"Run Boy Run" as written by Ambroise Willaume and Yoann Lemoine....
Run boy run! This world is not made for you
Run boy run! They’re trying to catch you
Run boy run! Running is a victory
Run boy run! Beauty lays behind the hills

Run boy run! The sun will be guiding you
Run boy run! They’re dying to stop you
Run boy run! This race is a prophecy
Run boy run! Break out from society

Tomorrow is another day
And you won’t have to hide away
You’ll be a man, boy!
But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!

Run boy run! This ride is a journey to
Run boy run! The secret inside of you
Run boy run! This race is a prophecy
Run boy run! And disappear in the trees

Tomorrow is another day
And you won’t have to hide away
You’ll be a man, boy!
But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!

Tomorrow is another day
And when the night fades away
You’ll be a man, boy!
But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!


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"Run Boy Run" as written by Yoann Lemoine Ambroise Willaume

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  • +4
    General CommentThe video is visually stunning and I love that there is a narrative spanning Iron and Run Boy Run - I hope he makes a third video to finish the story line. It's so epic!!
    ladyfrommarson May 23, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI believe this song is really about him as a young boy going out and beginning to experience the world and life. He is "running" from parents, etc. On his path to becoming a man with his own ideals and life experiences.
    lyndsey811on September 06, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think this song is about a gay guy stuck in the closet, probably the author. Wookid is talking to himself when he was young and the one who's talking it's his inner voice.
    LorenzoXon January 19, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think the song is about the journey from childhood to adulthood. In the video we see the little boy coming out from a single building ending with what looks like a big city, I think this means that the boys world is expanding, and he can't face it as he is. "This world is not made for you" so he has to run, he gains a sword and a shield in the process of running, the experiences he needs to face this new world. The "child" persona has to hide for now, and he will return but in the form of an adult, I think this refers to the age where a person is no more a child but not yet an adult, which is a confusing phase, but one must do some running and growing up to triumph and this process is considered natural "This race is a prophecy"
    TarfaGon March 28, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so awesome. I love Woodkid! Love the music video too. The mv is damn epic and the monsters are so cute!!!
    Woodchildon June 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI always hear this song as one about a boy who is struggling with society, not fitting in and/or feeling like an outcast.

    "Run boy run! This world is not made for you
    Run boy run! They’re trying to catch you"
    "Run boy run! Break out from society"
    "Run boy run! They’re dying to stop you"

    I think that's applicable to many situations, a gay person in the closet like someone else said, a misfit, a bullying victim.. etc

    The song itself feels like an older version of the bo comforting him. Reassuring him that tomorrow will be better, that he'll be a man and will explore different places of the world and so ultimately wouldn't have to live with those same people he despise for the rest of his life.

    "Run boy run! Beauty lays behind the hills"
    "Tomorrow is another day
    And you won’t have to hide away
    You’ll be a man, boy!"

    But for now, he'll just have to survive.
    "But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!"
    magdion April 08, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhen I see the video I see sooo much symbolism. I don't really see homosexual aspect that I've seen mention of in a few places, BUT I do definitely see running form the church.

    The first building he is running from is just that, one building a tall ominous one and there are hints and bits of graphic that show architecture that is very church like.

    As the video goes on he has rams, or goats, that are almost demonic looking that are helping him escape, like they aren't the bad guys, but the things the result of what they are running from.

    Then again, he's running and he is hopping over what looks like sheep, like the herded masses that have just accepted and fall in line.

    Then finally there's the city that he approaches with triumph and joy. Usually the city is depicted as a land of opportunity, progressive people and open varied minds. This might have been his escape from conformation,

    Well . . . that's my interpretation.
    hedstrongon October 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThere is also a book called Run Boy Run, and it's about a young boy running from the Nazi's. The boy live in the forests and fields, and farmers help him to avoid the Nazi's. I think it's unlikely that this song is based off this book, but it does fit the lyrics and tone of the song, and it even loosely fits the music video
    myorangebananaon November 09, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI hear the lyrics

    "Run boy run! This world is not made for you
    Run boy run! They’re trying to catch you
    Run boy run! Running is a victory
    Run boy run! Beauty lays behind the hills

    Run boy run! The sun will be guiding you
    Run boy run! They’re dying to stop you
    Run boy run! This race is a prophecy
    Run boy run! Break out from society"

    and think of a rebel who doesn't like his government so his fighting it and rebelling against it as it's corrupt and broken. Just me?
    iDeliriousNon August 09, 2016   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI'm just gonna say this as someone who identifies as a nonbinary gender and has a lot of friends who are trans and nonbinary as well. Specifically, I get some trans guy vibes from this.

    I personally hear some trans undertones here. Maybe that's just me. People have been talking about closeted gay people which is somewhat close to my interpretation in that it also involves the LGBT+ community but it's not quite there.

    "Tomorrow is another day
    And you won’t have to hide away
    You’ll be a man, boy!
    But for now it’s time to run, it’s time to run!"

    That was what originally made me think this. I have friends who live with extremely transphobic families, and for them school and the internet are the only places where their identities are validated. Even then they have to misgender themselves and face misgendering in some situations. And when they go home they have to hide that, because they'll be attacked or kicked out otherwise.

    So, "tomorrow is another day/and you won't have to hide away" refers to, in my eyes, something along the lines of 'hey, you'll go to school tomorrow and have friends who will refer to you as male and you won't have to hide,' and "you'll be a man, boy/but for now it's time to run" refers to 'you'll be out of this house soon and living on your own, and you can do what you want then.'

    The rest isn't quite as specific, but the "break out from society" line feels like a reference to how transgender people are often ridiculed by today's society and told their identities are invalid. "This ride is a journey to... the secret inside of you" makes me think of how a lot of trans kids growing up with transphobic families often have to discover what transgender means by themselves, and have very little freedom to explore gender identity, because their families are very restrictive on that.

    So that's my interpretation, at least. I'm not sure if anyone else would agree but you have my two cents regardless.
    imnotrealon September 13, 2015   Link

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