♫ Runaway ♫

I had every intention of playing Donna Summer’s Last Dance tonight.  I have no idea where that trail derailed, but derail it did, and somehow I have ended up about about 17 years before Summer would record her hit.  The artist … Del Shannon.  Why?  Because it’s there?

This song was released in 1961 … fifty-eight years ago … I was ten years old.  Wow.

A lot of Shannon’s songs were about broken relationships. He once said he wrote the words to this about himself because he was forever running away from relationships.  The song came about, according to Shannon, thusly …

“We were on stage and Max [Crook] hit an A minor and a G and I said, ‘Max, play that again, it’s a great change.'” The drummer, Dick Parker, followed them and after 15 minutes, the manager of the club shouted, ‘Knock it off, play something else.’ That night I went back to the club and I told Max to play an instrumental on his musitron for the middle part, and when he played that solo, we had ‘Runaway.'”

This was Shannon’s biggest hit. His career trailed off a few years later, and sadly he killed himself in 1990.  Shannon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 1999.

Runaway
Del Shannon

As I walk along, I wonder
A what went wrong whit our love
A love that was so strong

And as I still walk on
I think of the thing’s we’ve done
Together, while our hearts were young

I’m a walkin’ in the rain
Tears are fallin’ and I feel a pain
A wishin’ you were here by me
To end this misery

And I wonder, I wa wa wa wa wonder
Why a why why why why why
She ran away
And I wonder where she will stay
My little runaway
My run run run run runaway

I’m a walkin’ in the rain
Tears are fallin’ and I feel a pain
A wishin’ you were here by me
To end this misery

And I wonder, I wa wa wa wa wonder
Why a why why why why why
She ran awayway
And I wonder where she will stay
My little runaway
A run run run run
Runaway

Songwriters: Del Shannon, Max Crook
Publisher: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

26 thoughts on “♫ Runaway ♫

  1. One of the great rock and roll songs. Maybank and I love to play it. I might have posted it, but we never get it to sound right, what with that happy organ, and also to sing like Del Shannon.

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  2. I was 20 in 1961. I remembered the song but didn’t realize it was that old. There must have been a lot of new gym floors in those days as there were a lot of sock hops. Where I went to school they also had rubber matting around the edge. I remember that as I slid on it and hit my head a thump on the sliding doors under the stage. A good thing it wasn’t on the edge of the stage as I probably wouldn’t be here. We were playing a stupid relay race in gym class. 🙂 Suzanne

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  3. I was 20 in 1961. I remembered the song but didn’t realize it was that old. There must have been a lot of new gym floors in those days as there were a lot of sock hops. Where I went to school they also had rubber matting around the edge. I remember that as I slid on it and hit my head a thump on the sliding doors under the stage. A good thing it wasn’t on the edge of the state as I probably wouldn’t be here. We were playing a stupid relay race in gym class. 🙂 Suzanne

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    • What fun memories this song has brought back! I never did go to sock hops, or any school dances, for while I loved music, I didn’t like social settings and found I’d rather read a book. I am glad you didn’t fall off that stage!

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  4. Jill, great oldie. My wife and I actually saw Del in a fundraising concert for firefighters late in his career. Sadly, the mike was way too loud, so it drowned out the music making for a disappointing experience. When I think of Del and “Runaway,” I like the reference Tom Petty gives him in his song “Running down a dream.” Petty sings “with fhe radio playing, me and Del were singin’ little runaway, I was sublime.” Petty grew up on Del, Elvis and Roy Orbison and has honored his heroes. Keith

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    • I’m impressed by the number of artists you and your wife have seen in person! Del Shannon … who knew? Too bad it wasn’t better managed, though. I don’t think I’ve heard that song by Tom Petty … but then, you know I’m terrible about remembering titles … I’ll have to give it a listen. Roy Orbison … Pretty Woman … wow, I hadn’t thought of him in years!

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