The Doobie Brothers – “It Keeps You Runnin”

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It Keeps You Runnin’” is a song by the American rock band The Doobie Brothers. The song was written by band member Michael McDonald, and released, October 5, 1976 on their third album, “Takin it to the Streets,” and peaked at #37 on the U.S. billboard in 1977.

Some may go as far as saying that this song marks or symbolizes the dividing line between Tom Johnston’s first era and the beginning of the era with Michael McDonald. Time had changed, and music changed with time. Both, Johnson and McDonald had great voices, and brought great talents to the table. Johnston is most well-known for both his lead guitar and vocal role, as well as for his adaptation of his own acoustic guitar style, blending a unique strum and percussive accented rhythm at the same time on one instrument. This style, interwoven with melodic hammer-on’s. McDonald singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer known for his distinctive, soulful voice.

 

SONG LYRICS –

Say, where you gonna go
Girl, where you gonna hide
You go on leavin’ out your heart
And all it’s sayin’ down deep inside
From here I can feel your heartbeat
Oh, you got me all wrong
You ain’t got no worry
You just been lonely too long
I know what it means to hide your heart
From a long time ago
Oh, darlin’
It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’
It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’
It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’
It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’

Oh, you know how I feel
Hey, you know I been there
But what you’re keepin’ to yourself
Oh, you know it just ain’t fair
Are you gonna worry
For the rest of your life
Why you in such a hurry
To be lonely one more night
I know what it means to hide your heart
From a long time ago
Oh, darlin’

It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’
It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’
It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’
It keeps you runnin’, yeah it keeps you runnin’

Written by: Michael McDonald

 

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