"Rabbit Will Run" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Last I saw mother, she rose from her chair
When they caught me I'd just finished combing my hair
'Cause a rabbit will run, and the colt hasn't long with the mare

We've all learned the earth while we've carried the throne
We dove under the rivers and under our clothes
And I still have a prayer, as sure as my settling bones

Last I saw mother, she covered my ears
When they caught me I offered the captain a beer
'Cause the rabbit will run, and the lion has nothing to fear

We bricked up the garden and know what it means
And we've all kissed a virgin as if she were clean
And I still have a prayer, despite all the colors I've seen

And judgment is just like a cup that we share
I'll jump over the wall and I'll wait for you there
Well past the weeds in our vision of things to come

We've all heard the rooster and all been denied
And we've seen through the haze and the spit in our eyes
And I still have a prayer, a well-weathered word to the wise

Last I saw mother, she smelled like a rose
When they caught me, the captain, he opened my nose
'Cause the rabbit will run, and the wind takes a bird where it blows

We've all traded lovers and woke up alone
And we've clapped for the king though our fingers were cold
And I still have a prayer 'cause I love what I cannot control

Last I saw mother, she acted surprised
When they caught me, the captain, he cried like a child
Because the rabbit will run, good dogs together go wild

We've all lived in grace at the end of the day
And we've armed all the children we thought we betrayed
And I still have a prayer, but too few occasions to pray

And judgment is just like a cup that we share
I'll jump over the wall and I'll wait for you there
Well past the weeds in our vision of things to come

And we've all found a reason for hiding a gun
And we've helped out a few if we've hurt anyone
And I still have a prayer, and so be it, I've done what I've done

Last I saw mother, she blew me a kiss
When they caught me, the cuffs cut the blood from my wrist
'Cause the rabbit will run and the pig has to lay in it's piss

We've all given half to the hand in our face
We've all taken a stone from the holiest place
And I still have a prayer, and I've furthered the world in my wait


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"Rabbit Will Run" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    Lyric CorrectionLast I saw mother, she rose from her chair
    When they caught me I'd just finished combing my hair
    'cause a rabbit will run, and the colt hasn't long with the mare

    We've all learned the earth while we've carried the throne
    We dove under the rivers and under our clothes
    And I still have a prayer, as sure as my settling bones

    Last I saw mother, she covered my ears
    When they caught me I offered the captain a beer
    'cause the rabbit will run, and the lion has nothing to fear

    We bricked up the garden and know what it means
    And we've all kissed a virgin as if she were clean
    And I still have a prayer, despite all the colors I've seen

    And judgment is just like a cup that we share
    I'll jump over the wall and I'll wait for you there
    Well past the weeds in our vision of things to come

    We've all heard the rooster and all been denied
    And we've seen through the haze and the spit in our eyes
    And I still have a prayer, a well-weathered word to the wise

    Last I saw mother, she smelled like a rose
    When they caught me, the captain, he opened my nose
    'cause the rabbit will run, and the wind takes a bird where it blows

    We've all traded lovers and woke up alone
    And we've clapped for the king though our fingers were cold
    And I still have a prayer 'cause I love what I cannot control

    Last I saw mother, she acted surprised
    When they caught me, the captain, he cried like a child
    Because the rabbit will run, good dogs together go wild

    We've all lived in grace at the end of the day
    And we've armed all the children we thought we betrayed
    And I still have a prayer, but too few occasions to pray

    And judgment is just like a cup that we share
    I'll jump over the wall and I'll wait for you there
    Well past the weeds in our vision of things to come

    And we've all found a reason for hiding a gun
    And we've helped out a few if we've hurt anyone
    And I still have a prayer, and so be it, I've done what I've done

    Last I saw mother, she blew me a kiss
    When they caught me, the cuffs cut the blood from my wrist
    Because the rabbit will run and the pig has to lay in it's piss

    We've all given half to the hand in our face
    We've all taken a stone from the holiest place
    And I still have a prayer, and I've furthered the world in my wait














    unicornwaron January 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis my favourite song from Kiss each other clean so far. The song feels a little like Trapeze Swinger, as Sam Beam put it, it feels like you've been on a journey by the end of it.

    First thoughts: could be that the narrator is an outlaw of some sort, the rabbit running and him getting caught could be allegory though.

    The beginning of the song starts off with him young: "as sure as my settling bones" (vanity of youth "combing my hair") and the song has 4 main elements: the mother (family?), the prayer (faith?), the rabbit (narrator?) and the captain (antagonist?).


    General thoughts:
    - I believe the rabbit could signify the narrator
    - The mother is always positively mentioned
    - There's no hostility towards the captain
    - Perhaps it's about coming to terms with your legacy, the things you've done
    - Or perhaps he is the outlaw of sorts, pushing against the prevailing forces he's furthered the world. As sometimes the fringes of society are the first to push norms and bring progress
    jackalope3on January 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcool hand luke
    OTCintelligenceon February 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the first verse, it's
    'Because the rabbit will run, as the colt does along with the mare.'
    TheProphetBeamon April 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI previously said that in the first verse, it should be 'as the colt does along with the mare'. I now think it could also be 'as the cold does along with the mare', which would keep with the natural theme Beam creates, with all the natural references (animals being the most prominent).

    Also, one of the lines in this interpretation is 'a hunger I cannot control', but it's definitely ''cause I love what I cannot control'.

    The line that says 'we've cloud for the King though our fingers were cold' is wrong too, I think, and it should be 'we've clapped for the King though our fingers were cold'.
    TheProphetBeamon April 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFor me, this song is about a soldier and his growing disillusionment with war. The rabbit is the symbol of the thing he's hunting or seeking to destroy. Could be a concrete enemy, or it could be something as general as freedom. There's a derogatory tone towards the rabbit for running instead of accepting a duty.

    As the song progresses, we see how the narrators frame of mind changes each time he compares himself to a different animal. At first he's a colt who has to be separated from his mother to work on the field. He's scared, but that's the way things go. Then he's a brave, bold lion with nothing to fear. He believes strongly in what he's doing.

    In the middle of the song, the narrator starts to feel less engaged with his cause. It's less him running to fight and more just going where he's commanded to go, the way a bird's path is dictated by the wind.

    The next time he visits his mother, she is surprised when she sees him. There is a realization when the captain comes to get him that even though they are good men, the war is changing them, making them cruel and wild, like dogs on a hunt.

    The last time the narrator talks about being caught after visiting his mother, he says they take him away in hand cuffs, "Because the rabbit will run, and the pig has to lay in its piss." Perhaps he is being arrested for war crimes? He is sentenced to dwell on his mistakes for the rest of his life? Suddenly the rabbit is praised for running compared to the pig who has to live in its own excrement.
    LaughWildon April 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSocial inequality
    apton December 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis might be a personal interpretation, but to me this song signifies someone who was once molested as a child by the so-called "captain", the effect this had on him/her as a person, the people around him/her, the way the victim treated people because of what happened to them and the way in which this affected the victims view of relationships.

    I believe the captain might have been a priest or religious figure, someone who was meant to give direction to others i.e. captain. prayer is also mentioned throughout the song, but always compared to the futility of prayer, perhaps the victim prayed a lot during this phase to understand but never received any answers, my personal favorite "And I still have a prayer 'cause I love what I cannot control".

    anyway, the rabbit running is the captain, finding himself in the situation where people are confronting him about what he has done to this child. The victim doesn't quite grasp the situation, feeling the captain is a guest and bringing him a beer, being to young to understand what's been done.

    I can mention many quotes to support my interpretation, but i still believe this is only my interpretation.

    The victim also went on to hurt kids him/her-self. "And we've armed all the children we thought we betrayed". I believe this is what leads to the cuffs on the victim at the end, having become an abuser. the whole song has an anxious tone to it. Perhaps this song mentions the girl from "boy with a coin"?

    Would enjoy hearing feedback :)
    GreenGuntheron June 14, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentJohn Updike
    dolleon March 16, 2011   Link

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