Same.

I have a pretty wide range in music taste; in fact, pretty much the only thing I can’t get into is Pitbull and country music written post-1975. I used to hate rap with a passion, but Oceane has since infected me with her love for Fresh Prince and Childish Gambino. I’ll go from humming smooth 20’s jazz to very poorly rapping under my breath (a habit which warrants the strange looks I get from my mother.) With so many unrelated, contradictory beats coarsing through my head, it’s a wonder I’m even able to have a Jamadoo for more than 24 hours.

And yet here I am, about to profess my fleeting, shallow love for the best song of the day at 3:01 am in the freaking morning because I can’t get this song out of my head.

“Runaway” by AURORA from All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend

I was listening to the ocean
I saw a face in the sand
But when I picked it up
Then it vanished away from my hands
I had a dream I was seven
Climbing my way in a tree
I saw a piece of heaven
Waiting, impatient, for me

And I was running far away
Would I run off the world someday?
Nobody knows, nobody knows
And I was dancing in the rain
I felt alive and I can’t complain
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I can’t take it anymore

I was painting a picture
The picture was a painting of you
And for a moment I thought you were here
But then again, it wasn’t true
And all this time I have been lying
Oh, lying in secret to myself
I’ve been putting sorrow on the farest place on my shelf

And I was running far away
Would I run off the world someday?
Nobody knows, nobody knows
And I was dancing in the rain
I felt alive and I can’t complain
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go
Now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go
Now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I can’t take it anymore

But I kept running for a soft place to fall
And I kept running for a soft place to fall
And I kept running for a soft place to fall
And I kept running for a soft place to fall

And I was running far away
Would I run off the world someday?
But now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go
Now take me home
Take me home where I belong
I got no other place to go

Now take me home, home where I belong
Now take me home, home where I belong
Now take me home, home where I belong
Now take me home, home where I belong

I can’t take it anymore

I don’t honestly know how I found this song, but it’s been playing on a loop in my head since I first heard it’s cool harmonies. It’s not my usual style: I usually go for lower voices/oldies. Still, I stalked her other albums and they’re all pretty good.

My favorite thing about this song is how cyclical it is. The music never stops, but keeps going around and around the entire time. There aren’t many rests which is fun. Actually it kind of reminds me of a merry-go-round, except she’s singing about the complexities of human existence and other not circus-y stuff. Most of her songs are like this, combining exciting melodies with existential crises. Honestly, same.

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14 thoughts on “Same.

  1. I usually decide what song to listen to by fast forwarding it to the middle and seeing if there a good beat, as I like drowning out all my thoughts and just grooving with the music. However, I was automatically entranced with this song as soon as it started. It was strangely captivating, and as soon as her voice started I fell in love. She seems to be one of the ones Like you, this is totally not my typical jam. (I’ve been really into Latin and salsa inspired music lately). But like you, I can see myself listening to this song on repeat. Thanks for the introduction!

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  2. This is a beautiful song. In addition to providing excellent vocals and “exciting melodies,” Runaway perfectly describes the feeling of searching for your place in the world. I like how the song tells a story of personal growth, beginning with ambiguous memories of childhood and ending with self-acceptance in adulthood. The lyrics, “would I run off the world someday? Nobody knows, nobody knows” accurately convey the confusion associated with the future. As seniors in high school, we face the uncertainties of beginning our adult lives, and this song makes me feel better about the future. I appreciate how this song subtly encourages the listener to embrace change and uncertainty in life. Great job on this post!
    -Alanna

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  3. Wow this song is so entrancing and beautiful. As soon as the song started it was so entrancing, and as of now I’ve listened to it three times on repeat. The song really draws comparison to live, with the idea of the circular feel of the song, I guess the end of the song is death? I don’t know something about “And I kept running for a soft place to fall” really hit me.

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