The Airborne Toxic Event frontman Mikel Jollett was born and raised in an experimental commune society called Synanon. Subjected to a childhood filled with poverty and emotional abuse, he ran away from home at the age of 11. This song chronicles his attempt to escape his difficult upbringing.
Black lungs, headlights, heading off to the city tonight
Out the front door, turn right, I was alone, alright alright alright
I wonder what they'll think of me. I'll run away, run away
Said Jollett: "It's a funny thing about child abuse that when you're still a kid you often don't even know it happened to you because of all the reinforcing narratives around you: that your feelings don't matter, that you're overreacting, that somehow you are in the wrong for being upset. That is all part of the abuse."