Artist: Soul Asylum

Runaway Train ~ Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum is an American alternative rock band that formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983.

The band grew out of a local band, Loud Fast Rules, that formed in 1981 with Dan Murphy, Dave Pirner, Karl Mueller and Pat Morley. Morley was later replaced by Grant Young in 1984. The band recorded three albums with Twin/Tone Records and two with A&M Records to little commercial success. However, in 1992, they released the double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award-winning single “Runaway Train”. The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration later that year. They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine three years later, but it was the last hit album of the band’s career. Mueller was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, causing the band to organize a benefit concert on his behalf, and passed away a year later. As of 2007, the band continues to perform live shows.

Runaway Train

Runaway Train” is a song by the Minneapolis rock band Soul Asylum. The song led Soul Asylum to international status, and helped bring their album, Grave Dancers Union to a multi-platinum level. It was the third single off that album and reached No. 5 on the Billboard charts. It won a Grammy Award for the best rock song in 1994.

The song has become synonymous with the band, and has led many people to believe that it is the group’s only hit, categorizing Soul Asylum as a one-hit wonder band. However, the band’s 1995 hit “Misery” also charted in the Top 40 in several countries including the US and UK. “Runaway Train” continues to receive a lot of airplay on the radio today, with disc jockeys often making mention of the influential music video that accompanied the song.

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Call you up in the middle of the night
Like a firefly without a light
You were there like a blowtorch burning
I was a key that could use a little turning

So tired that I couldn’t even sleep
So many secrets I couldn’t keep
I promised myself I wouldn’t weep
One more promise I couldn’t keep

It seems no one can help me now,
I’m in too deep; there’s no way out
This time I have really led myself astray

Runaway train, never going back
Wrong way on a one-way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I’m neither here nor there

Can you help me remember how to smile?
Make it somehow all seem worthwhile
How on earth did I get so jaded?
Life’s mystery seems so faded

I can go where no one else can go
I know what no one else knows
Here I am just a-drownin’ in the rain
With a ticket for a runaway train

And everything seems cut and dried,
Day and night, earth and sky,
Somehow I just don’t believe it

Runaway train, never going back
Wrong way on a one-way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I’m neither here nor there

Bought a ticket for a runaway train
Like a madman laughing at the rain
A little out of touch, a little insane
It’s just easier than dealing with the pain

Runaway train, never going back
Wrong way on a one-way track
Seems like I should be getting somewhere
Somehow I’m neither here nor there

Runaway train, never coming back
Runaway train, tearing up the track
Runaway train, burning in my veins
I run away but it always seems the same

  • Audio from the 1992 album, Grave Dancers Union:

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