"Running for Cover" as written by and Timothy W Kim Ryan Carbary....
If I could wake my crooked heart
If I was there right from the start
To feel what it was like to be turned on

If you could fly the battling wind
To miss the mark correct within
If your wish came true your dreams made real

Running for cover
Running to hide

If I could be the walls of man
To rest my head and trust the plan
And fighting like a child to get my way

If I could see the garden place
Before the fall, would things have changed?
I wasn't there, and neither were you
But I take the blame, as you should too, my friend

Now we're running for cover
Running to hide
Yeah, we're running for cover
Running to hide

We've been trying with each other to unravel the age old story
But I'm starting to think that there's a reason we don't understand
And it's easy to blame someone else for my wants and my worries
But I know, I accept that it's just a part of who I am

Now we're running for cover
Running to hide
And you say it's not my problem
I decide out of mind

Yes, we're running for cover
Yeah, we're running afraid
As we run with one another
Of the mess that we've made


Lyrics submitted by SvenEcirson, edited by RiceTongs, JoshBerger

"Running for Cover" as written by Ryan Carbary Peter Eric Wilson

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    Song MeaningThe biblical references here are so incredibly difficult to miss. I think the song is about knowing that there is some god, but not really understanding that god or what we are supposed to do with that knowledge.

    "If I could wake my crooked heart
    If I was there right from the start
    To feel what it was like to be turned on"

    ----Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. "Turned on" could have two meanings here. When they ate the fruit from the tree, they recognized each others nakedness and would have been sexually turned on. But they also became conscious of themselves and could have been powered (or turned) on in a sense.


    "Running for cover,
    running to hide."

    ----Following the realization of their nakedness, Adam and Eve both run to hide when they hear god coming into the Garden because they don't want to be seen naked.


    "If I could be a wiser man
    To rest my head and trust the plan
    I'm fighting like a child to get my way."

    -----He wishes he could trust god's plan, but he wants what he wants. Just like most of us. This is important again in the bridge.



    "If I could see the garden place
    before the fall when things have changed
    I wasn't there and neither were you
    but I take the blame as you should too my friend."

    -----Another reference to the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man. Though we weren't there, we still continue to sin and so have to take the blame for ourselves.


    "We've been trying with each other to unravel the age old story,
    But I'm starting to think there's a reason that we don't understand."

    -----Like I said earlier, with the "wiser man" and "trust the plan" part, we keep trying to understand this "age old story" and all of god's plan. But in reality, we're never going to understand it, and maybe there is a reason that we don't.



    "And it's easy to blame someone else for my wants and my worry,
    But I know, I accept that it's just a part of who I am"

    -----Similar to taking the blame for the fall and our sins. It's much easier to blame others for our faults, and we are kind of wired to do so. And he accepts that.
    therewillbefireworkson May 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo begin, this song is written in past tense. The protagonist is reflecting upon his life.

    The first half of the song is about being naive. Making bad decisions because of this naivety. And running for cover because taking responsibility is no fun.

    "If I could see the garden place before the fall when things have changed." I think he is talking about a secret garden of sorts. He had an opportunity to grow up, but now that opportunity is past. He is taking the blame and responsibility for it now.

    This last verse really gets me jazzed up. It's a great resolution from the buildup of naivety.

    "We've been trying with each other to unravel the age old story,
    But I'm starting to think there's a reason that we don't understand.
    And it's easy to blame someone else for my warts and my worry,
    But I know, I accept that it's just a part of who I am"

    He is accepting that he has to own up to his mistakes.

    I think there are undertones of finding love in this song as well. It seems he is talking about a significant other. "We've been trying with each other to unravel the age old story." I think the story, or fairy tale, he is talking about is finding love. I could be totally wrong though, and would love to hear others thoughts. :)

    Happy listening,

    Eric
    RiceTongson April 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe song is about man's relationship to God. The reason it is in the past tense is because the singer is talking for all of humanity who are sinful people and cannot figure out how to relate to God, whether to continue to sin and have to run for cover or to own up to our troubles and approach God in humility. There is no love story besides the love between God and man.
    The extensive amount of Biblical symbolism is tracing man's history briefly from the start, the garden of eden, to the present.
    Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in timeon August 08, 2016   Link

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