third verse could be the constant squeeze of capitalism in the name of efficiency, meaning the arts and the soul suffer.

    Absolutely cracking song whatever you make of it.
    MJT81on August 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not perfect, but I can do better. I mean, can't I?

    Can I?

    -Pie
    EatingPieon September 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with another commenter that life is so fucked up in that people are losing their humanity. Whereas one gives another takes. Whereas one suffers another enjoys what the other is suffering of. So fucked up the way give and take is not in balance .Paul Simon is freaking lyrical genius.
    GrungyBeatleon October 24, 2014   Link

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