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Song by Linkin Park
from the album Hybrid Theory
Recorded 1999
Genre Nu metal
Alternative rock
Length 3 min, 04s
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Don Gilmore
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Runaway is the sixth track on Linkin Park's debut album Hybrid Theory. Aside from the breakdown, which features Chester Bennington screaming, it is one of the softer and more melodic songs on the album. It features little rapping vocals from Mike Shinoda, just "You point the finger at me again" in between Bennington's singing verses and "Gonna run away, gonna run away" during the breakdown.

The song appears on the live album Live In Texas.The last performance of the song was in the Bamboozle. This song originated from it's predecessor, Stick 'n Move, off their original Xero mixtape.


  • Runaway was not released as a single, but did chart in the U.S.
  • The band wrote One Step Closer while trying to write this song.


Graffiti decorations, under the sky of dust

A constant wave of tension/On top of broken trust

The lessons that you taught me;I learned were never true

Pre chorus: Now I find myself in question/( They point the finger at me again)/Guilty by association/(You point the finger at me again)

I wanna run away;Never say goodbye

I wanna know the truth/Instead of wondering why

I wanna know the answers/No more lies/I wanna shut the door/And open up my mind

Paper bags and angry voices,? Under a sky of dust.? Another wave of tension/Has more than filled me up;All my talk of taking action;These words were never true. Now I find myself in question, (they point the finger at me again) Guilty by association, (you point the finger at me again)

Chorus: I’m gonna run away, and never say goodbye (Gonna run away (2x))I’m gonna run away and never wonder why (Gonna run away (2x)) I’m gonna run away and open up my mind (Gonna run away (4x))

Chorus:? I wanna run away and open up my mind (repeat until end)

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