Run Like a Child

Story Behind The Song

This has a very definite inspiration. My wife's grandmother developed rheumatoid arthritis, affecting her severely at the end of her life by making her unable to use her limbs. The idea of imagining her run like a child again seemed to be a way of transcending her condition. Her spirituality was very close to the surface in her and I wanted this reflected in the lyrics.

Song Description

This is meant to be a rock ballad on spirituality and the idea of mentally dealing with adversity -- specifically, of extreme infirmity. I wrote the lyrics imagining sort of a mental state that drives children to run blindly, more from compulsion than purpose, and how it might be an attractive memory for someone who was unable to move much. As for the music, I tried to create a moving and original chord sequence to support a simple, natural melody. The recording is dominated by amelodic bass, organ and an affecting violin part.

Song Length 4:19 Genre Rock - Roots/Rock n' Roll, Folk - Alternative
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Poignant, Serene Subject Spirituality, Healing
Similar Artists The Band, Wilco Language English
Era 2000 and later


Run like a child, through the wild, untamed fields within your heart,
Run like a child, breathe the cool air feel the emptiness depart.
There is no sadness that can touch you there,
Between the gravel roads and breeze that blows your hair.
Just unlock the door, step out and run away,
Just run away.

Run like a child, run like the hand of death will grab you when you stop,
Run like a child, no destination, you just run until you drop.
Take back those expert lies that you were sold,
Believe the truth in every story you've been told.
Just unlock the door, step out and run away,
Just run away.

Run like a child, though you have not run since you once lost your way.
Run like a child, into the blinding sun of your first freedom day.
Straining against the vise of circumstance,
Go where your mind and body fuse in a spirit's trance.
Just unlock the door, step out and run away,
Just run away.

Lyrics Marc Alberts Music Marc Alberts, Andrew Beaumont, Tom Cox, Chris DeMay
Producer Jay Bennett, Chris DeMay and West of Rome Publisher Prairie Wind Howl Music, ASCAP
Performance Marc Alberts - lead vocal, organ; Chris DeMay - acoustic guitar; vocal; Tom Cox - bass; Andrew Beaumont - drums; Chris Bain - violin; Jay Bennett - piano; Michelle Anthony - vocal Label Slothtrop Records
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