"Fugitive" as written by and Amy Elizabeth Ray....
I'm harboring a fugitive, a defector of a kind
And she lives in my soul and drinks of my wine
And I'd give my last breath to keep us alive
Are they coming for us with cameras or guns?
We don't know which but we gotta run
And you say, "This is not what I bargained for"

So hide yourself
For me
All for me

We swore to ourselves we'd go to the end of the world
But I got caught up in the whirl and the twirl of it all
A day in the sun dancing alone
Baby, I'm so sorry
Now it's coming to you the lessons I've learned
Won't do you any good you've got to get burned
Well the curse and the blessing they're one in the same
Baby, it's all such a treacherous gain

Hide yourself from me
I said hide yourself from me
All for me


I stood without clothes danced in the sand
I was aching with freedom kissing the damned
I said remember this as how it should be
Oh baby, I said it's all in our hands
Got to learn to respect what we don't understand
We are fortunate ones, fortunate ones, I swear

Hide yourself for me
I will hide myself for you
All for you
All for you
I will myself for you
All for you

I stood without clothes I danced in the sand
I was aching with freedom kissing the damned
I said remember this as how it should be

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"Fugitive" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    General CommentA very deep song, but I'll take a stab at it. I'm pretty sure this song, like many of Emily Sailiers', is secretly a religious song. It is about a tremendous internal battle between her two halves, one sinful and the other pious. The whole song is about trying to purge the former from her soul. The climax is incredible, and in the end she caves in and feeds her demons again. A notable, if confusing, verse is the third (I stood without clothes...) where she thinks she has a religious experience, and tries with all her might to hang on to that moment for as long as she can. This is an awesome song, I wish I could write like Emily Sailiers can.
    EZEebson December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh, and before anybody gets angry with me, I want to make it clear that I do NOT think it is her homosexual side that makes her a sinner; I just think that we all are at least half sinner
    EZEebson March 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf you're a big fan of this song, you should really consider being a big fan of Amy Ray's as well; she wrote it. ;-)

    Emily's songs tend to be way more introspective and after-the-fact; she's reflecting on things after they've happened. Amy, on the other hand, writes songs about things happening right at that moment. Amy's tend to be a little more angry, Emily's a little more sentimental (not a concrete rule by any means, but definitely a good base).

    As for this song, I've always interpreted it as a either someone being in love with someone they shouldn't be in love with and struggling with the emotion and fantasies that accompany it, or similarly actually having taken that next step and being involved in that relationship. If I were gay, I'd probably pull out an undercurrent of a relationship with someone closeted and famous, but it applies to a vast number of "forbidden relationships"; the concept's not exclusively gay.
    Abarineon April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah I was wrong about it being Emily Sailiers. I should have known also because when Amy sings the lead it is usually her song.

    I civilly disagree with Abarine; I don't think the subject of the song (the fugitive, the 'you' she sings to) is another person. The first line makes it clear that the whole song is an internal struggle. This makes the threat of being exposed more universal and truly frightening.
    EZEebson May 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think Amy's referring to an internal struggle, you're right EZEebs. Maybe it has something to do with fame: 'are they coming for us with camera's or guns' (the press), and the standing without clothes: the feeling of lost freedom could very well refer to fame's disadvantages.
    tinustijgeron March 12, 2014   Link

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