Young Hearts Run Free

Album: Young Hearts Run Free (1976)
Charted: 2 20
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Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Los Angeles-based songwriter/producer David Crawford at a time when Candi Staton was being forced to endure an abusive marriage to her third husband, Tyrone Davis' former promoter. This song about marital grief was inspired by the stories that Candi told him about her difficult life with her husband. Candi Staton recalls: "We would sit down and I would tell him the horrors I was going through in the marriage I was trying to get out of. I would bring David incidents, and little did I know he was making mental notes and writing all that stuff down." (courtesy: candi-staton.com)
  • In 1999 a re-recorded version peaked at #29 in the UK. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Michele from TnI understand why Candi feels it is difficult to leave when a child is involved. It adds a whole additional layer to consider.
    The song is SO inspirational! Thank you Candi.
  • Sandy from FlThis is a great, inspiring song. I had a feeling it was based on real life, even before I read the bio. The lyrics are just too hard-hitting, not to be. Reminds me of my first (bad) marriage. But I don't understand why Candi Staton was "trying" to get out of an abusive marriage. Unless you're being physically held, you walk away. No "trying" involved.
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