Runaway Train – 1993

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“Call you up in the middle of the night
like a firefly without a light
you were there like a blowtorch 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 lead myself astray

Runaway train, never goin’ 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 mysteries seem 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

And everything seems cut and dry
day and night
earth and sky
somehow I just don’t believe it

Runaway train, never goin’ 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 laughing at the rain
little out of touch, little insane
it’s just easier than dealing with the pain

Runaway train, never goin’ 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
I run away but it always seems the same”

–  Soul Asylum, 1993

Posted by Sarah Jayne

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