No More Runnin
Animal Collective Lyrics


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No more running
Says my mind
All this movement
Has just proved
Your kisses are too fine
Hold the honey that I see
Friends I once had
Turn their thoughts away from me

No more running
I've got to be
On back porches
With a torch
Of a fire fly lit tree

It's what I hoped for
It's what I hoped for

No more running
No more running

I lock my bones and
Trip my feet
I told them
Ill find a place to be

You stink like candy
In your teeth
When you
Leave your face with me

No more running
Says my mind
All this movement
Has just proved
Your kisses are too fine

It's what I hoped for
It's what I hoped for





No more running [Repeat: x4]

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Animal Collective's "No More Runnin'" are cryptic and open to interpretation. The majority of the song's first two verses seem to be about the futility of constantly running away from one's problems. The line "all this movement has just proved your kisses are too fine" implies that the subject has been running from a romantic relationship, but they now realize that they don't want to run anymore because they can't resist the allure of their partner's affection ("your kisses"). The subject is left feeling lonely ("friends I once had turn their thoughts away from me") and seeks a comfortable place to settle down ("on back porches with a torch of a firefly lit tree").


The next verse suggests that the subject needs to find a place where they belong and will no longer feel the need to run away. The line "I told them I'll find a place to be" reinforces this notion. The final verse once again emphasizes that running from one's problems is a fruitless endeavor, as the subject realizes that they've been mistaking their partner's sweetness ("you stink like candy in your teeth") for something that's shallow and ultimately unsatisfying ("when you leave your face with me").


Overall, "No More Runnin'" seems to be about the realization that one can't keep running away from their problems and that ultimately, they need to find a place where they belong and can find true authentic relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

No more running
The singer's mind has decided to stop running away from something


Says my mind
The decision to stop running was made by the singer's mind


All this movement
The singer has been moving around a lot


Has just proved
The movement has shown something to be true


Your kisses are too fine
The reason for running away is the temptation of the person's kisses


Hold the honey that I see
The person is so tempting that the singer wants to hold onto the idea of being with them


Friends I once had
The singer had friends in the past


Turn their thoughts away from me
The artist's friends have started to avoid them


I've got to be
The artist has decided to do something specific


On back porches
The artist wants to be somewhere specific


With a torch
The singer wants to hold a light


Of a fire fly lit tree
The artist wants to be near a tree lit up by fire flies


It's what I hoped for
The singer is happy with the idea of being where they want to be


No more running
The singer reiterates that they have decided to stop running away


I lock my bones and
The singer is physically trying to stop themselves from running away


Trip my feet
The artist is purposely making themselves stumble


I told them
The artist has spoken to someone about their decision to stay in one place


Ill find a place to be
The singer is determined to find a place they can be comfortable and content in


You stink like candy
The person the singer is running away from smells sweet like candy


In your teeth
The sweetness is in the person's mouth


When you
This is the reason behind the sweet smell


Leave your face with me
The sweet smell stays with the artist when the person is not around


No more running [Repeat: x4]
The song ends with a repetition of the refrain




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