39: I Run to You

39: I Run to You

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music

I Run to You

Story by Tom Douglas

Song written by Tom Douglas, Charles Kelley, David Wesley Haywood, Hillary Scott

Recorded by Lady Antebellum

When we wrote “I Run to You” I had just run a road race in Nashville and I saw a guy wearing a shirt that said, “I Run This Town.” I really love words and playing with words and I thought that was a pretty creative play on words, so it stayed with me. Then later I started hearing about this talented new trio called Lady Antebellum. I eventually got a chance to sit down and write with the members of the band — Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley — and we started kicking around ideas and this topic came up, so we finished it together.

There are a lot of words in that song that some singers might be afraid to use in a pop song, such as “pessimists” and “prejudice,” but it didn’t bother them. Paul Worley and Victoria Shaw ended up producing their first album and I wasn’t sure if this was going to be on their album or not. Then I found out that they were cutting it and I heard what the producers had done with the song and I was just blown away. We had done a pretty darn good demo on the song, but it couldn’t compare with what Paul and Victoria did when they produced it. The production and the harmonies and the vocal mix are just fantastic in that song. But Hillary and Dave and Charles are so darn talented anyway, they could sing the phone book and it would be a hit. They also did a remix of the song as more of a pop version and released it to adult contemporary and easy listening radio stations as well.

As far as the theme, we do seem to be living in a day and time when there is a “new disaster” every day in the news and we all need something to run to in times of trouble. We need something to run to for security in the midst of all the chaos that is going on in the world around us.

We wrote the song a couple of years before the economic meltdown and the Haiti earthquake and the Gulf Oil spill and things like that, so the lyric seems even more relevant now than it did then. Of course, people can read this as a song about a relationship and turning to someone in your life to help you deal with all the insecurity around us, but it can also be interpreted as something bigger.

For me, I am at a point right now in my life where it seems like God is running towards me in a good way. God seems to be passionately pursuing me, and that’s kind of a new concept for me, and I’m trying to embrace that. As a result, the song has taken on a new meaning for me as well.

I Run to You

I run from hate

I run from prejudice

I run from pessimists

But I run too late

I run my life

Or is it running me?

Run from my past

I run too fast

Or too slow it seems

When lies become the truth

That’s when I run to you


This world keeps spinning faster

Into a new disaster so I run to you

I run to you baby

And when it all starts coming undone

Baby you’re the only one I run to

I run to you

We run on fumes

Your life and mine

Like the sands of time

Slippin’ right on through

And our love’s the only truth

That’s why I run to you


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