"They Ran" as written by and Jim James....
Somebody stole my lighter
And where it go'd is higher
I was another boy,
Down in another town
Armed with casino bars,
Tight whores and tinseltown
But I stayed
Ooooooh
Oh but I stayed
She had a cigarette
And asked if I had a light
Out it came,
And I gave it to her,
And off into the night...
His arms were thin,
And off into the night, they ran.
Ooooo they ran...
Ooooo they ran.


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"They Ran" as written by Jim James

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    My InterpretationHis lighter is a metaphor for his heart "...somebody stole my lighter..."
    He then starts to retrace his thoughts back to where he first lost it.
    He thinks back to when he was younger...and he doesn't feel much like the same person living a questionable lifestyle.
    Suddenly, he remembers the moment she had asked him for his lighter...and he gave it to her...and off into the night they ran.

    Thus he finally realizes that she stole his heart long ago when they were young and in love...and they've been running ever since.

    This is the best MMJ song ever. One of the most romantic songs I can think of.

    DKVilleon July 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat does this song mean to me personally: I don't know...What I want this song to mean: the magic of love with all the right timing and decisions made. And forgetting all the troubles in life and running away. Nice to imagine, huh?
    Shell Bellon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttheres 2 versions of this song. on Tennesee Fire and Sandworm Commeth. I think some of the lyrics are different and i'd love to find out the true meaning behind this one. beautiful and haunting.
    yoyoshon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh yes, this song is haunting.
    The lyrics "i was another boy in another town" always makes me imagine being another boy down in another town.

    That said i like what She Bell came up with.
    axround3ron January 24, 2009   Link

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