Day 22 — Moving Forward

For today’s 30-Day Song Challenge we are asked for “a song that moves you forward.” As I thought about that prompt, I thought about transportation: a car, a train, a plane, a boat.

So for the second day in a row I’m going to tap into Jackson Browne, this time with his song “Running on Empty.”

With lyrics like these, this song is definitely about moving forward, or at least attempting to do so, even if you don’t know where moving forward will take you.

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don’t know where I’m running now, I’m just running on

Running on – running on empty
Running on – running blind
Running on – running into the sun
But I’m running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don’t know when that road turned onto the road I’m on

Running on – running on empty
Running on – running blind
Running on – running into the sun
But I’m running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don’t know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that’ll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don’t know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on – running on empty
Running on – running blind
Running on – running into the sun
But I’m running behind

Honey you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I’d love to stick around but I’m running behind
You know I don’t even know what I’m hoping to find
Running into the sun but I’m running behind

Fun fact: My then girlfriend — and now my wife — and I were in the audience at the concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 27, 1977 when this song, and the rest of the “Running on Empty” album, was recorded.

4 thoughts on “Day 22 — Moving Forward

  1. Nova December 22, 2018 / 4:44 am

    Very cool post! I imagine it was best to see the filming.

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    • Fandango December 22, 2018 / 11:35 pm

      The concert we went to wasn’t filmed, but that song — and most of the album “Running on Empty” — was audio recorded at the concert we attended. We didn’t know they recorded it until the album was released.

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