"You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's Son" as written by and Hadji Bakara Dan Boeckner....
I got a number on me
I got a number
Won't make it through the high noon sun
Well I am my father's son
And I am my father's son
His bed is made

And I was a hero
Early in the morning
I ain't no hero
In the night-
I am my father's son

And I'll build a house inside of you
I'll go in through the mouth
I'll draw three figures on your heart
One of them will be me as a boy
One of them will be me
One of them will be me watching you run
Watching you run
Into the high noon sun
Watching you run
Farther than guns will go
You are a runner
With a stolen voice
And you are a runner
And I am my father's son

I am my father's son
I am my father's son


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"You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son" as written by Hadji Bakara Dan Boeckner

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    General CommentI think this song is about the singer having his fate already in place because of his father. Maybe figuring he is going to follow his father's footsteps down whatever path that may be. Something probably dark.

    While the runner is a person who is going to go far in life. Maybe a friend or someone he loves. Regardless, he figures this person will be going places in life and that he will merely be watching them while he stays behind.

    Just my theory. Awesome song, just as it is an awesome album.
    brandnewownsyouxon January 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about waking up and realizing you had a one night stand and got someone pregnant. the lyrics remind me of lounge by modest mouse "he had a number written on his forearm, it spelled disaster"
    mcscumbagon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems really self-explanatory. The person in it is seeing other people trying to break away from their parents while he just takes what he has and stays with his father. He's not trying to change anything, and it's for the better. He sees that when other people are running away, they aren't really going anywhere and he learns from their mistakes..
    octoberiston January 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, I change my mind. It's probably him looking back on his past trying to break away. He sees himself being wrong then, but he sees himself still wrong now.

    ???
    octoberiston January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is pretty much talking about a father running out on his family (his son). It's quite cut and dry to me. Anybody else?
    dbtheathenon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree. I think it's just about a father leaving the family. Possibly later on in his life. He says he was a hero early in the morning, meaning maybe his father was proud of him or they were closer when he was a child, but he isn't a hero in the night, meaning later in life he and his father drifted apart somehow. Pretty kicking rad song.
    Relapseron January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe question for me is: who is he addressing in the song? When he says "I'll buiid a house inside of you" - is this the father? If it is the father, then yes, I'd agree with dbtheathen abou the father leaving the family - it would be obvious there.

    The "you" he builds a house in is also obviously the "runner" in the title. Intially I thought there might be a third party here - someone else he is talking to, but now that I think it over it appears to be a dialogue just between he and his father.
    JmoneyNJon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentawesome killing juliet, thanks for your input. I changed my mind anyway after listening to this song a lot more. I agree with dbtheathen
    mcscumbagon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentawesome killing juliet, thanks for your input. I changed my mind anyway after listening to this song a lot more. I agree with dbtheathen
    mcscumbagon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about the Athens Olympic marathon. Man, was I way out!
    Dick Realon February 07, 2006   Link

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