Bonnie Raitt – Runaway

A couple of weeks ago we looked at Bonnie Raitt in the late 80s…Here she is in the 70s putting a new bluesy twist on Runaway. It was her breakthrough in the Singles Charts. It would be 12 more years before she broke through big with the album Nick of Time.

Del Shannon and his keyboard player, Max Crook, wrote with this while they were playing a club in their hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Crook played a keyboard called a “Musitron” on Del’s version of the song.

The Raitt version of Runaway peaked at #57 in the Billboard 100 and #79 in Canada. It was on the Sweet Forgivness album released in 1977 which peaked at #25 in the Billboard Album Charts.

Runaway

As I walk along I wonder what went wrong
With our love, a love that was so strong
And as I still walk on I think of the things
We’ve done together while our hearts were young
I’m a walking in the rain, to the bone I feel the pain
Wishing you were here by me to end this misery
And I wonder, I w-w-wonder, why, you ran away
And I wonder if you will stay, my little runaway, my runaway
I’m a walking in the rain, to the bone I feel the pain
Wishing you were here by me to end this misery
And I wonder, I w-w-wonder baby yeah, you know why, you ran away
And I wonder if you will stay, my little runaway, my little runaway
Come back baby
(Run, run, runaway)
You left me standing in the rain
(Run, run, runaway)
Come back baby
(Run, run, runaway)
Standing in the rain
(Run, run, runaway)

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

16 thoughts on “Bonnie Raitt – Runaway”

  1. My husband turned me onto this one. At the time I wasn’t too crazy about it. I like it better now, but I much prefer Del Shannon’s version. I love some of Raitt’s stuff. This one is just a little lack luster, to me.

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    1. I’m with you…I know “Nick of Time” on but I only know select early songs. I do like her take on this one. She worked earlier with Lowell George for a bit.

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    1. Yea I know what you mean but it’s apples and oranges really…she put a different spin on it and made a different style of song of it. I do prefer the original.

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    1. I only heard this for the first time a few years ago…it knocked me out. She made it her own song…changed the dynamic of it. Of course I love the original also.

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