I got a number on me, I got a number
Won't make it through the high noon sun
I am my father's son
And I am my father's son
His bed is made
I was a hero early in the morning
I ain't no hero in the night

I am my father's son
And I'll build a house inside of you
I'll go in through the mouth
I'll draw three figures on your heart
One of them will be me as a boy
And one of them will be me
One of them will be me, watching you run
Watching you run into the high noon sun
Watching you run farther than guns will go
You are a runner with a stolen voice
And you are a runner
And I am my father's son

I am my father's son
I am my father's son

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You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's Son Lyrics as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson


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    General Commenti believe its:

    i'll go in through your mouth
    i'll draw three figures on your heart
    one of them'll be me as a boy
    one of them'll be me
    one of them'll be me watching you run
    hemptimeson July 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFrom the opening crunchy riffs, it immediately paints the picture of the quasi-anarchic Wild Wild West. The protagonist seems to have a bounty on his head, and this has led to a sort of bipolarity where he must struggle between his innate desire for survival and the traditions of honor and courage that his father instilled in him.
    SenatorCWuon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the singer having his fate already in place because of his father. Maybe figuring he is going to follow his father's footsteps down whatever path that may be. Something probably dark.

    While the runner is a person who is going to go far in life. Maybe a friend or someone he loves. Regardless, he figures this person will be going places in life and that he will merely be watching them while he stays behind.

    Just my theory. Awesome song, just as it is an awesome album.
    brandnewownsyouxon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSounds to me as a little boy he looked up to his father, his father was a hero in the little boy's eyes, but was never around or maybe left him and his mother. Now he's become what his father was.
    2huntson October 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe it has religious connotations, or at least undertones.

    We see a very clear timeline presented, with morning, noon, and night. This has often been used by poets and songwriters as a metaphor for the life cycle of a human; Youth in the morning, mid-age in the afternoon, and elderly at night.

    All monotheistic religions are described as having one creator (God, Allah, El, etc..) Which would thus make us our fathers sons. The house represents the strong foundation of God, and the mouth is his Word.
    HereLiesOrwellon April 21, 2009   Link

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