I Run To You

Album: Lady Antebellum (2008)
Charted: 27
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  • This profession of love was written by Tom Douglas together with the three members of Lady Antebellum. Douglas' resume includes credits for "Let It Go" by Tim McGraw and "How Cool is That" by Andy Griggs.
  • Co-Producer Paul Worley said on the album's liner notes: "The song is an expression against hate, prejudice, negativity, running the rat race, but ultimately the redemption of love! And it has an irresistible melody and a head-bobbing groove. What could be better?"
  • This was Lady Antebellum's first #1 on the Hot Country Songs Chart. The track took 26 weeks to climb to the top, the longest ascent since James Otto's "Just Got Started Lovin' You" stepped up to the summit in its 29th week, on the May 17, 2008 list.
  • Tom Douglas told AOL's The Boot, the story of the song: "We got together in the fall of 2007 at my house. We'd never met before, although I'd certainly heard their demos and knew they were real singers and songwriters. When you write with artists like that, they're looking for certain slots for certain songs. Dave and Charles are great writers and we just started kicking around the idea. I'm not sure who had the idea - it might have been me, because I had run in a race a few days before we got together. There was a guy running in front of me, and he had this thing on his T-shirt that said 'I run this town.' I put that idea in the back of my mind. I told them about the T-shirt because I thought it was an interesting concept - I run. So then we started talking about 'I run this' and 'I run that.'

    The thing that's interesting about Lady Antebellum, there are some words in the song like 'pessimist,' 'prejudice' and 'hate.' A lot of artists would be reluctant to use those words. Even though they roll off the tongue, they're kind of message-y. But Lady Antebellum was willing to embrace those concepts. That's probably what I loved most about the song - they're willing to say some things that are difficult to say. Most people will tell you to write for the quintessential guy on the bar stool, and not get above his head. I think that guy is a lot smarter than we give him credit for. This song has a pretty intelligent, mature lyric and I think the guy on the bar stool got it. Our experiences are pretty universal, and I think he wants to run from prejudice and pessimists just like I do. You don't have to have an MBA from Harvard to feel that kind of thing, it's all pretty universal.

    I heard the song soon after they recorded it. The reason I'm writing songs today is because of Paul Worley, who is their producer. He called me and had me come by the studio and he played a rough mix of it for me. I was knocked out because of the unusual approach of the introduction and the B-3 organ. The whole thing is a different sounding record to me, but that is the magic of Paul Worley. The song sounded nothing like the demo. It was a good song but Paul made it a great record. And the group's members are great singers, great writers and they look great. So as long as you've got that as a collaborator, that's the best of all worlds to have. It's always a thrill to be part of someone's early success like this, and being part of their first #1 has been a lot of fun."
  • This won the 2009 CMA Single of the Year Award. Lady Antebellum also snagged the Vocal Group of the Year award at the same ceremony, ending a six-year run by Rascal Flatts in that race.
  • While the trio had had two previous hits they really connected with their audience with this song. "Our fans grasped who we were with 'I Run to You,' "Hillary Scott told Billboard magazine. "The message and that song is so much about what we're about. It was like two puzzle pieces fitting together. Now you know us and we know you."
  • When asked if the lyric "When lies become the truth" was taken from a Bible passage, Douglas told Songfacts: "I don't think literally. But certainly the basis of that is [scriptural]. It almost sounds like a proverb or something from Ecclesiastes. When fools become wise and lies become truth and black becomes white, when the creation tries to become the creator."

    He continued: "It's like all those wonderful paradoxes in scripture. You've got to lose your life to save it, the last shall be first. I like things like that. You certainly see that all around. I see the hypocrisy in myself and in the culture, and it's just reflected. I'm really not making a value judgment, I'm trying not to preach, but I am commenting almost more like a journalist, I hope. Nobody likes to be preached to, and I don't, either. I try not to do it, but I probably do more than I am aware of." (Read our full interview with Tom Douglas.)
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  • Beth from N/a, VaThis is such a great song. The lyrics are fantastic, especially the line, "I run from prejudice". That's not a concept that appears too often in a country song (or even in pop songs, for that matter). Mr. Douglas' comments on writing the song were interesting to read. I like his analytical mind.
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