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Performances Song History Lyrics

Running Scared

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Marshall

Vocals: Trey (lead), All (backing)

Historian: lumpblockclod

“Running Scared,” an outtake from the Round Room sessions that has never been performed live or appeared on an official release, is by all indications a song about someone coming to terms with addiction. Whereas earlier Trey compositions like “Push On Till the Day” seemed to glorify what can euphemistically be called the rock and roll lifestyle, “Running Scared” paints a picture of a more troubled person, though the song is devoid of the implicit judgment in a song like “Gone,” written years later. What’s also revealing is that even on an album of what some consider to be half-baked ideas, “Running Scared” is more half-baked than the rest… as if Trey didn’t know what to do with the song on a musical or personal level.

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