"Runaway" as written by James Todd Smith, Ashanti S. Douglas, Sharif Emil Slater, Jean Claude Olivier, Jaramye Jael Daniels, Akil King, James Brown and Lynne Collins....
There's no saving anything
Now we're swallowing the shine of the sun
There's no saving anything
How we swallow the sun

But I won't be no runaway
'Cause I won't run
No, I won't be no runaway

What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?
We've got another thing coming undone
And it's taking us over

We don't bleed when we don't fight
Go ahead, go ahead, throw your arms in the air tonight
We don't bleed when we don't fight
Go ahead, go ahead, lose our shirts in the fire tonight

What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?
We got another thing coming undone

But I won't be no runaway
'Cause I won't run
No, I won't be no runaway
'Cause I won't run
No, I won't be no runaway

What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?
We've got another thing coming undone
And it's taking us over

We don't bleed when we don't fight
Go ahead, go ahead, throw your arms in the air tonight
We don't bleed when we don't fight
Go ahead, go ahead, lose our shirts in the fire tonight

But what makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?
We got another thing coming undone
We got another thing coming undone
And it's taking forever

I'll go braving everything
With you swallowing the shine of the sun
I'll go braving everything
Through the shine of the sun

But I won't be no runaway
'Cause I won't run
No, I won't be no runaway
'Cause I won't run
No, I won't be no runaway

What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?
We've got another thing coming undone
And it's taking us over

We don't bleed when we don't fight
Go ahead, go ahead, throw your arms in the air tonight
We don't bleed when we don't fight
Go ahead, go ahead, lose our shirts in the fire tonight

But what makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?
We got another thing coming undone
We got another thing coming undone
And it's taking us over
And it's taking forever


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"Runaway" as written by Matthew Donald Berninger Aaron Brooking Dessner

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  • +6
    General CommentThis might be because I'm relating it a little too much to a recent personal situation, but here's how I interpret it:

    It's about a relationship with someone you love deeply but which is just not working. Even though you know it's doomed ("There's no saving anything"), you can't bring yourself to leave ("I won't be no runaway, 'cause I won't run").

    How I see it, is that the reason that they don't want to leave is that things are not always bad, they love the person and things are great unless they start arguing ("We don't bleed when we don't fight"). The "throw your arms in the arm/lose our shirts in the fire" bit would be when they don't fight and instead have a wild and fun time.

    I think the references to the sun are just abstract allusions to the fire you can feel in an intense relationship, as if you've swallowed this huge flaming thing and it's burning away inside of you; it hurts, but it's magical.

    "What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?" is pretty self explanatory. It's just expressing that don't want to be travelling towards the end of the relationship.

    I might be completely wrong, but that's how I see it.
    FlamePitBabyon October 08, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about a relationship that in the midst of a big argument. The relationship looks very bleak and they are at the point that he doesn't see it being resolved ("There's no saving anything. Now we're swallowing the shine of the sun.")

    However bad things are, he still has feelings and does not want to quit ("But I won't ne no runway cause I won't run.")

    He does not like when she brings the argument to the forfront and he feels like things are piling on top of the main argument.("What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood. We've got another thing coming undone. And its taking us over.")

    He would much rather set aside their differences and move on with the relationship.("we don't bleed when we don't fight. Go ahead put your arms I'm the air tonight".) And would rather kiss and make up.("Go ahead lose our shirts in the fire tonight.")

    She keeps bringing up the argument while he tries to move past it.("I'll go braving everything with you swallowing the shine of the sun.")
    warnocknon December 02, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentChills every time he sings "What makes you think I'm enjoying being led to the flood?"
    pnw13on December 13, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn my opinion, Berninger is lamenting the future of society.

    Many people I've talked to feel that we're headed towards a destructive outcome. I really don't think Berninger concedes that there is any hope left at all for mankind. However, I feel that it is a very powerful song emotionally (even if it is about Global Warming), because despite his incredibly ominous foresight, he is determined to see it through.

    Also, although I think "No, I won't be no runaway" can implicate a variety of actions. Sometimes I think he's talking about suicide, and some days I think he means going to some dark corner of the world where he won't be reminded of our collective monstrosity.
    ghopson8787on March 03, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song is about standing up for one's beliefs in society. It's tough to speak up against those in power and would be safer if we didn't ("We don't bleed when we don't fight") but if we don't fight we're going to lose what we have; if you throw your arms in the air (give up) we'll lose our shirts in the fire. He doesn't enjoy getting beat down by his fight but it's important and he wants you to join him and stop letting things get worse around you, because you're afraid.
    CityFolkon October 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHoly hell this song is good. The lift in the music that goes along with "what makes you think I enjoy being led to the flood" is something else.
    caitsith01on April 15, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy fav song right now. I heard it in the Zombie movie and shazammed it right in the theater. I love this song because to me it means facing life. It always calms me. It means that no matter what we will keep going towards life and what we believe and that is what life is about. Almost like a "meet joe black" movie or the song by Stevie Nicks, "Landslide". LOVE THIS SONG...
    maine81on June 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    there's no savin' anything
    (and) i was swallowing the shine of the sun
    there's no savin' anything
    from the shine of the sun

    but i won't no runaway
    'cause i won't run
    no, i won't be no runaway
    what makes you think i'm enjoyin' being led to the flood?
    we got another thing comin' undone
    and it's takin' us over

    we don't bleed when we don't fight
    go ahead go ahead throw your arms in the air tonight
    we don't bleed when we don't fight
    go ahead go ahead throw your shirts in the fire tonight

    (but) what makes you think i'm enjoyin' being led to the flood?
    we got another thing comin' undone

    but i won't be no runaway
    'cause i won't run
    no, i won't be no runaway
    'cause i won't run
    no, i won't be no runaway
    what makes you think i'm enjoyin' being led to the flood?
    we got another thing comin' undone
    and it's taking forever

    we don't bleed when we don't fight
    go ahead go ahead throw your arms in the air tonight
    we don't bleed when we don't fight
    go ahead go ahead lose our shirts in the fire tonight

    what makes you think i'm enjoyin' being led to the flood?
    we got another thing comin' undone
    we got another thing comin' undone
    and it's takin' us over

    i'll go bravin' anything
    with you swallowing the shine of the sun
    i'll go bravin' everything
    with you swallowing the shine

    but i won't be no runaway
    'cause i won't run
    no, i won't be no runaway
    'cause i won't run
    no, i won't be no runaway
    (but) what makes you think i'm enjoyin' being led to the flood?
    we got another thing comin' undone
    and it's taking us over

    we don't bleed when we don't fight
    go ahead go ahead throw your arms in the air tonight
    we don't bleed when we don't fight
    go ahead go ahead lose our shirts in the fire tonight

    (but) what makes you think i'm enjoyin' being led to the flood?
    we got another thing coming undone
    we got another thing coming undone
    and it's takin' us over
    and it's taking forever


    i changed your lyrics a little bit after listening to the song. maybe we heard different version, cause the songs for the new album are unfinished and the national are known for being perfectionists and changing parts of their songs until they fit perfectly.
    i love the song. can't wait for the new album to come out...

    GreenGloveon August 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti would think part of it's connected with matt berninger's new fatherhood
    spartacus103on April 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not entirely sure what it means, yet, but this is one of my favorites off of High Violet...he sounds so emotional towards the end, which kind of took me aback. Beautiful and painfully sad at the same time.
    FromDenmarkon May 11, 2010   Link

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