"I'm Gonna Run" as written by and Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger....
I slit my wrists with my swing line
Copied myself five hundred times
I pierced my ears with a 3-hole punch
Ate twelve dozen donuts for lunch
But next week I'm a walk, next week I'm a walk:
And the week after that I'm gonna run.
I swam in an Olympic-size pool;
Had a picnic with a ventriloquist
Saw my brother coming up the hill:
He wrapped a beach towel round my wrist
So next week I'm a walk, next week I'm a walk:
And the week after that I'm gonna run.
I dumped Surel for an older man;
Now I'm doing it for Dante.
Gimme some of that nasty water,
I'll take it one sip at a time.
So next week I'm a walk, next week I'm a walk:
And the week after that I'm gonna run.
Next week I'm a walk:
And the week after that I'm gonna run
On one of those things:
It's something like a treadmill I think.
So next week I'm a walk, next week I'm a walk:
And the week after that I'm gonna run.


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"I'm Gonna Run" as written by Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger

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    General CommentI've read that a lot of what's in this song is stuff that Eleanor overheard at work while she had an office job. All the office-supply references toward the beginning make sense in that context. All of the other stuff could easily have been overheard, too. That makes it a pretty pointless and nonsensical song in a way, but it all knd of fits together and the sound of the words really fits the style of the song. Sometimes the best songs are the ones that don't really try to say something obvious, and I think that applies here.
    yowza_beanon February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. word.
    mod_like_madon March 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about wanting to quit work at an office job and how work generally drives the writer of this song insane, just look at the lyrics and how they incorporate repulsive habits with the use of office supplies.

    the chorus implies that the writer will take their two weeks notice and after that, leave their office job... the chorus also conveys the feeling of constrictedness, of having to "walk" like everyone else, and then they can finally "run" free after their two weeks is up.

    i love the fiery furnaces, they fucking rock.
    clarkthe2ndon August 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is not just about quitting an office job, but about a general desire to lead a more exciting life.
    jtexploderon August 27, 2006   Link

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