JACKSON BROWNE


Running On Empty Lyrics

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that'll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to, to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Honey, you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I'd love to stick around
But I'm running behind

Running on
You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find
Running behind
Running into the sun but I'm running behind

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Songwriter(s): Jackson Browne
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Dan 03/29/12,12:03
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Running on Empty by Jackson Browne, Someday by Rob Thomas and Brighter Then The Sun by Colbie Callait are three songs that seem to sum up different parts of my life. I cannot hear those songs enoough.
Karen K 07/27/12,09:12
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I was age 17 when this song was released. It has always been my personal anthem. Especially when I am running up 101 to keep my love alive.
Mourity 06/12/12,07:55
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I heard Jackson Browne some twenty years ago, I was a grad student at that time...I loved this song is at that time...and I still think its one of the greatest songs ever written....
Mark Alan 02/17/12,23:38
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The best road song. Having run on empty at times, it is a song about life, as I get older I'm 60 it means more each time I hear it. Kinda sums up the past, lets me think its gonna be alright.
Dennis 02/01/12,18:24
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Definitely one of the great songs for contemplation, on the road or otherwise. Must not forget songs like The Train they call the City of New Orleans or Drift Away.
Patrick 01/06/12,13:57
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Always gets me into a reflective state of mind. What a great, great song! Nothing better than to blast it on a summer drive :)
Camila 11/09/10,15:46
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The love of my life is waiting for me to find him, but he moved without a forwarding address. I will love him 'til I die. Camila
Maitland Cat 09/15/12,12:34
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It captures that point in your life when you start the transition from the headiness and heedlessness of youth to the mature recognition that everything before you has its roots in the past. This is my all-time favourite driving song
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