What if I was wrong, and jumped to conclusions
Cause the chance of losing you was all too dangerous
So I just assume that you're doing things before you get the chance
So I can leave and feel like I've got the upper hand
Guilty yeah, maybe I'm just scared to go all in
Never was much for the life of gambling
But you can't win if you don't play
If you don't play there's no shame in us
Let's call a spade a spade

I said I wouldn't let you down
But it's like we both have changed somehow
You've made a disease of this town
And you act like you don't care but you left

Your tears on the runway
You think you're running away
And you're leaving all your troubles behind
But I'm not going with you this time
I don't wanna try to pretend I'm somebody else
Take me as I am or be left alone
Tears on the runway, runaway
You know that you love the chase
Oh yeah, baby love
With your tears on the runway

This thing with us is flying south if you know what I mean
But I'm trying my best to keep you right here in my city
A wise woman said, I wish people weren't afraid of love
Then she packed her shit and she ran
Like a coward when the thunder struck

Things aren't always picture perfect
But picture us on top cause we're worth it
Or go and get your ticket, and grab your sweater
I used to live for the chase but now I know better

Tears on the runway
You think you're running away
And you're leaving all your troubles behind
But I'm not going with you this time
I don't wanna try and pretend I'm somebody else
Take me as I am or be left alone
Tears on the runway, runaway
You know that you love the chase

I love the chase, you know that I love the chase


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Tears on the Runway Pt. 2 song meanings
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    My InterpretationGod, I love all the versions of Tears on the Runway. Tyler's version, the acoustic, and this one are all amazing.

    Anyway, this is about a really complex relationship that is influenced by distance and poor communication. They don't want to quite end it, but at the same time, they don't want to keep up the work it takes to be in their hard relationship.

    "I used to live for the chase, but now I know better."

    They once enjoyed the distance and complexity, and still do to some extent, but it's grown tiresome.

    Also, I think the runway (as in, a plane runway) is a metaphor for leaving the relationship; they left their "tears on the runway," meaning they were sad when they left, but knew they would come back at some point because "they love the chase."
    iredpoeton April 09, 2016   Link

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