♫ Take It On The Run ♫

Released in 1981, this is probably my favourite REO Speedwagon song.  I say ‘probably’, for if you ask me on another day, it might be Take it on the Run … I’m subject to change my mind according to mood of the moment! 

The song was written by lead guitarist Gary Richrath. Take It on the Run was the follow-up single behind the group’s number one hit, Keep on Loving You.

Said Richrath of the song’s origins …

“When I wrote that, I woke up one night, half asleep, and sat down in front of the TV. There was a soap opera on it. I was just sitting there, strumming a guitar, thinking, ‘God, these guys’ relationships are worse than mine.’ I just sat there and sang vocals about the effects of gossip and relationships breaking up, which was what was on the tube and all that was similar to what was going on in my life.”

This song peaked on the Hot 100 on May 30, 1981, a little over a month before MTV went on the air. The band shot a concert video for the song with director Jay Dubin, which was the ninth video MTV aired when the network launched on August 1, 1981. However, twelve seconds after the video started, there was a glitch and the tape cut out, a bad omen for the band, which was soon replaced on the network by more charismatic bands that made concept videos.

According to REO Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin, the original title to the song was Don’t Let Me Down. Cronin says that he insisted that the title should be Take It on the Run and that he added the line to the refrain “You’re under the gun / So you take it on the run,” which he says “either makes sense or it doesn’t, but it sure sung well and it sure rhymed, and it was a spur-of-the-moment thing that when I heard the rest of the song, that’s what I felt.”

This song reached #2 in Canada, #5 in the U.S., and #19 in the UK.

Take It On the Run
REO Speedwagon


Heard it from a friend who
Heard it from a friend who
Heard it from another you been messin’ around
They say you got a boy friend
You’re up late every weekend
They’re talkin’ about you and it’s bringin’ me down


But I know the neighborhood
And talk is cheap when the story is good
And the tales grow taller on down the line
But I’m telling you, babe
That I don’t think it’s true, babe
And even if it is keep this in mind


You take it on the run baby
If that’s the way you want it baby
Then I don’t want you around
I don’t believe it, not for a minute
You’re under the gun so you take it on the run


You’re thinking up your white lies
You’re putting on your bedroom eyes
You say you’re coming home but you won’t say when
But I can feel it coming
If you leave tonight keep running
And you need never look back again


You take it on the run baby
If that’s the way you want it baby
Then I don’t want you around
I don’t believe it, not for a minute
You’re under the gun so you take it on the run


You take it on the run baby
If that’s the way you want it baby
Then I don’t want you around
I don’t believe it, not for a minute
You’re under the gun so you take it on the run


Take it on the run baby
If that’s the way you want it baby
Then I don’t need you around
I don’t believe it, not for a minute
You’re under the gun so you take it on the run


Heard it from a friend who
Heard it from a friend who
Heard it from another you been messin’ around


Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Gary Dean Richrath
Take It On the Run lyrics © Hori Pro Entertainment Group

10 thoughts on “♫ Take It On The Run ♫

  1. Video not available in my Country it says so I went in search of another source. I liked Keep on Loving You but for me this one doesn’t stack up well beside that. The 80’s have some fantastic sounds but this is almost in my Dead Zone of the 70’s.
    Cwtch

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    • I’m sorry … I never know when I choose a video if it will be available in Canada or the UK, until somebody tells me. Also sorry you didn’t much care for the song … your “Dead Zone of the 70s”, eh? Pretty bad! I’ll see if I can do better next time. 😉
      Cwtch

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  2. Good song, for sure, but may I suggest “Don’t Let Him Go,” “Time For Me to Fly,” and “Roll With the Changes” as additional selections? The latter two come from an album with one of my all-time favorite titles, “You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can’t Tuna Fish.” Seriously.

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