Thursday, January 10, 2008

Run, Rabbit, Run

From In the New Old-Fashioned Way

I always considered this song among the most Beatle-influenced moments, if not the most, of all the Fluid Ounces songs. I think it reminds me just enough of “Cry Baby Cry” (if only because of the same structure in both titles) and texturally of “Sexy Sadie” to make me think that it could work on the second disc of the White Album, although its title could be more directly linked to the single line in Pink Floyd’s song, “Breathe,” where the title is actually sung.

Even the most amicable of break-ups will require a time apart to lick wounds, gain perspective, and sort out the complex feelings that come with a relationship, amplified by its demise. “Run Rabbit Run” explores this space in a relationship, when our speaker laments the speed in which his former partner has taken refuge after their break-up, sharing his tender side that he is not happy with the new arrangement. Referring to her as a rabbit, then, hints at the resentment toward her that he feels at the same time assuming both parties are “reminding ourselves / How we love you so.” The song closes with asking her to come back around, in hopes that he might have some chance to learn how to treat her, reminding himself how he loves her so. The final line, “Everything is allowed,” gives this song a surprisingly open end and room for infinite interpretations of what exactly that means in light of the rest of the song. Your guess is as good as mine.

The video presented here (yes, we are still doing videos!) is from June 15, 2001, and it features a brief commentary on the collapse of Spongebath Records at the end, followed by a hearty stretch by Sam Baker.


Anonymous said...

Let's never forget our failed experiment to do blend two of our most popular tunes, "Have Fun, Rabbit Run." We just couldn't get it to work.

Kerriffic said...

i have always enjoyed this song and wish it would return.

I always think of this song mostly due to my obsession with rabbits. rabbit metaphors seem to explain everything well. ever heard the term "Buck Like Funnies?" My pet rabbit, named Dennis, loves this song. of course he thinks its about him.

magnum opus said...

this one is not really about a girl but rather a friend of the band who had grown distant and was falling into escapism too much.
...hence the "we" usage all the time as i was attempting to speak for the collective.

Juan Horsetown said...

I'm continuing to strike out with these songs and their actual intended meanings...I assumed "we" referred to the two parties involved.

Was this one considered among the most popular, as J said?

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