George Strait - Run (Lyrics) - YouTube

About the song

Ah, yes, George Strait’s “Run”. A modern classic, wouldn’t you agree? Released in September 2001, it became the lead single for his album The Road Less Traveled. Now, Strait is a legend in the world of country music. Debuting in the 1980s, he’s known for his smooth vocals, his signature brand of Texas Country, and his dedication to traditional songwriting. “Run” exemplifies all of these qualities.

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But what truly elevates “Run” is its ability to capture a complex human emotion – a yearning for connection that transcends physical distance. Written by Anthony Smith and Tony Lane, the song doesn’t rely on elaborate metaphors or flowery language. Instead, it uses straightforward imagery and relatable situations to paint a vivid picture.

Now, some might argue it’s a simple love song, a plea from a man longing for his woman. And that’s certainly a valid interpretation. The opening line, “She’s a hundred miles and a heart beat away,” immediately establishes the physical separation. We can practically feel the ache in Strait’s voice as he sings about missing her touch, the way her laughter fills the room.

There’s a subtle desperation too, a plea in the repeated chorus: “Run, run, come find me, darling, run.” It’s not just about wanting her back; it’s about the need for that connection, that feeling of wholeness that only she can bring.

But here’s where “Run” transcends the typical love song. Listen closely to the verses. There are hints that this distance might be metaphorical as well. He talks about “walls closing in” and “a life half lived without you.” These could be literal references to a long-distance relationship, but they could also represent a feeling of emotional isolation, a longing for a deeper connection that’s missing in his life.

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The beauty of “Run” lies in its ambiguity. It allows the listener to project their own experiences onto the song. Perhaps it reminds you of a lost love, a friend who’s moved away, or even a dream you haven’t quite dared to chase. The song becomes a vessel for our own yearning, for that universal human desire to bridge the gaps, physical or emotional, and find solace in connection.

And that’s why “Run” continues to resonate with audiences over two decades after its release. It’s a testament to Strait’s artistry and the enduring power of great country songwriting. So, let’s settle in and get ready to be swept away by this timeless ballad.

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Lyrics

“Run”

If there’s a plane or a bus leaving Dallas
I hope you’re on it
If there’s a train moving fast down the tracks
I hope you caught it

Cause I swear out there ain’t where you ought to be
So catch a ride, catch a cab
Don’t you know I miss you bad
But don’t you walk to me

Baby run, cut a path across the blue skies
Straight in a straight line
You can’t get here fast enough

Find a truck and fire it up
Lean on the gas and off the clutch
Leave Dallas in the dust
I need you in a rush
So baby run

If you ain’t got a suit case
Get a box or an old brown paper sack
And pack it light or pack it heavy
Take a truck, take a Chevy
Baby just come back

There’s a shortcut to the highway out of town
Why don’t you take it
Don’t let that speed limit slow you down
Go on and break it

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Baby run, cut a path across the blue skies
Straight in a straight line
You can’t get here fast enough

Find a truck and fire it up
Lean on the gas and off the clutch
Leave Dallas in the dust
I need you in a rush
So baby run

Baby run
Oh baby run
Baby run