"Long Time Running" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gordon Sinclair....
Does your mother tell you things?
Long, long when I'm gone?
Who you talking to?
Is she telling you I'm the one?
It's a grave mistake and I'm wide awake

Drive-in's rained out
Weatherman wet-fingers the sky
He pokes it out, he pulls it in
He don't know why
It's the same mistake

It's been a long time running
It's been a long time running
It's well worth the wait

We don't go anywhere
Just on trips
We haven't seen a thing
We still don't know where it is
It's a safe mistake

It's been a long time running
It's been a long time running

Well, well it's all the same mistake
Dead to rights and wide awake
I'll drop a caribou, I'll tell on you
I'll tell on you, I'll tell on you

You've got a boat-load of nerve
But I would say you've been told
You work me against my friends
And you'll get left out in the cold
It's the same mistake

It's been a long time running
It's been a long time coming
It's been a long, long, long time running
It's well worth the wait
It's well worth the wait
It's well worth the wait
It's well worth the wait


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"Long Time Running" as written by Gordon Sinclair Gordon Downie

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    General CommentI love The Tragically Hip. They rule!! This song is also amzing!! It means so much to me because it is "our" song.
    chickynickyon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI heard Gord say Live "Long time Running, its a love song about breasts and vaginas and penises."
    Fully__Completelyon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe Chorus goes,
    "It's been a long time running
    It's been a long time coming
    It's well worth the wait"
    Sephres6on August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always took this song as a father's point of view on a divorce with an impossibly manipulative woman.

    The first verse seems to be directed towards the child, whom the mother has been trying to turn against the father.

    I have no idea what the weather man thing is about, but that's why the hip is great.. you'll find meaning to verses even years after hearing the song. All I know is this verse expresses a lot of frustration.

    The 'just on trips' is probably about how futile a little family vacation is...as in it can't patch an apparent void between the parents.

    The final verse seems to be directed towards the woman herself. Call her out for what she is and shut her out in the cold.
    Jesse24on December 29, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"We don't go anywhere
    Just on trips"

    my all time favorite line from any song.

    i like to think it's about the people in the song wasting time sitting around getting high...'tripping out'
    not accomplishing anything and time continues to pass them by
    canadianhuskeron July 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't know about everybody else, but for me, this seems to be a song about a relationship that has well long run it's course and that the guy singing it knows this and he is actually glad its over, I know that much. Absolutely beautiful song, my favourite Hip track of them all, really touching.
    Milkyway84on March 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn 1991, Amsterdam - Paradiso, Gord introduced the song with following comment :

    "This is a song for a guy who believes that prostitutes should wear wedding rings, because they get way more business"

    It accents Fully completely´s meaning.
    hipfanBerlinon February 23, 2011   Link
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    General Comment'Drop a caribou' means that the protagonist is suggesting that he might put a Canadian quarter into a payphone and tell on his ex.

    Overall, the song is basically the ramblings of a man who is speaking to a former lover with a lot of bitterness but also a kind of awe. It's like he has just lost all the vestiges of affection that he had for her and he is hyper-conscious of this. I always picture him saying all of this out loud in an empty room. He knows that nothing positive can come out of saying these things to her but he has to say them out loud to move on.
    MartinH4on March 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentFaV: Weatherman wetfingers the sky
    RobinTon June 27, 2017   Link
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    General CommentSounds to me like battling the trauma of sexual molestation by a parent.
    PaliSteveon September 18, 2005   Link

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