Like A Madman Laughing At The Rain

Like A Madman Laughing At The Rain

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

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