[Conscience]
Goodbye
Your pocket full of dreams
Your mind in a daze
Keep on chasing rainbows
Fly high
Leave the past behind
The dark road you take bears no escape

[Mephistopheles]
In a world of grand illusions
Where love is just a dream
You gotta make your sacrifices
Time to pick your poison

The fool is he who is noble-minded
And bellies up to poverty
He's not a king in the world of diamonds
Paling into oblivion

[Scarecrow]
I lay down my soul for glory
I've given a life away
Don't know if I am sorry
Blind me, blind me

Don't know where I'll be going
I gotta get away
From the pain of recollection
Drawn into the faint

[All]
Hang on to a runaway train
No turning back
Tethered to a runaway train
Take me away
Torpid in the wind and rain
No turning back
Hang on to a runaway train
Take me away

[Scarecrow]
If I'm a stranger to myself
Then I better gotta stay away
Even better gotta get away, get away
Time to pick my poison

Feel the devil sitting in my neck
Straight ahead into the unknown
Oh father I forgive you for I
Don't know what I'm doing

[Mephistopheles]
It's only human nature
To keep away from pain
Take a train to ecstasy oh
Ride on, ride on

Inhale the scent of heaven
Respire the smell of fame
You've been to hell and back
You can't change things anyway, no

[Scarecrow]
I hang on to a runaway train
No turning back
Tethered to a runaway train
Take me away
Torpid in the wind and rain
No turning back
I hang on to a runaway train
Take me away

[Mentor]
Reaching out to rule the world
you'll watch the mirror shatter
As you'll be dazzled by the sight
Once only diamonds mattered

How can you justify the way
When you wake up screaming
Will you pretend that you were blind
When you were really seeing

Your image everywhere
The looking glass: a sheet of ice
It's thick enough to dance on
In a frozen realm of lies

But the ice will break
And you will scream repenting
Oh boy, the ice will break
You'll just feel your heart rending

[Scarecrow]
Riding on to a world of funny flowers
Riding on to the white wide world
If coming back would hurt my pride
I'd rather take another ride
Riding on, winter on the mirror
Riding on into the unknown
If I'll awake in pain one day
I've gotta catch just one more train

[Conscience]
Days gone by
Who'd wanna live forever
On our knees up your road
Paved with good intentions
Fly high
Where angels can't breathe no more
Some dare to go blind
Some stay behind

[Scarecrow]
I hang on to a runaway train
No turning back
Tethered to a runaway train
Take me away
Torpid in the wind and rain
No turning back
I hang on to a runaway train
Take me away

Hang on to a runaway train
No turning back
Tethered to a runaway train
Take me away
Torpid in the wind and rain
in the wind and rain
I hang on to that runaway train


Lyrics submitted by Aniland, edited by Zamochy

Runaway Train song meanings
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  • +2
    My InterpretationThe basis of the Wicked Trilogy album is about music composer dubbed The Scarecrow (Tobias Sammet) slowly going insane. His insanity births Mephistopheles (Jorn Lande) in his mind, and he falls into depression after being rejected by his unrequited love (Amanda Somerville). Tobi wrote this trilogy so The Scarecrows teeters between reality and illusions; that line being clearer in some songs more than others.

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    This song is about The Scarecrow listening to Mephistopheles and deciding to fall into addiction to escape his pain. This is explained in lines like:

    * "Even better gotta get away, get away
    Time to pick my poison".

    The "runaway train" is meant to represent how The Scarecrow is ready to give up his self-control and spiral out of control in order to drown everything out. Lines such as:

    * "Take a train to ecstasy"

    * "If coming back would hurt my pride,
    I'd rather take another ride"

    * "If I'll awake in pain one day,
    I've gotta catch just one more train"

    As well as the chorus, further reinforce this analogy.

    While it's unclear if the Mentor is real or a hallucination, his lines talk about how one day The Scarecrow will sober up and realize all the horrible things he's done, and once that happens he'll "scream repenting".
    Zamochyon June 11, 2017   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI personally reckon this song is about dreams. How you can not control what happens in the realm of dreams.
    Cazlizliumon August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningOne nice girl told me once that to her this seems to be about heroin, or drug addiction in general. I think she was quite right. If you read the lyrics, it seems to be pretty clear.
    neldoron October 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnlike Avantasia's first set of Albums ( The Metal Opera and The Metal Opera II) The Wicked Trilogy (The Scarecrow, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon) are not a direct story. They are intentionally left open and vague. The booklet from Wicked Symphony states:

    "It's a tragedy about getting caught between two worlds. Here are the good intentions, visions, the dream of creating something divine and pure that is meant to result in love. And there you've got the demons that go along with the acclaim and approval that all of us vain and proud creatures mistakenly might call love sometimes...The scarecrow is you, the scarecrow is me..."

    I think this song is part of that- If you look at the albums together with "Scarecrow" telling the actual story, while the second two tell the characters emotional journey I think Runaway train is about what is dubbed "the scarecrow" deciding to turn away from the woman who he loved and who ultimately rejected him in search of other forms of fulfillment beyond the love of a single woman.
    brandonr1qon February 19, 2016   Link

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