"Run Baby Run" as written by Shirley Ann Manson, Bryan David Vig, Douglas Elwin Erickson and Steve W Marker....
Love can be so strange
Don't it amaze you?
Every time you give yourself away
It comes back to haunt you

Love's an elusive charm and it can be painful
To understand this crazy world
But you're not gonna crack
No you're never gonna crack

Run my baby run my baby run
Run from the noise of the street and the loaded gun
To late for solutions to solve in the setting sun
So run my baby run my baby run

Life can be so cruel
Don't it astound you?
So when nothing seems too certain or safe
Let it burn through you

You can keep it pure on the inside
And you know what you believe to be right
So you're not gonna crack
No you're never gonna crack

Run my baby run my baby run
Run from the noise of the street and the loaded gun
To late for solutions to solve in the setting sun
So run my baby run my baby run

Find out who you are before you regret it
'Cause life is so short there's no time to waste it

So run my baby run my baby run
Run from the noise of the street and the loaded gun
To late for solutions to solve in the setting sun
So run my baby run my baby run


Lyrics submitted by glaistig, edited by terrysalt

"Run Baby Run" as written by Shirley Ann Manson Douglas Elwin Erickson

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  • +3
    General CommentShirley is telling someone about how cruel life can be, and it can get harder, but don't let it break you.

    "Everytime you give yousrself away, it comes back to haunt you."
    This means that once you let someone in or trust someone with something very important, they can backstab you and throw it all in your face. It makes you want to give up and break, but she's telling the audience to run, to not let it get the best of you.

    "When nothing seems certain or safe, let it burn through you."
    That's my favorite line from the song. It's saying to not be so cautious, take some chances and let go! If it's dangerous, don't think "what if this happens, what if that happens, something could go wrong".. she's saying to hell with it, go through with it anyway.
    nd_adamon January 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song's meaning is pretty obvious: When it gets too tough, just take what you learned - don't let it get you down - and just run away. It's kind of a cowardly way of life, but some people (like myself) just can't handle anymore pain, so they run. "Find out who you are before you are before you regret it because life is so short; there's no time to waste it" is basically Shirley's way of justifying the "running". She's basically saying, "Why sit around and put up with more pain when you could be moving on to find what you're looking for?". Beautiful song.
    simplycomplxon September 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me sad & happy at the same time everytime I hear it. Awesome song.
    =3333
    Bambooon January 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about teenage runaways
    mostwantedon February 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just got hooked on this song.
    i think i might have to go get their cd when it comes out tomorrow, if only for this song.
    blinxbcron April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song once and had it stuck in my head the rest of the day. Love it love it love it
    howmuchyoumean2meon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song's about trying to hold onto ideals that you have when you're younger despite facing despair.. "you can keep it pure on the inside, and you know what you believe to be right". parts of the song seem kind of sarcastic though, like it's impossible to be so pure. love it!
    muffinheadon July 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a mess. dont run away from love and the mess gets left in the wake of life. i reckon that although this song is saying run, it's only telling a story thru the eyes of someone who runs away from love and life and their problems but the middle 8 really is saying... dont run, you only have one life and tough as it is, we all go thru it and we all make it at the end of the day. so dont run run baby run run baby run. face up to things. we'd all be much happier xxxx
    call_it_a_dayon July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a mess. dont run away from love and the mess gets left in the wake of life. i reckon that although this song is saying run, it's only telling a story thru the eyes of someone who runs away from love and life and their problems but the middle 8 really is saying... dont run, you only have one life and tough as it is, we all go thru it and we all make it at the end of the day. so dont run run baby run run baby run. face up to things. we'd all be much happier xxxx
    call_it_a_dayon July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI listened to this song when I had a breakup and it clearly seems to be about that to me. It's definitely saying that don't let the hurt make you into a bitter person and to learn from the mistake instead of repeating it.
    calileeleeon February 19, 2007   Link

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