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20 July 2011
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JET!
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Zig said:

OK, I think I found a way to make everyone happy. This is by no means my favorite song (not even in the top 10) but I do like the music a lot. For those of you who like the music but don't like the lyrics, I've cheered them up somewhat. Ah one, ah two, ah one two three four!

Well I'd rather see (RAINBOWS!), little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know (FUZZY SOCKS!)

You better (BUTTERFLIES!) if you can, little girl
(UNICORNS!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (KITTENS!) little girl

Well you know that I'm a (PUPPIES!) guy
And I was born with a (DAISIES!) mind
And I can't spend my whole life
Trying just to make you (BUBBLE BATH!)

You better (WALK ON THE BEACH!) if you can, little girl
(CHOCOLATE!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (PONIES!) little girl

Let this be a sermon
I mean everything I've said
Baby, I'm determined
And I'd rather see you (IN A LOVING LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP!)

You better run for your (LAMBS!) if you can, little girl
(BABY CHICKS!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (BUNNIES!) little girl

I'd rather see (PIGLETS!), little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know (SMILEY FACE!)

You better (ICE CREAM CONE!) if you can, little girl
(PANDA BEAR!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (WARM TOAST!) little girl

Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na

Excuse my digging for treasure in old sand here, but I would like to say, I laughed so hard at this I fell off my chair.

And for the record, I like the song because it's an example of John's dark humour. Or maybe not humour but it shows he's a different one…a-hard-days-night-john-6

EDIT:  THIS CALLS FOR A MAL mal-evans well done Zig.

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20 July 2011
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JET! said:

Zig said:

OK, I think I found a way to make everyone happy. This is by no means my favorite song (not even in the top 10) but I do like the music a lot. For those of you who like the music but don't like the lyrics, I've cheered them up somewhat. Ah one, ah two, ah one two three four!

Well I'd rather see (RAINBOWS!), little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know (FUZZY SOCKS!)

You better (BUTTERFLIES!) if you can, little girl
(UNICORNS!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (KITTENS!) little girl

Well you know that I'm a (PUPPIES!) guy
And I was born with a (DAISIES!) mind
And I can't spend my whole life
Trying just to make you (BUBBLE BATH!)

You better (WALK ON THE BEACH!) if you can, little girl
(CHOCOLATE!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (PONIES!) little girl

Let this be a sermon
I mean everything I've said
Baby, I'm determined
And I'd rather see you (IN A LOVING LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP!)

You better run for your (LAMBS!) if you can, little girl
(BABY CHICKS!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (BUNNIES!) little girl

I'd rather see (PIGLETS!), little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won't know (SMILEY FACE!)

You better (ICE CREAM CONE!) if you can, little girl
(PANDA BEAR!) in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That's the (WARM TOAST!) little girl

Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na

Excuse my digging for treasure in old sand here, but I would like to say, I laughed so hard at this I fell off my chair.

HA-HA-HA-HAAAAA

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20 July 2011
7.35pm
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I really like Run For Your Life.  It's not my favorite Rubber Soul song, but its not in the bottom either.  I think part of the reason people don't like RFYL is because John later denounced it himself.  I think it was George that actually said later on that it was his favorite track on Rubber Soul.

 

Anyways, I'd never condone acting out the lyrics in the song, but the lyrics are harmless.  It's telling a story.  I don't think because he sings those words that he really wants to do that kind of stuff to women.  I think it's just John exposing his anger and jealousy in a song.  Just like Jojo and Loretta are fake, so too is the narrator of the story.  God knows that John has said stuff before that he didn't mean or later regretted.  This is another example of that.

 

If you take it like that, I think the lyrics are really good.  They take me to a place I never want to be, in the mind of someone who feels so much pain he's angerly channeling his emotion into a threat to kill his girl.  Good stuff.

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31 July 2011
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Good recording -- good tune -- deplorable lyrics.   That's how I'd describe "Run For Your Life".   I really like George's guitar in this song...and I can't help tapping my toe to it...  but the whole message of the song is awful.   John often wrote of jealousy, such as in the excellent "You Can't Do That", but this song seemed to take those sentiments and escalated them to a clear threat of violence.  John himself expressed complete distaste for the song in later interviews.   I think it's one of the low points of Rubber Soul.

(Oddly enough, the first time I ever heard this song was on The Beatles cartoon show from the 1960s.... in fact, that's where I first heard a LOT of their mid-period stuff) 

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1 August 2011
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IMDeWalrus said:

(Oddly enough, the first time I ever heard this song was on The Beatles cartoon show from the 1960s.... in fact, that's where I first heard a LOT of their mid-period stuff) 

God, I can't imagine what context they would use the song -- were they being chased by a monster? Was Ringo getting ready for a marathon? Were they trying to distract everyone by putting the audio of that song alongside the video of something zany?

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." — Dr. Seuss
 
 
1 August 2011
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It involved the French Revolution and there were snippets of "Revolution 9" involved. I'm ashamed I know that much.

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17 August 2011
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In my opinion one of the best Rubber Soul tracks and vastly overlooked. It sounds so different to everything else on the album, and the beatles cannon, and shows another side of John, one that doesnt link in with 'Saint John' as portrayed by Yoko.

Personally i can see John being the person in the song. I dont mean the whole dead thing, that was an expression, but John was a very jealous guy and we know he was violent to Cynthia and probably other casual girlfriends -  "i used to cruel to my woman, i beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved" pauls song (getting better) but johns lyric.

 

One reason why John would have hated it was that he stole the line "i'd rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man".  I dont pay too too much attention to what beatles songs John hated. He detested And Your Bird Can Sing!! Erm... ok John.

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Can someone please tell me why (tee he) Run For Your Life is such a bad song? I just don't get it, it's not like it's as bad as Wild Honey Pi

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12 January 2013
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I think its the lyric content showing a very dark side of John - "id rather see you dead".

Personally i love the song, always have, the lyrics have never bothered me, if anything i like John writing about that side of his character, a side he alluded to in songs like No Reply and You Cant Do That ie "if you mess me about your rabbit's getting boiled". Admittedly John stole the key lyric "id rather see you dead little girl than to be with another man" from Baby, Lets Play House but thats a fine song in its own write and Beatles stole bits of songs from all over place.

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13 January 2013
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Run For Your Life is like Maxwell's Silver Hammer in a more serious tone. 

13 January 2013
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It's one of my favorites. A lot of people have a problem with the lyrics, but that's the real John Lennon, at least at that point in his life. He claimed that "Help!" and "Strawberry Fields" were his most honest songs, but I think that "Run For Your Life" was one as well, which is why he had such distaste for it. The man was a great musician, but we shouldn't gloss over the fact that he was also a bit of a bastard at times.

"Run For Your Life" was one of George's favorites. Around the time that John gave his interview about how much he hated that song, he was angry at George for supposedly snubbing him in his book, so I feel like that also could've been a factor in his harsh condemnation of it.

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