"Runnin" as written by Emandu Imani Rashaan Wilcox, Romye Robinson, Trevant Jermaine Hardson and James Yancy....
Can't keep running away

I must admit on some occasions
I went out like a punk and a chump
Or a sucka or something to that effect
Respect I used to never get
Cause all I got was upset
When niggas used to be like
(What's, up fool!? Nigga what's up?)
And tried to sweat a nigga like the Lip
For no reason at all I can recall niggas throwin' Cs in my face
Down the hall I'm kicking it in the back of the school eating chicken at three
Wonderin' why is everybody always pickin' on me
I tried to talk and tell them, chill I did nothin' to deserve this
But when it didn't work I wasn't scared just real nervous and unprepared
To deal with scrappin' no doubt
My pappy never told me how to knock a nigga out
But now in '95 I must survive as a man on my own
Fuck around with Fatlip yes ya get blown
I'm not tryin' to show no macho is shown
But when it's on, if it's on, then it's on

Can't keep running away

One, two, so listen here
There comes a time in every man's life
When he's gotta handle shit up on his own
Can't depend on friends to help you in a squeeze
Please, they got problems of their own
Down for the count on seven chickenshits don't get to heaven
Til they faced these fears in these fear zones
Used to get jacked back in high school I played it cool
Just so some real shit won't get full blown bein' where I'm from
They let the smoke come quicker than an evil redneck
Could lynch a helpless colored figure and
As a victim I invented low-key
Till the keyhole itself got lower than me
So I stood up and let my free form form free
Said I'm gonna get some before they knockin' out me
I don't sweat it I let the bullshit blow in the breeze
In other words just debris

Can't keep running away

It's 1995
And now that I'm older, stress weighs on my shoulders
Heavy as boulders but I told y'all
Until the day that I die I still
Will be a soldier and that's all I told ya
And that's all I showed ya
And all this calamity is rippin' my sanity
Can it be that I am a celebrity
Who's on the brink of insanity
Now don't be wishin' of switchin' any positions with me
Cause when you in my position, it ain't never easy
To do any type of maintainin'
Cause all this gamin' and famin' from entertainin'
Is hella strainin' to the brain and
But I can't keep runnin' I just gotta keep keen and cunnin'

Can't keep running away


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"Runnin'" as written by Trevant Jermaine Hardson Trevant Hardson

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    General CommentI cannot believe no one has commented on this song yet! It's from the Pharcyde, one of the greatest alternative rap groups of all time, with incomparable production by the late Jay Dilla (RIP). This song has a lot of personal meaning for me since it seems to be about learning to be a man and stand up for yourself even when no one else will- the Pharcyde have such balls rapping about being bullied in school, I only wish more rappers could get over their thug posturing and tell the truth.

    "Fuck keeping it real, I'm keeping it me." -Redman
    BlackManta_77on April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAWESOME SONG!! Love Pharcyde. Great Lyrics. Positive Message. Groundbreaking Lyricism.
    convinceon January 06, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI listen to this song every morning before i start me day.

    "So I stood up and let my free form form free
    Said I'm gonna get some before they knockin' out me"
    ----I totally understand Fat Lip here. Life is nottin more then djungelife - you must kill before getting killed.

    "Can't depend on friends to help you in a squeeze, please
    They got problems of they own"
    ---- I feel more stronger if i only depend om myself...in that way you never have to get disapointed

    I feel this song is about accepting LIFE, and it hardship. Is means that you shouldnt run away from it of you will never experiance the good stuff either - everything is better then living in limbo.
    NorthenLightson January 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about having the courage to face what may come like a man. Words to live life by.
    P_Eon March 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDamn this has gotta be pharcydes illest song
    BeeBopon May 22, 2010   Link

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