Runaway Trains

“After passing on what would become Boys of Summer during the Southern Accents sessions, Tom was clearly ready to try to use a less typical Heartbreakers groove brought to him by Mike Campbell. One of five co-writes on the album, this song shares a definite mood with Boys of Summer, with it’s minor key verse and major key chorus and the healthy dose of 80s synth. As with Boys of Summer, we can probably safely assume that Mike had the whole song demo-d and brought it to Tom almost fully formed, just missing lyrics. I’d also make an assumption that it was written mainly on keyboards as F# isn’t a natural key for any guitarist to write in.”

Today’s episode covers track two from Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough!), Runaway Trains.

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