"Runaway" as written by James Todd Smith, Ashanti S. Douglas, Sharif Emil Slater, Jean Claude Olivier, Jaramye Jael Daniels, Akil King, James Brown and Lynne Collins....
Graffiti decorations
Under the sky of dust
A constant wave of tension
On top of broken trust
The lessons that you taught me
I learned were never true

Now I find myself in question
They point the finger at me again
Guilty by association
You point the finger at me again

I wanna run away
Never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth
Instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers
No more lies
I wanna shut the door
And open up my mind

Paper bags and angry voices
Under a sky of dust
Another wave of tension
Has more than filled me up
All my talk of taking action
These words were never true

Now I find myself in question
They point the finger at me again
Guilty by association
You point the finger at me again

I wanna run away
Never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth
Instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers
No more lies
I wanna shut the door
And open up my mind

I'm gonna run away, and never say goodbye
Gonna run away, gonna run away
Gonna run away, gonna run away
I'm gonna run away and never wonder why
Gonna run away, gonna run away
Gonna run away, gonna run away
I'm gonna run away and open up my mind
Gonna run away, gonna run away
Gonna run away, gonna run away
Gonna run away, gonna run away
Gonna run away, gonna run away

I wanna run away
Never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth
Instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers
No more lies
I wanna shut the door
And open up my mind

I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind


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"Runaway" as written by Brad Delson Mike Shinoda

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  • +3
    General CommentI don't really thing this song has a specific meaning... i think it was left open so that everyone can relate to it... and basically everyone can relate to it.bcuz everyone has days where they just want to get the hel a way frum everything an everyone.. and by the way LINKIN PARK rulez in conert...if u ever get a chance to see them.. go for it... they are amazing ~~<3
    LoSeRgRlon February 24, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song explains the unexplainable. It shows how people want to escape everyone and everything that bothers them. If you choose to runaway, then nothing will bother you. That's why I love this song!!!
    P.S.-
    If any members of Linkin Park read this, I am your biggest fan in the whole entire world. I am such a big fan, it's not even called an obssession any more!! ~lol~
    luv4linkinon November 26, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGuess when I remember this song the most????!!!!!
    when I haven't study or understand any part of my lessons & teacher suddenly decides to take a test !!!!!!!!! :- (
    then i wanna run away
    never say goodbye.........
    ;-)
    linkinpark9045on March 30, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it does have something to do with being accused of something you haven't done...Just by being there etc...But not exactly get in trouble with the law about it...More like friends, family etc (Been there, done that). I relate SOOO much to this song and it helps when I've had a really bad day...
    DeathscytheHellon March 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song touches one of LP's favourite themes, emotional outbursts against an oppressor. It
    's about ending an ongoing conflict filled with deceit and lies by running away and starting over. Great song.
    Rotageron May 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPerhaps I might be reading too much into it... but in my perspective, the lyrics of this song portray the internal conflict that the individual faces when dealing with society and the state at large, leading to growing discontent with the oppressors in power.

    In the first verse, 'graffiti decorations' reflect the vigor of human expression and the desire to rebel within a suffocating atmosphere of monotony and conformity, hence 'the sky of dust.' The 'wave of tension' represents the various forms of defiance and civil disobedience used to address the 'broken trust' for tyrannical state authority. Lastly, the individual realizes the 'lessons' taught to him/her were merely methods of indoctrination to mold him/her into the ideal citizen.

    The pre-chorus details the cognitive dissonance that the individual feels when the core ideals that he/she identified with are being challenged, feeling that accepting a lifestyle of illusory goals and values makes him/her part of the problem ('guilty by association'). However, the individual realizes the danger and ridicule that comes with making these realizations, and the ostracism from society that is a consequence of this type of thinking.

    The chorus outlines the immediate desire for the individual to escape the from the psychological grasp of a conformist society, and the state that looms over it. In doing so, true understanding of the world will follow in opening up the mind.

    The second verse emphasizes on the reluctance to make the final break from society by pointing out the anxiety (paper bags - heavy nervous breathing) and judgmental ridicule from conformist citizens (angry voices). The 'tension' continues to build up in the individual, just as much as it does within the mob mentality of the rebellious counterculture in the first verse. The individual has self-doubt (all my talk of taking action...), and second guesses his true motives, but realizes again the failure of responsibility of one's own true goals by just going along with everyone else.

    As the song reaches the bridge, and ends with a repetition of "open up my mind," the individual has decided to go through with his/her escape from the closed walls that is society.

    I believe that such an interpretation holds great importance and relevance in our day and age, and it must be realized where exactly we're headed if we continue to passively accept the prejudices of society and the tyranny of an oppressive state as 'normal.' It's time to wake up.
    Dru.Dioon July 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my second favorite Linkin Park song next to In The End. I use this song a lot when people are just giving me crap and I feel stress. This song is great.
    Xx TheDude xXon December 06, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is is my second favorite song from LP (The first is Crawling). This song is describing a teenager who got introuble with the law, then went on probation and now he's telling us how it was & how he felt like when on probation.
    ROCKon February 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentP.S.
    ROCKon February 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIF YOU LIKE LINKIN PARK....YOU SHOULD ALSO TRY DOWNLOADING DISTURBED!!!!!!THEY ARE AWESOME!
    ROCKon February 02, 2002   Link

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