"Dogs On The Run" as written by Tom Petty and Michael W. Campbell....
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    General CommentNo comments still? Shame.

    This is the hidden treasure that alone makes the second side of _Southern Accents_ rival its first. (Yes, this one's from long enough ago that I have no choice but to think of that album in vinyl terms.)

    The theme of this album, from beginning to end, is nonconformism, and the benefits it brings, and the dilemmas that come right along with them. Not an unfamiliar theme for Petty, but this song is one of those instances in which he just plain nails it. "I Won't Back Down" is pretty good also, yes, but the serious romantic needs to hear the melodic and lyrical exuberance of "Dogs on the Run."
    raffishtenant2on December 21, 2007   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionHell's bells, the inverted commas have all come out as question marks. Could you fix them please?
    treefrogdemonon September 15, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song's power makes me feel freedom, defiance, and strength. Joy and relief too. This fits the words. I agree with a comment here...one can call this song about those who don't conform. People are afraid to NOT conform. But the nonconformists sometimes get free of the strictures of society and show the way. THEN everyone who stuck to their boring path envies them and keeps asking them, as though they were gurus, 'what's the secret? How do I live to get the freedom, passion and joy you have?' The song is in A major, a bold key where a strong D major and D ninth fit well and a supporting floor E major form a solid floor for the song...............so we bravely take off for FLIGHT and FREEDOM and the joy of taking that risk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    math109993on March 06, 2018   Link

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