"Runaway Train" as written by Thomas Allan Flowers, Douglas James Eldridge and Richard C. Ivanisevich....
It's a corner that you turn
It's a lesson that you learn in time
It's a worry that you feel
Another scar that you conceal from sight

Have I been away too long
For me to say?
Have I been away too long
For things to change?

From a runaway train
Caught beneath the wheels
Of a runaway train

Every moment of the day
I feel it crumbling away, if I
I only have myself to blame
For all the cracks within the frame that I find

Have I been away too long
For me to say?
Have I been away too long
For things to change?

From a runaway train
Caught beneath the wheels
Of a runaway train

Now I know how it feels
To be a runaway
To be a runaway, hey yeah
To be a runaway, yeah


Lyrics submitted by Jillian04

"Runaway Train" as written by Richard C. Ivanisevich Douglas James Eldridge

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentThe music of this song says alot about its theme, as well. The theme behind this song is how the consequences of your inactions or choices, however small they may seem at first, can build up, more and more and more until they overwhelm and overtake you and your life.

    The song starts out with a simple guitar playing a few chords, seemingly quiet and innocent. Then throughout the song, the music builds up and builds up, louder and louder; much like how a tidal wave starts out tiny and builds to an overwhelming destructive monster. That one time you didn't talk to your lonely friend (and he ends up committing suicide), or you decided to try drugs just once (and you end up spiraling down into a deep and painful addiction), or you miss class once (and end up doing it habitually, destroying your college career)? These kind of moments are what Oleander's "Runaway Train" are all about - how these seemingly tiny and innoculous choices you make can set off a tidal wave that will slowly but surely overwhelm you and your life, leaving you wondering where you went wrong and how you can ever go back.

    Just listen to the song - not the lyrics, just the music. Quiet and unassuming at first, and it ends up becoming a loud, wailing monster towards the end. I'm surprised there haven't been more comments on this song.
    jimboa18on June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. You can very well hear the sympathy with the kids who go and make big, unchangable mistakes.
    Murphy McManuson January 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentactually i think this song has its meaning better found in the movie its in. its more about how sometimes you are being so beat up and abused u want it to change drastically but once u see some of the changes you will want it back but then try and change again hopefully for better if possible
    football54on January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a magnificent song.

    Couldn't fit another word with it. I love jimboa18's comment. Especially the end where he writes about how the music sets up the whole mood in the song. It is very true.

    The song itself almost made me cry the first time I heard it. It's very emotionally heavy. You can feel it.

    It's an amazing song. :3
    LongtimeSunshineon September 03, 2006   Link

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