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Runaway
Small Faces Lyrics


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I've seen the world, been to many places
Made lots of friends, many different races
I've had such fun around the world it's true
African skies with a Nairobi mood
I fell asleep in Tuscany and dreamed
The one thing missing was you

Runaway with me my love,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Runaway with me my love,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I woke up with an Australian breeze
And danced the dance with Aborigines
Oh under the moon glow down in Mexico I dreamed
One thing was missing that's you

Runaway with me my love,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Runaway with me my love,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

We'll sail the waters of many colors
We won't need a compass, love will guide our way
Don't need nobody, as long as we got each other
No need to hurry, we've got everyday
I wanna share the world with you, you see
Spring time in Paris feels so good to me
Oh this is for me reality
So please make all my wishes come true

Runaway with me my love,
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

And I just know we'll have a good time
And I just know we'll have a good time

Overall Meaning

Small Faces's Runaway is a song about a person who has traveled the world, experienced different cultures, and made many friends but feels incomplete without their loved one with them. The opening verse talks about his experiences in different parts of the world, such as the African skies in Nairobi and the Tuscany hills in Italy where he falls asleep and dreams of his love. The chorus repeats the idea of running away with his lover, emphasizing the importance of being together.


The second verse starts with waking up in Australia and dancing with the Aborigines, continuing to express his desire for his lover's presence. The song continues with the idea of sailing the waters and exploring different parts of the world. The closing line is about wanting to share his experiences with his lover and hoping that they can make their wishes come true.


Overall, Runaway is a love song that celebrates the idea of sharing experiences and traveling the world with someone you love. The song's upbeat and cheerful tempo complement the lyrics, creating a vibe of adventure, excitement, and freedom.


Line by Line Meaning

I've seen the world, been to many places
I've traveled the world and visited various destinations


Made lots of friends, many different races
I've made numerous friends, of diverse ethnicities


I've had such fun around the world it's true
I've had fun in those places, it's no lie


African skies with a Nairobi mood
The African skies had a particular ambiance in Nairobi


I fell asleep in Tuscany and dreamed
I fell asleep in Tuscany and had a dream


The one thing missing was you
You were the only thing missing from that dream


Runaway with me my love,
Come away with me, my love,


Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm excited about it


I woke up with an Australian breeze
I awakened to an Australian breeze


And danced the dance with Aborigines
I joined in the traditional dance with the indigenous people


Oh under the moon glow down in Mexico I dreamed
I dreamt under the moonlight in Mexico


One thing was missing that's you
You were the only one missing from that dream


We'll sail the waters of many colors
We'll sail in diverse waters


We won't need a compass, love will guide our way
We'll rely on love to navigate, won't require a compass


Don't need nobody, as long as we got each other
We don't require anybody else, as long as we have each other


No need to hurry, we've got everyday
There's no need to be in a hurry, we have time to spare


I wanna share the world with you, you see
I want to explore and experience the world with you


Spring time in Paris feels so good to me
Paris is delightful, especially in the springtime


Oh this is for me reality
This is my reality


So please make all my wishes come true
Please help me make my dreams come true


And I just know we'll have a good time
I'm confident we'll have a great time




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Del Shannon, Max D. Crook

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Comments from YouTube:

TheGreentreesMusic

freaking amazing version! i've loved this version for the last 25 years, to me it's like a benchmark for a great cover, love the rolling drums, the singing, the riffs, the chaos, the bongos, the opening is hilarious! energy is phenomenol!

Alison Hammill

I have never heard this before by the Small Faces - certainly I have by Del Shannon. Steve and the band though never fail to put their mark on a song and to great effect. Steve's voice never, never fails - magic, always magic. Alison

HUMBLPI3

Another great cover by Steve. Can you imagine this guy in a bar today doing kareoke. I pity the person who would have to follow him in the rotation. He's the best ever!!!

Amandeep Nagpal

Beautiful...amazingly sung..Steve at his best like always

Darren thorne

Still 1 of my favourite tracks by the S/F all be it not 1 of their own ........Steve Marriott could of sang the telephone directory and made it sound good

Barnaby Hughes

This is the best version of this song, love the soul and energy of it.

Cook moore

I keep finding new ones! Awesome work with that bellowing voice, Stevie!!! The theater groover man!

AJ Doubleu

Is there any song he doesn't sing bad. Nailed it whatever he sang x

Christa Can

Never heard this before..Fantasic stuff.. Thanks Seeker. :-)

jackemlyn062

This is how to do a cover. Blow the original away !!

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