"Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" as written by Thomas Callaway, Brian Joseph Burton and Keith Mansfield....
Yeah, it's still the same
Can't you feel the pain
When the needle hits the vein
Ain't nothing like the real thing
I've seen it once before
And oh, it's something else
Good god

Cool breeze come on in
Sunshine come on down
These are
The tear drops of the clown
Circus is coming to town
All I'm saying is sometimes
I'm more scared of myself
You better
Move
I said
Move

[Chorus]
Runaway
Runaway
Run children
Run for your life
Runaway
Runaway
Run children
Here it comes
I said run
Alright

Yeah I'm on the run
See where I'm coming from
When you see me coming run
Before you see
What I'm running from
No time for question
Asking time is passing by
Alright

You can't win child
We've all tried to

You've been lied to
It's all ready inside you
Either you run right now
Or you best
Get ready to die
You better
Move
I said
Move

[Chorus]
Runaway
Runaway
Run children
Run for your life
Runaway
Runaway
Run children
Ooh
Here it comes
I said run

Hurry little children
Run this way
I have got a beast at bay
La, la, la
La, la, la, la
La, la, la
La, la, la
La, la, la, la
La, la, la,
La, la
La, la, la
La, la

[Chorus]
Runaway
Runaway
Run children
Run for your life
Runaway
Runaway
Run children
Here it comes
Said run


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"Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" as written by Thomas Callaway Brian Burton

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  • +4
    General CommentLOL , ok kids....ONCE AGAIN, he's not talking about drugs or pedophilia, he's talking about running from your SELF. when he says "you can't win child, we've all tried to, you've been lied to, it's already inside you" , he's saying all the things that you've been taught to do to "win" in life: chase money, success, religious salvation etc. are all leading you to a dead end. they bring you temporary happiness and can't substitute for REAL contentment/happiness which is abiding in 'yourself'. this is where the line "either you run right now or you best get ready to die" comes in. here he's saying if you dont KEEP running away from yourself and continue to take refuge in your false sense of identity, ie - name, career, skin color, ethnicity, social standing, educational backround, likes/dislikes, religious beliefs etc etc, you're going to realize that everything that you took 'yourself' to be up til that point is nothing more than your own mental projection, and who you thought you were is going to "die". he's pretty much poking fun at the inability of people to stop and realize that all this running theyre doing isnt getting them anywhere, and he's urging everybody to continue to flee from themselves because the truth of who/what you are is going to be disasterous to "you". i said good day sir !
    creamx23on August 02, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is a combination of what Wes Gil has said about music and what everyone else is saying about drugs. Almost as if his music is a drug. The biggest drug reference in the song, "when the needle hits the vein" can also be interpreted as a musical reference. Now I know that most of you people on here are post-vinyl but when "needles" hit the groves/"veins" on a record the music plays. Nothing like the real thing.

    Also, I think when the songs says "you can't win child/We've all tried too/you've been lied to/it's already inside you" could be a reference to music and how powerful it is. Sometimes when you hear a certain song you can't help but sing it or dance to it. It may just happen to be so catchy that it grabs you from the inside and forces you to act a certain way. Possibly a reference back to this very song.

    One more thing: he may not mean Run in a literal sense of the word. If the song is in fact talking about music as a drug, then he is possibly just telling you to dance. Get up and "Move".
    lestat86on March 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt sounds like chaotic musical panic.....brilliant!

    I just heard this song two days ago and it renewed my faith in today's music. I thought all new music coming out was crap but this song hit me like a title wave!

    I had no time to run!!
    Phadedjadedon April 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is boss to the max.
    ikefoxon February 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti am impressed. this song reminds me of a '70's song back before top 40 completly sucked. this song might be about how children should not do drugs.
    sofa king coolon February 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCeelo is playing with us in a sense. He's begging us to acccept inevitability as it is. The beast he has is music, it is addictive and can easily be argued as destructive. By running away it wouold seem that you could escape its charm, BUT YOU CANT! It's sound.

    He illustrates his real intentions with "... these are the teardrops of a clown, the circus coming to town, allI'm saying is sometime I'm more scared of myself.

    Thank you me for answering my question.
    Wes Gilon March 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen you guys mention it, you may be right. A warning to children about drugs would be very precise.
    Deflectionon March 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe more i listen to this song the less i'm positive about what it means...i think that's part of gnarls' brilliance though. it reminds me alot of TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me".


    anyway, i think that gnarls always has a main story or point behind their music. i think that, like their last album, this is more about losing their mind than music. it could be a pedophile or any person who's capable of any sort of pain to anyone.

    it could be about the music, though, and i'm just being far too literal. who knows?
    vivalanataliaon March 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is compltey different on the album version...

    The first "verse" is swapped with the second...

    So it ends up being:

    Yeah I'm On The run
    See what I'm coming from
    When you see me come and run
    Before You See what I'm running from
    No Time for question asking, time is passing by. Alright!

    You can't win child,
    We've all tried too
    You've been lied to
    It's already inside you
    Either you run right now, or you best get ready to die

    You Better (Move!)
    I Said (Move!)

    Chorus:

    Run Away!
    Run Away!
    Run Children!
    Run For Your Life!
    Run Away!
    Run Away!
    Run Children!
    Here It Comes, Said Run! Alright?

    Yeah It's Still The Same
    Can't you feel the pain?
    When the needle hits the vain
    Ain't nuthin' like the real thing
    I've seen it once before, and oh it's something else, Good God

    Cool breeze come on in
    Sunshine come on down
    These are the teardrops of a clown
    The circus is coming to town
    All that I'm saying is sometimes I'm more scared of myself

    You Better (Move!)
    I said (Move!)

    Chorus

    Hurry little children
    Run this way
    I have got a beast at bay

    (Promise me when the chance comes
    You'll run as fast as you can
    Don't you dare look backwards
    Run as fast as you can)

    Run Away!
    Run Away!
    Run Children!
    Run For Your Life!

    Run Away!
    Run Away!
    Run Children!
    Here It Comes, Said Run!
    greatone1987on April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe most original act around.
    Spudlyon October 03, 2008   Link

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