I pondered long and hard about which song to feature for this week’s rainy Song Lyric Sunday theme. I had thought about this track, but it is a very emotional song. At the end of the day, that is why I appreciate it. When lyricists capture feelings that touch a raw nerve with so many people, they become unforgettable.
“Runaway Train” from Soul Asylum – it was a huge hit around the world. I remember very well how often this was played on the radio. I was not really a viewer of television music channels, but I do recall learning about the powerful video featuring images of real children who were missing. I won’t share it with you here, because it is rather depressing, but Wikipedia details the outcome of some of the cases of missing children – which are sadly mostly sinister.
I prefer to hark back to the poignant lyrics. Writer David Pirner was apparently motivated by his own experience with depression, and I really do admire when a person take something from a very dark place and can create something so relatable to so many other people. The track has become quite legendary, and can still move me even to this day, almost thirty years since I first heard it.
Credits: David Pirner
Call you up in the middle of the night Like a firefly without a light You were there like a blowtorch burning I was a key that could use a little turning So tired that I couldn't even sleep So many secrets I couldn't keep Promised myself I wouldn't weep One more promise I couldn't keep It seems no one can help me now I'm in too deep There's no way out This time I have really lead myself astray Runaway train never going back Wrong way on a one-way track Seems like I should be getting somewhere Somehow I'm neither here nor there Can you help me remember how to smile? Make it somehow all seem worthwhile How on earth did I get so jaded? Life's mysteries seem so faded I can go where no one else can go I know what no one else knows Here I am, just drowning in the rain With a ticket for a runaway train And everything seems cut and dry Day and night Earth and sky Somehow I just don't believe it Runaway train never going back Wrong way on a one-way track Seems like I should be getting somewhere Somehow I'm neither here nor there Bought a ticket for a runaway train Like a madman laughing at the rain A little out of touch, a little insane It's just easier than dealing with the pain Runaway train never going back Wrong way on a one-way track Seems like I should be getting somewhere Somehow I'm neither here nor there Runaway train never coming back Runaway train tearing up the track Runaway train burning in my veins I run away but it always seems the same