Runaway Train

Album: Grave Dancers Union (1992)
Charted: 7 5
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  • Call you up in the middle of the night
    Like a firefly without a light
    You were there like a slow torch 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 led 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 mystery seems so faded

    I can go where no one else can go
    I know what no one else knows
    Here I am just drownin' in the rain
    With a ticket for a runaway train

    Everything is 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 laughin' at the rain
    Little out of touch, little insane
    Just easier than dealing with the pain

    Runaway train never comin' 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 comin' back
    Runaway train tearin' up the track
    Runaway train burnin' in my veins
    Runaway but it always seems the same Writer/s: David Pirner
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Nickster from Minneapolis, MnI really thought it was Tom Petty for a long time.
  • Danleichty from Rochester, MnMy dad and I saw them in concert. They are a great band.
  • Heather from White Bear Lake, Mni love this song! great tune
  • Rachael from Melbourne, AustraliaI loved this song when it first came out. It did take on new meaning for me though, when I watched the film clip years later and recognised the name and image of one of the victims of the backpacker killer in Australia. I believe the picture has since been removed from the clip, but it brought home to me that people may not just run away.
  • Kevin from Reading , PaThese guys actually did a decent cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic "Dreams," which sounded like a strange cover song for a 90s alternative band. Don't know too much else by this band, which I presume are long gone from the scene.
  • Sherrad from South Bend, InLove Love love this song. In times of my life, I have felt like that runaway train....just screwing up everything put in front of me.....
  • Bertrand from Paris, FranceSoul Asylum shot to the top of the ranks of alt-rock bands with this folkish classic. The video for "Runaway Train" was accompanied by advertisements about missing children serving a powerful public service. Many alt-rock fans abandoned Soul Asylum as having sold out to the mainstream, but pop fans pushed "Runaway Train" to #5 on the chart, and it became a well-deserved classic.
  • Allison from Dearborn, MiI love this song,as odd as it may seem it helps me when I feel upset. These lyrics are amazing, they can relate to everyone in someway.
  • Tom from Hershey, PaGreat song and GREAT BAND, please add more of their stuff to songfacts
  • Bryan from Spring, TxThis song was the jam back in eighth grade.
  • Eric from Vancouver, CanadaThis song actually first appeared on "Grave Dancers Union" in 1992
  • Patrick from Humboldt, Iavery good song
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