Just a girl in a photograph
Wearing the dress that I wear now
A pretty face in fields of grey
It's sad to see that nothing seems to change

She's running from the boy in the school yard
She's running through the field to the open heart
They're laughing as the sun dances around them
The little life inside her, takes it's place inside her, starts to grow

She cuts the seams of her favourite frock
She sits and listens to the old church clock
Oh, daddy, daddy, don't send me away
Never been a bad girl, I swear that nothing had changed

She's running from the face of her father
She's running from the silence in a crowded room
She's running from the ring that he gave her
The latter sound of promises, the feeling that's inside her starts to grow

At the end of the day comes a cold, cold night
Fading light to bear a newborn life
Two voices fade into one
She closed her eyes with the rising sun

She's running to the arms of an angel
She's running from the only place she's ever known
She's running with her heart left behind her
They knew when they found her that they just couldn't hurt her anymore

She's running from the face of her father
She's running from the silence in a crowded room
She's running from the ring that he gave her
They knew when they found her that they just couldn't hurt her anymore

Just a girl in a photograph
Wearing the dress that I wear now
A pretty face in fields of grey
It's sad to see that nothing seems to change


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She Ran song meanings
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    General CommentI think it could be about a hundred and one differant things, but the one I thought first was she ran all her life. Maybe her Dad neglected her emotionally, or sending her away to aboarding school or something. The whole 'ring' bit could just mean an attatchment, or an obligation. She was expected to stay put at the school, or have a good time, but it never happened, so she carried on running. I kept thinking she had a baby somewhere in the song, but I'm not sure whether I'm just taking the 'newborn' too literally.
    Thats what I thought, first time I listened to it too. Her latest album is so beautiful.
    xx
    mermaidKatieon April 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentActually, wait. Those lyrics are wrong, I've got her songbook right next to me,
    Its 'the little life inside of her'.
    So yeah, I guess she gets pregnant and her Dad sends her away.
    I love that song <3
    xx
    mermaidKatieon April 15, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationIt reads to me like the main focus of the song is a girl who gets pregnant while still at school, her father disapproves and the boy marries her, though she doesn't want to be married, and then she dies in childbirth.

    The first and last verses intrigue me though - fields of grey, so it's most likely a black and white photo. I would guess that the girl in the first/last verse wearing the dress is either the daughter (the baby) of the girl who died, or maybe just that she goes to the same school, it is an old photograph, and she feels sad that these things still happen now.
    bayberry_moonon March 19, 2010   Link

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