Run to You
Whitney Houston Lyrics


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I know that when you look at me
There's so much that you just don't see
But if you would only take the time
I know in my heart you'd find
A girl who's scared sometimes
Who isn't always strong
Can't you see the hurt in me?
I feel so all alone

I wanna run to you (ooh)
I wanna run to you (ooh)
Won't you hold me in your arms
And keep me safe from harm?
I want to run to you (ooh)
But if I come to you (ooh)
Tell me, will you stay or will you run away?

Each day, each day I play the role
Of someone always in control
But at night I come home and turn the key
There's nobody there, no one cares for me
Oh oh, what's the sense of trying hard to find your dreams
Without someone to share it with?
Tell me what does it mean

I wanna run to you (ooh)
I wanna run to you (ooh)
Won't you hold me in your arms
And keep me safe from harm?
I want to run to you (ooh)
But if I come to you (ooh)
Tell me, will you stay or will you run away?
Run away

Oh, I need you here
I need you here to wipe away my tears
To kiss away my fears
No (if you only knew) if you only knew how much

I wanna run to you (ooh)
I wanna run to you (ooh)
Won't you hold me in your arms
And keep me safe from harm?
I, I run to you (ooh)




But if I come to you, you
Tell me, will you stay or will you run away?

Overall Meaning

"Run to You" is a powerful and emotional ballad by Whitney Houston that explores the yearning for a supportive and compassionate partner who can provide comfort and safety from the harsh realities of life. The lyrics touch on the theme of vulnerability and the fear of rejection, particularly in relationships. In the opening lines, the singer highlights the disconnect between the way she appears to the world and the inner turmoil that she struggles with. She wishes that the person she loves would see the real her beneath the facade of strength and courage.


The chorus is a plea to this person to provide the kind of love that makes her feel secure and sheltered from the outside world. She wants to run to them and be enveloped by their arms, but the fear of rejection and abandonment creeps in. The lyrics suggest that she has been hurt before and wonders if this person will be different. The bridge highlights the loneliness that she feels, even though she plays the role of a strong and empowered individual during the day. The song ends with a heartfelt plea for the person to come close and share in her pain, wiping away her tears and soothing her fears.


Line by Line Meaning

I know that when you look at me
I understand that you have an image of me in your mind


There's so much that you just don't see
You're not seeing the real me


But if you would only take the time
If you made the effort to know me better


I know in my heart you'd find
You would discover that deep down inside me


A girl who's scared sometimes
I feel vulnerable and scared at times


Who isn't always strong
I'm not as strong as I may appear


Can't you see the hurt in me?
Can't you see the pain and sorrow I'm hiding?


I feel so all alone
I feel completely isolated


I wanna run to you (ooh)
I want to seek comfort in your arms


Won't you hold me in your arms
Please hold me tight and never let me go


And keep me safe from harm?
Please protect me from any danger


But if I come to you (ooh)
If I finally reach out to you


Tell me, will you stay or will you run away?
Will you be there for me or abandon me?


Each day, each day I play the role
Every day, I put on a façade


Of someone always in control
Someone who is always in charge


But at night I come home and turn the key
But at night, when I'm alone at home


There's nobody there, no one cares for me
There's nobody to care for me or love me


Oh oh, what's the sense of trying hard to find your dreams
What's the point of pursuing your dreams with all your might


Without someone to share it with?
If you don't have someone to share your life with


Tell me what does it mean
What's the significance of it all?


Oh, I need you here
I desperately need you by my side


I need you here to wipe away my tears
I need your comfort and support to ease my pain


To kiss away my fears
To help me overcome my fears with your affection


No (if you only knew) if you only knew how much
You have no idea how much I long for you


I, I run to you (ooh)
I'm running towards you for refuge and solace




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Allan Dennis Rich, Jud J. Friedman

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