"Runaways" (CD Single)

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Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Alt-rock song has mature themes, clean video.

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Positive Messages

Love is derailed by irresponsibility: "We got engaged on a Friday night/I swore on the head of our unborn child/That I could take care of the three of us/But I have the tendency to slip when the night's still wild/It's in my blood."

Positive Role Models & Representations

A father is unable to attach and commit to his family: "And then I come after they go to sleep/Like a stumbling ghost, I'll haunt this halls/There's a picture of us on our wedding day/I recognize the groom but I can't settle in this walls."



More about love than sex: "Teenage rush...she held my hand...hold each other till the morning light." However, the mention of a sudden engagement and an unborn child points clearly to the consequences of unprotected sex.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There's mention of a "tendency to slip when the night's still wild" -- makes you wonder if it's fueled by alcohol or drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Runaways" is a single from the alt-rock band, The Killers. The lyrics are clean but have a mature message of teenage passion, impulse, and irresponsibility, leading to a doomed, shotgun marriage. It's about getting caught up in the appeal of love, but being unwilling to follow through with commitments.

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Kid, 12 years old October 16, 2013


This alternative rock track by classic band 'The Killers' is fantastic and great for anyone over the age of 10 that likes Alternative and Soft rock, n... Continue reading

What's the story?

"Runaways" is the first single from Battle Born, the fourth album by the alt-rock band, The Killers. Fronted by singer/keyboardist Brandon Flowers, "Runaways" is about teen runaways' romance turned sour. Life unfolds with a child and marriage, but the relationship falls apart with resurfacing urges to run away. The video is clean and sparse, placing the band playing against backdrops including a starlit sky, stretches of a deserted highway, and the Vegas skyline.

Is it any good?

"Runaways" is a great summer song reminiscent of '80s power rock ballads. It starts with gentle piano and guitar chords, then gains momentum and dimension with whiplash speed. Running away from challenges may not be the best choice in life, but driving around with the windows down, belting out this song with all you've got, can be the perfect summer escape.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what responsibility means and how it changes through different stages of life.  What does it mean to be a responsible kid, teenager, parent, adult?


  • Consider the phrase, "Think before you act." What does it mean? What happens when we act irresponsibly and what can be the consequences of doing so? Can our reckless actions hurt others as well as ourselves?

  • Mistakes and misjudgments happen in life -- sometimes it's consequence that's the best teacher. Share a story about a mistake you once made that taught you a lesson.

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