"The Runner" as written by and Jared/followill Followill....
Hard times as we go
We know what times will change
I talked to Jesus
Jesus says I'm okay

Pushin' and jumpin'
Jumpin' the mountain range
And in a railroad
Railroad from Hell to Maine

While she says she's on her own
I'll be pacin' on the phone
Sneakin' on the train come back

Awful sick and tired of the gang
She comes from nothing
Hopin' for a taste of fame
She's got a birthmark
A birthmark the shape of Maine

While she says she's on her own
I'll be pacin' on the phone
Sneakin' on the train come back

Awful sick and tired of the gang
And it's cold and it's cold and it's cold when you're near
Cold when you're near any bottle
Cold and it's cold and it's cold when you're near
Cold when you're near any bottle

Hard times as we go
We know where times will change
I talk to Jesus
Jesus everyday

(Hard times as we go)


Lyrics submitted by Razorlight16, edited by NexusA, twistedlogic317

"The Runner" as written by Jared Followill Caleb Followill

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  • +3
    General CommentIt may be that he's sick of the road & the 'rock n roll' life style,
    he's feeling down and insicure about his woman he left at home.
    And when he feels like this, being the son of a preacher, he prayers.
    PeachPearPlumon September 30, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about the girl who cheated on Caleb with one of the other members in the band.

    "Why does she say she’s on her own
    I’ll be pacin on the phone
    Taking numbers, taken blame"

    He's calling her and she's telling him she's by herself and he knows she's not.

    "Awful sick and tired of the game
    She comes from nothing
    Hopin for a taste of fame
    She’s got a birthmark
    A birthmark the shape of Maine"

    He's tired of girls who try to get intimate with him for no other reason than just for a taste of the good life. And then he's calling her out by describing her birthmark.

    "Awful sick and tired of the game
    And it’s cold and it’s cold and it’s cold and it’s cold when you’re near
    Cold when you’re nearing the bottle

    Our time as we go
    We know our times will change
    I'll talk to Jesus
    Jesus everyday"

    It's no secret that the Kings love to drink and Caleb is saying it's worse because he needs to drink to calm himself and get over the girl. To help himself more he'll just pray.
    rockydarlingon November 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love people who think they know the real meaning of the song.
    jazzyboopson January 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFirstly, I would like to say how wrong those lyrics are.

    Secondly, I think that this song is about a girl who runs away from home (hence the title, The Runner).
    "Pushing and jumping
    Jumping the mountain range
    Burning up railroad
    Railroad from hell to Maine"
    She's traveling trying to get away from where she is now (hell), to somewhere better (Maine).

    "While she says she's on her own
    I'll be pacing on the phone
    Taking numbers taken blame
    Awful sick and tired of the game."
    Someone is worried, trying to get her to come back. But they're also tired of her running away (this probably isn't the first time she's tried).

    "She comes from nothing
    Hoping for a trace of fame.
    She's got a birthmark
    Birthmark the shape of Maine."
    This girl feels that Maine is where she belongs, where she'll find herself, possibly.

    The lines about Jesus, I think that is the narrator's part. "Jesus says that I'm okay." He's fine with himself, and it doesn't matter where he is, because he's got Jesus.

    And then, "Our time as we go, we know our time's will change", that kinda reinforces that point, saying that things will change no matter what.

    I hope this makes sense.
    twistedlogic317on December 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe no one has commented on this song! I love this one, i think its my favorite off their new album which is amazing! This songs almost like a lullaby and I love the chorus. As for the meaning I'm guessing its about times when Caleb's feeling down he asks Jesus for answers, although I don't know, KoL making a Christain song doesn't seem right, still beautiful song, best one off new album (one of them at least)
    Fivestarmotelon April 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe no one has commented on this song! I love this one, i think its my favorite off their new album which is amazing! This songs almost like a lullaby and I love the chorus. As for the meaning I'm guessing its about times when Caleb's feeling down he asks Jesus for answers, although I don't know, KoL making a Christain song doesn't seem right, still beautiful song, best one off new album (one of them at least)
    Fivestarmotelon April 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, the brothers' father is a preacher, named Leon. It wouldn't be that far off for them to maybe write a Christain song.
    zxcvbnmlkjhon April 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really don't think this is any lullaby. If you read the lyrics he's talking about being away from his woman and not trusting her. Then she cries "it's cold when you're near any bottle" as in, he beats her. She talks to Jesus hoping for salvation from this prick.
    voltafan101on April 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"it's cold when you're near any bottle" as in drinking leads to problems/depression
    noone1111111111111111111on May 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe correct lyrics are


    Our time as we go
    we know our times will change
    i talk to jesus
    jesus he says i'm OK

    pushing and jumping
    jumping the mountain range
    burning up railroad
    railroad from hell to maine

    why does she say she's on her own
    ill be pacing on the phone
    taking numbers taken blame
    awful sick and tired of the game

    she comes from nothing
    hopeing for a trace of fame
    she's got a birhtmark
    birthmark the shape of maine

    and it's cold
    and it's cold
    and it's cold when your near
    it's cold when your nearing the bottom

    our time as we go
    we know our times will change
    i'll talk to jesus
    jesus everyday

    thats whats writn in the album booklet thingy
    x
    beautiful song, love his voice
    Mcfearlesson May 22, 2007   Link

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