"Run" as written by and Stephen Fretwell....
Run, run like the wind
Don't wait for a thing
There is nothing here for you
But if you stay
Well then let me say
I'll go out of my way for you

It's not like before
I'll say no more
Everyone else has said it for me
A beautiful tree
A beautiful tree
It's a shame that the root of it's me

Sleep, sleep on the floor
A knock on the door
To tell me if you want some more
I can't relate
To what's on your plate
And my appetite never failed before

A beautiful tree
A beautiful tree
It's a shame that the root of it's me
A beautiful tree
A beautiful tree
It's a shame that the root of it's me

Tell me tomorrow
I'll wait by the window for you

Run, run like the wind
Don't wait for a thing
There is nothing here for you
But if you stay
Well then let me say
I'll go out of my way for you

It's not like before
I'll say no more
Everyone else has said it for me
A beautiful tree
A beautiful tree
It's a shame that the root of it's me

Tell me tomorrow I'll wait by the window for you
I'll wait by the big house for you
I'll wait by the squeezebox for you
I'll wait by your dresses for you


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"Run" as written by Stephen Fretwell

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    General CommentI LOVE the line "Beautiful tree, beautiful tree, it's a shame that the root of it's me".

    I think that this song is about being in a relationship where you know that the other person deserves more than you can give them, but you hope that they will stay anyway and you would do anything you could to make them happy ("There is nothing here for you, But if you stay, Well then let me say, I'll go out of my way for you" and "A knock on the door, To tell me if you want some more, I can't relate To what's on your plate" and "Tell me tomorrow, I'll wait by the window for you")


    What the hell is a squeeze box, though?
    somethingbiblicalon September 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is the epitome of pure love. So pure, and he is willing to let her go. If that's what will make her happy. He feels she is only staying for the sake of it.

    'Run, run like the wind
    Don't wait for a thing
    There is nothing here for you'

    Don't wait for a thing, suggests, she wants change, or is expecting something to happen, but he is saying, you've seen what I have to offer.. take it or leave it. Don't do me any favours by sticking around..

    'But if you stay, then let me say,
    I'll go out of my way for you'

    He lays his cards on the table. If she stays..he will honestly do his best to make her happy...

    'Its not like before, I'll say no more'

    It seems he's declared his love for her in the past. He doesnt need to say any more, and he wont push for her to stay with him. In fact, friends and family know he loves her too..'everyone else has said it for me'

    'Beautiful Tree' - is their relationship. It is alive and growing..
    However, it is a shame he is the root of it. He feels like he has to hold it together for it to work.

    The second part suggests that she has been on an off regarding intimacy. She sleeps on the floor, knocks on the door, wants some more.. where he speaks of his appetite never failing.. he is saying he has never said no to her. She is also going through something he cannot understand..

    But her leaves her with a promise. If she asks him to... he will wait for her.

    It would be hard for you to understand unless you have been in the situation ;) - he is saying, I love you, but I wont hold you back. I love you, so I will let you go. I love you and I will wait for you to figure out what you're going through. I'm here, waiting by the window... so powerful.
    musicalgenieon January 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's like the other person is the beautiful tree and in saying "it's a shame that the root of it's me" it's like "it's a shame that i'm holding you down"
    somethingbiblicalon September 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsomething biblical - a squeesebox is a "colloquial expression referring to any musical instrument of the general class of hand-held bellows-driven free reed aerophones. The term is so applied because such instruments are generally in the shape of a rectangular prism or box, and the bellows is operated by squeezing. Some consider squeezebox to be a derogatory term, although no concise English term exists to replace it." Thanks wikipedia...

    Another great song by Fretwell - I was at school with him (2 years behind) in the oh-so lovely town of Scunthorpe and it's good to see him doing well. Also we've shared ex-bandmates as I was in a band with his old keys player. Not that I like to point that out or anything....
    Whiskeykloneon December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that its about a person who thinks that they're holding someone back but still wants them to stay with them. I love this song its just soo beautiful.
    wolf cubon December 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I think it's what others have said: It's about how he knows he's not good enough for his girl or he's holding her back (roots holding the tree down). He obviously loves her, maybe enough to want her to leave.

    Another take: Maybe he's talking about a child that he wants to see succeed. The root of the tree can be interpreted as the foundation he laid for the child. He wants the kid to leave and find success, but he'll wait for him and her to visit again some day.
    cubbyblueson February 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, found it cause its the theme tune for 'gavin and stacey' (best program ever btw! hahaha)

    so lovely, i really love the last verse

    'Tell me tomorrow I'll wait by the window for you
    I'll wait by the big house for you
    I'll wait by the squeezebox for you
    I'll wait by your dresses for you'

    beautiful xx
    moo_cowon April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is more likely to be about his child than his partner, because he compares him/her to a tree which has grown, and "the root of it's me". So basically he knows he has not been a perfect parent, but he still cares and he'll "wait by the window".

    "I can't relate to what's on your plate". That's how the world has changed so much, and the young addressee of the song has done so much more things and is so much more a citizen of today's world than the writer. Also, "it's not like before". This suggests there is an element of how the world always changes between generations in the meaning. The title, "Run" adds to this idea.

    A fantastic song.
    MikeyMikey667on November 18, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe "Beautiful tree" is a representation of their love.
    It's grand, blooming as a beautiful tree should be.

    He's self depricating, that it's a "Shame that the root of it's me". Despite his faults, his love is that beautiful tree.

    "It's not like before, I'll say no more" is the limit to how much he's going to fight for her, if his "Beautiful tree" isn't enough, "Everyone has said it for me", he can't argue all the tongues wagging about how he's not good enough for her.
    Shallowyon January 07, 2013   Link

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