"Running" as written by and Lane/smith....
Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because, if there was I would have found it by now
Because it's easier to run

Easier than staying and finding out you're the only one
Who didn't run
Because running will be the way your life and mine
Will be described

As in "the long run"
Or as in having given someone a "run for his money"
Or as in "running out of time"
Because running makes me look like everyone else

Though I hope there will ever be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction
Not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was

I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life
Because I have to be running for something of more value
To be running and not in fear

Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped
Eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer

Because you of you and because of that nice
That you quietly, quickly be causing
And because you're going to see me run soon
And because you're going to know why I'm running then
You'll know then
Because I'm not going to tell you now

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"Running" as written by Richard Russell Gil Scott-heron

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    General Comment'the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from'
    wow... ...you going to see me run soon'
    digitallove42on May 28, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI like to see it as love, which might sound simplistic, I think it's the idea that even if he runs, he can't escape love, which may actually be his fear. At least, not without showing (the fear) love, first, the way he is seeing it given to him now. And because she's inspiring those feelings inside him, he runs. It makes me feel like the last two lines are saying that it's going to impact her the same way-- because he ran, she'll always be running too, because love is scarier when you've been hurt before. Maybe that's the reason he runs in the first place.
    Johnsongon October 20, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThe entire song is a response to a question posed about running. Why you'd run- him or anyone. And I imagine he keeps saying why because the unspoken other keeps asking for a reason sufficiently justifiable to explain the act of running. Why anyone would. Running is a choice. To get up and start running requires more than just energy and effort and time.If you run because you love it, you get it. If you run because -- of many reasons why people do which, here, these lyrics, he's implying when he answer why and then negates the rationality of that reason. If you don't run, this song is for you too. It makes no sense to many who ask why I run everyday. Because. I won't tell you bc I cannot say why I just do it and I know but it's a fallacy of language to explain. It must be felt. That's how this song feels to me. Like running for the right reasons which are anything except extrinsic, aescetic, appearance-driven, escapism, change etc.
    Pkbreweron September 09, 2014   Link

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