You better run, you better run and run and run
You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

When you stand before the Father
In a state of shame
Because your robes are covered in mud
While your kneel at the feet
Of a woman of the street
The gutters will run with blood
They will run with blood!

You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

In the days of madness
My brother, my sister
When you're dragged toward the Hell-mouth
You will beg at the end
But there ain't gonna be one, friend
For the grave will spew you out
It will spew you out!

You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

You'll be working in the darkness
Against your fellow man
And you'll find you're called to come forth
So you'll scrub and you'll scrub
But the trouble is, bud
The blood it won't wash off
No, it won't come off!

You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

You better run, you better run
You better run and run and run
You better run to the City of Refuge

When you stand before the Father
In a state of shame
Because your robes are covered in a mud
When your kneel at the feet
Of [Incomprehensible] of the street
The gutters will run with blood
They will run with blood

You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge

You better run, you better run
You better run to the City of Refuge
You better run, you better run
You better run

Run, and run, and run, and run


Lyrics submitted by Dressed2Depress, edited by Shambhala

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    General CommentOne of Nick cave's more rockier songs, very catchy. The imagery evokes the idea of trying to wash the metaphorical blood off of your hands when judgement day unfolds. Thats what I get out of it anyway.
    Dressed2Depresson June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is an old Blind Willie Johnson song...great stuff!
    ThePersianRoseon February 05, 2008   Link

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