Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, that'll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I don't know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to, to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running on, running on empty
Running on, running blind
Running on, running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Honey, you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I'd love to stick around
But I'm running behind

Running on
You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find
Running behind
Running into the sun but I'm running behind

 

〈Running On Empty〉這首歌由美國歌手及創作人Jackson Browne所寫。它放在1977年現場版本同名專輯中。它描述音樂人日復一日的苛刻人生,它影響了整個人生,與這張專輯名稱連接起來,但這歌詞更普遍的是:

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels —
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields.
In '65 I was seventeen and running up 101
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on ...

歌曲以快速及推進的節奏進行,旋律以鋼琴及有特色的吉他作品Browne的聲音是引人注目的,歌曲的安排在傳達猛然的存在,歌詞的年齡描述剛好就是歌手自己,然而那種謎一般的多愁善感的情感卻是普遍的、全體的:

In '69 I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on.

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