“Doobie-doo run, run, run…”
Unlike most pop music, the soul jam
“Running Away“, from the 70s, kicks off with a musical hook –
“Doobie-doo run, run, run”
3 words; 2 that aren’t words and one that is, is repeated 3 times, casually hiding its poignant message.
The woman chants the hook about 8 times before she tells us, in verse, why she’s running.
Then the song once again breaks the rules of pop music. The hook that started in the intro continues through both verses and right up to the bridge of the song.
Although the song is uptempo, once you stop dancing long enough to listen – you’ll come to realize the hook is actually haunting – as it tells the story of life and our response to it. Read more about Message in Our Music | Running Away …