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Run-Around
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

Once upon a midnight dearie
I woke with something in my head
I couldn't escape the memory
Of a phone call and of what you said
Like a game show contestant with a parting gift
I could not believe my eyes
When I saw through the voice of a trusted friend
Who needs to humor me and tell me lies
Yeah humor me and tell me lies
And I'll lie too and say I don't mind
And as we seek so shall we find
And when you're feeling open I'll still be here
But not without a certain degree of fear
Of what will be with you and me
I still can see things hopefully

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

And shake me and my confidence
About a great many things
But I've been there I can see it cower
Like a nervous magician waiting in the wings
Of a bad play where the heroes are right
And nobody thinks or expects too much
And Hollywood's calling for the movie rights
Singing "hey babe let's keep in touch"
Hey baby let's keep in touch
But I want more than a touch I want you to reach me
And show me all the things no one else can see
So what you feel becomes mine as well
And soon if we're lucky we'd be unable to tell
What's yours and mine the fishing's fine
And it doesn't have to rhyme so don't you feed me a line

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

Tra la la la la bomba dear this is the pilot speaking
And I've got some news for you
It seems my ship still stands no matter what you drop
And there ain't a whole lot that you can do
Oh sure the banner may be torn and the wind's gotten colder
Perhaps I've grown a little cynical
But I know no matter what the waitress brings
I shall drink in and always be full
My cup shall always be full


Oh I like coffee
And I like tea

I'd like to be able to enter a final plea
I still got this dream that you just can't shake
I love you to the point you can no longer take
Well all right okay
So be that way
I hope and pray
That there's something left to say

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

But you
Why you wanna give me a run-around
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down

1994 Blues Traveler Publishing Corporation

First release: Blues for the Mitten State
Released: 05/02/1993
Earliest time played: 06/24/1993
Last time played: 10/17/2013
Playing frequency:
  997 plays (see all shows)
  53.66% of shows in the database
  67.27% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  Made it as high as #4 on the Billboard Top 40, and #2 on the Adult Top 40 in 1995. Finally hit #1 on the Adult Top Recurrents in 1996.
  Won Blues Traveler their first Grammy award in 1995 for "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal".
  This song is about an argument John had with a female friend of his. He later wrote about her again in "Felicia".
  This song was originally written much more slowly and depressed, but got sped up before they recorded it.

Other recordings of "Run-Around":
  four, 1994
  Jones for the Blues, 1994
  Run-Around, 1994
  Album Network Rock Tuneup #124, 1994
  How Many Cats Can You Fit in a Bucket?, 1994
  The Interrupting Cow, 1994
  Four studio tape, 1994
  Run-Around, 1995
  Run-Around, 1995
  Run-Around/Trust in Trust, 1995
  Run-Around/Hook, 1995
  Run-Around/Save His Soul/Escaping, 1995
  Hook, 1995
  Hook/Run-Around, 1995
  Run-Around, 1995
  Sweet Pain and...Blues, 1995
  Chunky but Funky, 1995
  Chunky but Funky, 1995
  Blues Traveler 95', 1995
  Hit Zone 2, 1995
  KFOG CD Sampler 2, 1995
  KRBE New Music Sampler, 1995
  KZON Collectibles, Vol. 3, 1995
  Anthems - 16 All-Time Greats, 1995
  Helluvadisc 3, 1995
  Hits Post Modern Syndrome, 1995
  Nu Rock Traxx, Vol. 49, 1995
  Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, 9/30/95, 1995
  Top Hits RH30, 1995
  Virtually Alternative, 1995
  Network 77, 1995
  Polydor Brighton Conference 1995, 1995
  Promohits, 1995
  All Hits, volume 8010, 1995
  Live From The Fall, 1996
  The Truth about Cats and Dogs [Motion Picture Soundtrack], 1996
  VH-1 Crossroads, 1996
  A Year in Review: A Compilation of the Best Rock in 1996, 1997
  Eleven from the Kingdom, 1997
  Sybersound Dance Mixes, Vol. 1, 1998
  Party Tyme, 1998
  And There's Blood In The Water, 1998
  Gavin Video Magazine #10, 2001
  MTV 20th Anniversary DVD/CD, 2001
  Travelogue: Blues Traveler Classics, 2002
  Cover Yourself, 2007
  North Hollywood Shootout, 2008
  25, 2012
  25, 2012


Once upon a midnight dearie
Echoes of the first line of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven": "Once upon a midnight dreary/While I pondered, weak and weary"
Like a game show contestant with a parting gift/I could not believe my eyes
Contestants on a game show that do not win the big prize are often given "parting gifts" to ease the pain of losing, but the parting gift is a longstanding tradition as a way for a gracious guest to show appreciation for hospitality or service.
And as we seek so shall we find
A modified quote from the Bible, Matthew, chapter 7 verse 7: "Seek and ye shall find".
Tra la la la la bomba dear this is the pilot speaking
A double play on "La Bamba", the 1959 Ritchie Valens hit, as well as the common warplane conversation wherein the pilot would alert the bombardier as to the location of the desired target.
I shall drink in and always be full/My cup shall always be full
A possible reference to the 23rd Psalm of the Bible, "my cup runneth over".
Oh I like coffee/And I like tea
Patterned on the opening lines of "Java Jive", a smash hit for the Ink Spots in 1940: "I love coffee/I love tea/I love the Java Jive/And it loves me".