About The Song

Del Shannon Runaway Memories returns to the early years of rock-n-roll with the classic “Runaway” story. Few songs in popular music are so enduring and haunting as the 1961 No. 1 hit, “Runaway.” Written by Del Shannon and his keyboardist, Max Crook, it outlines in tear-streaked detail a guy who’s lost his girl.

Interestingly, the song wasn’t based on any high school experience or being dumped at a prom. Instead, Shannon found the inspiration in a minor chord progression on a ukulele, which later formed the basis of the iconic “Runaway.”

The lyrics unravel a poignant narrative of a man lamenting the loss of his lady love who has run away. Filled with emotion, these lyrics convey a story of heartbreak and despair, a universal sentiment that resonates with people who have experienced the pain of losing someone they love.

“As I walk along I wonder/What went wrong,” he begins the song and refers to a time when he was young.

The uncertainty of the opening line is soon replaced with gloom and despair as he sings, “I’m a-walkin’ in the rain / Tears are falling, and I feel the pain / Wishing you were here by me / To end this misery.” 

The girl, of course, has left him and years later may have been the basis for the song, and those classic Del Shannon vinyl record memories.

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It topped the Billboard charts for four consecutive weeks, and Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1961.

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Lyric

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As I walk along, I wonder
A-what went wrong with our love
A love that was so strong

And as I still walk on, I think of
The things we’ve done together
While our hearts were young

I’m a-walkin’ in the rain
Tears are fallin’ and I feel the pain
Wishin’ you were here by me
To end this misery

I wonder
I wah-wah-wah-wah-wonder
Why
Why, why, why, why, why
She ran away

And I wonder
Where she will stay
My little runaway
A-run, run, run, run, runaway

I’m a-walkin’ in the rain
Tears are fallin’ and I feel the pain
Wishin’ you were here by me
To end this misery

And I wonder
I wah-wah-wah-wah-wonder
Why
Why, why, why, why, why
She ran away

And I wonder
Where she will stay
My little runaway
A-run, run, run, run, runaway
A-run, run, run, run, runaway
A-run, run, run, run, runaway