Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jackson Browne: Running On Empty



Jackson Browne performs a classic rock song, "Running on Empty," which he recorded in August 1977. Rolling Stone ranked it at number 492 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." When I first heard this song in early 1978, I was 20, in my first year of engineering school, and had many plans for the future. Everyone I know, everywhere I go / People need some reason to believe says in its simplicity a profound thought of being.

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Written by: Jackson Browne
Recorded: August 27, 1977: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia Maryland
Released: December 6, 1977
Album: Running on Empty
Label: Elektra/Asylum Records

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Running on Empty
by Jackson Browne

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that'll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to, to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Honey, you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I'd love to stick around
But I'm running behind

Running on
You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find
Running behind
Running into the sun but I'm running behind

Running on Empty by Jackson Browne, 1977
Source: Wikipedia

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