Sunday, June 5, 2011

running scared / love hurts

Roy Orbison had his first American number one with this melancholic passion play. He wrote 'Running Scared' with Joe Melson in the style of bolero dance music. A shy and softspoken singer is constantly beset by the idea that his lover will leave him for her ex. The song builds slowly and fearfully without a chorus to a climatic operatic victory. The song also topped the Canadian chart and was a top ten hit in the UK.

Just runnin' scared, each place we go
So afraid that he might show
Yeah, runnin' scared, what would I do
If he came back and wanted you

Just runnin' scared, feelin' low
Runnin' scared, you love him so
Just runnin' scared, afraid to lose
If he came back which one would you choose

Then all at once he was standing there
So sure of himself, his head in the air
My heart was breaking, which one would it be
You turned around and walked away with me

The b-side 'Love Hurts' was also a hit in Australia and was later covered by Nazareth.

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