"Run" as written by Gary Lightbody, Mark Pete Mcclelland, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Nathan Connolly and Iain Denis Archer....
I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go
You've been the only thing that's right
In all I've done.

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Away from here

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear
Louder, louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say

To think I might not see those eyes
It makes it so hard not to cry
And as we say our long goodbyes
I nearly do.

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear
Louder, louder
And we'll run for our lives
I can hardly speak I understand
Why you can't raise your voice to say

Slower, slower
We don't have time for that
All I want is to find an easier way
To get out of our little heads

Have heart my dear
We're bound to be afraid
Even if it's just for a few days
Making up for all this mess.

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I'll be right beside you dear


Lyrics submitted by Meyan

"Run" as written by Gary Lightbody Nathan Connolly

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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    General CommentI agree that people get/read what they want from a song irrespective of its true meaning. This song is written so beautifully that its easy for everyone to have their own interpretations.

    I personally feel that it is about losing or leaving someone you love. Until this year though, I really didn't appreciate how moving this song is.

    Having lost my father in the summer, i can see the lyrics from that point of view. I imagine it is exactly how my Mother feels or felt on the day it happened, wanting him to wake up (light up) and speak but understanding why he can't. Saying long goodbyes, being afraid, being right beside you.

    I also can see how it can be about the breakup of a long term relationship. Having done this myself only two weeks ago, I think it could be about a couple who still love each other but have to break up because of their situation, maybe long distance or whatever. It makes me think of our last moments at the airport saying our long goodbyes wondering if it will be the last time we ever see each other

    To think I might no see those eyes
    Makes it so hard not to cry
    And as we say our last goodbyes
    I nearly do

    Looking in to each others eyes thinking it could work but not here. Wondering deep down inside if you are making the right choice and wanting the other person to speak up and say lets run away from here but understanding why they do not speak as they know they are doing the right thing.

    Louder Louder
    And we'll run for our lives
    I can hardly speak, I understand
    Why you can't raise your voice to say

    Wanting to slow the last moments down as there isn't enough time for all that needs to be said. But talking pointless things to try and take your minds of the enormity of what is happening and confusion in our hearts.

    Slower, Slower
    We don't have time for that
    All I want is to find an easier way
    To get out of our little heads

    Being afraid because you don't know how it will be without each other. Knowing it will get easier.

    Have heart, my dear
    we're bound to be afraid
    Even if its just for a few days
    Making up for all this mess

    Still loving and caring for each other and that you will always be in each others hearts and thoughts. Wanting the other person to be happy and get through this.

    Light up, Light up
    As if you have a choice
    Even if you cannot be hear my voice
    I'll be right beside you dear

    A song that can evoke so much emotion in everyone who hears it, and bring all these people to comment on it here, surely means it has to be one of (if not 'the' one) the best written songs ever.
    pandaeyeson November 30, 2008   Link

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