Nowhere to Run
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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Nowhere to run to, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Nowhere to hide

It's not love, I'm running from
It's the heartbreak I know will come
'Cause I know you're no good for me (you're no good for me)
But you've become a part of me

Everywhere I go, your face I see
Every step I take, you take with me, yeah

Nowhere to run to, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Nowhere to hide

I know you're no good for me
But free of you I'll never be, no

Each night as I sleep, into my heart you creep
I wake up feelin' sorry I met you
Hoping soon that I'll forget you
When I look in the mirror to comb my hair
I see your face just smiling there, yeah

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide (from you, baby)
Got nowhere to run to, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Nowhere to hide

I know you're no good for me
But you've become a part of me

How can I fight a love that shouldn't be?
When it's so deep, so deep, deep inside of me
My love reaches so high I can't get over it
It's so wide I can't get around it, no

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from you, baby
Just can't get away from you, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
No matter how I try to

I know you're no good for me
But free of you I'll never be

Nowhere to run to, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Nowhere to hide (nowhere to hide)
I got nowhere to run to, baby (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Nowhere to hide (nowhere to hide)




Got nowhere to run (nowhere to run, nowhere to hide)
Got nowhere to hide

Overall Meaning

In Martha Reeves & The Vandellas's hit song "Nowhere To Run," the singer sings about being trapped in a tumultuous romance. The opening lines of the chorus, "Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide / Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide," suggest a sense of desperation and a feeling of being caged in. The lyrics continue to describe the singer's struggle to escape the heartbreak that they know will come. Though they recognize that their partner is no good for them, they can't seem to shake them off, and they've become a part of them. Everywhere they go, they see their partner's face, and every step they take, their partner is there. The singer is constantly haunted by their lover, and they can't seem to find a way out.


The second half of the song's lyrics continue with the same theme of entrapment. Each night when the singer sleeps, their partner crawls into their heart. Even when they wake up, they can't seem to shake off their partner's memories: "When I look in the mirror to comb my hair / I see your face just a smiling there." The lyrics suggest that the singer is emotionally attached to their partner, even though they know it's not good for them. The song suggests that the singer is in a bind, unable to escape the clutches of their lover, and is resigned to the fact that they may never be free from them.


Line by Line Meaning

Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
Feeling trapped and exposed


Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide.
Feeling helpless and vulnerable


It's not love, I'm a running from,
Not wanting to escape love


It's the heartbreak I know will come.
Fearing pain and loss


'Cause I know you're no good for me, but you've become a part of me.
Recognizing a toxic relationship


Ev'rywhere I go, your face I see, ev'ry step I take, you take with me yeah
Constantly haunted by memories of the person


I know you're not good for me, but free of you I'll never be, no.
Feeling trapped, unable to escape


Each night as I sleep, into my heart you creep.
Unable to escape their presence, even in dreams


I wake up feelin' sorry I met you, hoping soon that I'll forget you.
Regretting meeting the person and longing to forget them


When I look in the mirror to comb my hair, I see your face just a smiling there.
Feeling like the person is everywhere and in everything


My love reaches so high I can't get over it, It's so wide I can't get around it, no
Feeling trapped by the intensity of their love


Just can't get away from you baby, no matter how I try to
Unable to escape their presence


Nowhere to run to baby, nowhere to hide, got nowhere to run to baby.
Feeling trapped and exposed, unable to escape the situation




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Edward Jr. Holland, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland

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I start Spring Cleaning tomorrow and my stereo is going to get abused with Martha, Aretha, Motown and Northern Soul.( if you are familiar with the Northern Soul Genre) Nothing under 50 years old and I am going to literally shake the house as I clean (unless I blow my speakers, which would be a really bad day) Don't know about my hips being loosened, but I could have very well dislocated them by the end of the day. lol.

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The best Motown tunes ever. Great lyrics, great orchestration, great musicians, and of course great vocalists.

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the Funks could make Micky Mouse sound good

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@kdiamonds

No matter where I am or what I'm doing, whenever this song comes on I get emotional and goosebumps, unfailingly. Can't explain. Great song

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Climate change is not helping. I know this song is about love, but the refrain has gotten to be right haunting.

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@@KittyKat-bf8bk never thought about it like that, you're right though, to be fair you can also say the say about Judgement Day etc., But it's a love song, just listen to it for what it is I think that's best

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Yeo. I just get up and dance!

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