"I Run Empty" as written by and Tegan Quin Sara Quin....
Lean these pictures up against the wall
Won’t remain in this room too long
I count steps and sockets in the wall
To avoid the sound
Of your feet missing in the hall
To avoid the sound
Of your feet missing in the hall

Don’t think I didn't deserve what I got
Don’t think I didn't deserve what I lost
I run empty until I
I feel nothing inside
I run empty until I
I feel nothing inside
Oh, don’t think I didn't deserve what I got

Think nothing of mistakes that I've made
All around change that I can’t take
The way I left you hanging every time
You avoid the sound
Of my voice coming down the line
You avoid the sound
Of my voice coming down the line

Don’t think I didn't deserve what I got
Don’t think I didn't deserve what I lost
I run empty until I
I feel nothing inside
I run empty until I
I feel nothing inside
Oh, don’t think I didn't deserve what I got

We were still so young, wasn't certain of anything
When you’re still so young, can’t be certain of anything
Can’t be certain of anything, when you’re young

Don’t think I didn't deserve what I got
Don’t think I didn't deserve what I lost
I run empty until I
I feel nothing inside
I run empty until I
I feel nothing inside
Oh, don’t think I didn’t deserve what I got


Lyrics submitted by bongomar, edited by slider142

"I Run Empty [*]" as written by Tegan Rain Quin Sara Keirsten Quin

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    General CommentI agree with javipanqe that it's a post-breakup song. Sara is obviously missing the person (I count steps and sockets in the wall To avoid the sound Of your feet missing in the hall) but knows she made mistakes that she can't change now.

    However, I think she meant the opposite that javipange said with the line "Don’t think I didn't deserve what I got." That sentence uses a double negative - two negatives cancel each other out. I think she's saying (as if to a third person) "don't think that I didn't deserve this" or, without the double negatives, she did deserve it. I think that makes it even more of a heartbreaking song - she blames herself for the breakup and what she "got" and "lost".
    indikeyson November 03, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationHeartthrob is a a post break-up album; one of the many reasons why I love it - since I can relate to it a lot.

    "I run Empty" is one of the most underrated ballads we can find in Heartthrob - my interpration is that Sara/Tegan is thinking about that person now that all is gone.

    They know they messed it up.. yet, they don't think they "deserve" whatever the other person did to them; they shouldn't have lost the relationship, or whatever.

    This song represents that mental state you enter when you are in your room regreting everything you have done now that the relationship is over. Missing that one special person, wishing to go back and fix everything. and "I run Empty", I think it means to cry until you kill the feeling that day; cry until you fall asleep... cry until you run empty.

    not rocket science. This is heartbreaking science.
    javipanqeon July 25, 2013   Link
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    General Commentokey, so, seeing as this is a post-breakup album, i know that this view is incorrect but i can't help but think it.
    i can really easily relate this song to anorexia and the other disorders that often come with it.
    "I run empty until I
    I feel nothing inside
    Oh, don’t think I didn't deserve what I got"
    yummymeatson September 04, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationokey, so, seeing as this is a post-breakup album, i know that this view is incorrect but i can't help but think it.
    i can really easily relate this song to anorexia and the other disorders that often come with it.
    "I run empty until I
    I feel nothing inside
    Oh, don’t think I didn't deserve what I got"
    yummymeatson September 04, 2013   Link

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