“Run to You” by Bryan Adams

While Bryan Adams may be the master of the quintessential late-20th century hit love songs, on this particular track he takes a different approach. For who he is actually singing about ‘running to’ is his mistress, i.e. his illicit lover.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Bryan Adams's Run to You at Lyrics.org.

The background of the situation is that the singer has a significant other alright, one that he knows truly cares for him. In other words, he does not have any complaints about her – except that “her love is cold”. That is to say that he is not satisfied with the physical aspect of their relationship. But when it comes to the other woman, he finds it “damn easy making lover to” her.

So as it stands he doesn’t have any issues per se. Rather he wants to maintain things as they are. And that is in the late nights, when he’s actually in that kind of mood, he’ll keep ‘running to’ his sidechick as opposed to the main one.

Facts about “Run to You”

Bryan wrote this track alongside one of his early-regular collaborators, Jim Vallance.  They had actually penned it to be used by an American rock band called the Blue Öyster Cult. However, said crew turned the track down.

Additionally Bryan himself wasn’t overly fond of the tune, as in not having the inclination to record it himself. But it was the track’s other co-producer, Bob Clearmountain, who ultimately convinced him to do so.

This track is part of Bryan’s fourth-studio album, “Reckless”. In fact A&M Records released “Run to You” as the lead single from that project on 18 October 1984.

“Run to You” marked one of the early major successes in Bryan Adams’ career. For instance, it was the first time he topped Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks listing. And the tune also fared impressively on the Billboard Hot 100 (6), UK Singles Chart (11) and Canada Top Singles (4), in the latter case being the highest Adams charted in his homeland up until that point.

In 1992 this track was also covered by a English group called Rage. There’s a long story behind it, but at the end of the day after re-releasing “Run to You” their version fared better than Bryan Adams’ original, at least in their European homeland where for instance it peaked at number three in the UK.

It has also been covered by other artists throughout the years, including Bananarama in 2009. And interesting to note is that “Run to You” is featured on the hit video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” (2002).

The official visual to this song had Steve Barron, one of the top music-video creators of the 1980s, as its director. And it features an actress by the name of Lysette Anthony. It went on to be nominated for five different MTV VMAs though interestingly enough didn’t take home any.

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    I believe that the most important aspect of the song that is missing from this article is that the person he is going to “run to” is actually his guitar as opposed to another woman.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes. How can it not be obvious to people that it’s about his love of his guitar and being with ‘her’?

  3. David says:

    The ending of the video nails it. “she” comes to terms that his side passion is not another woman. And thus represents no threat.

  4. Jeremy says:

    There are a few thing a man loves but most of things he loves will never really provide for him women mostly ask for money usually the man never asks the woman for money hence the lyrics ” oh but her love is cold. “And where do most men get money these days it called a job as long as a man follows the rules of that job the job will always provide and if they really love that job for example being a rock star then that job becomes a pleasure because he is having so much fun working and making money so he can give his cold hearted woman money but that job will always provide money

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