"Run Away" is a song by German group Real McCoy. It was released in July 1994 as the third single from the album, "Another Night". It gained immense popularity and reached number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it was certified Gold, and number 6 in the United Kingdom. The lyrics are based on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Also, all female vocals on the song were performed by Karin Kasar.
"Run Away" has two music videos. The first video was made for the European market and contains a desert-like setting with Patsy singing while walking in the desert. The second video made for the North American market, which featured heavy allusions to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, was rejected by their North American record label Arista Records for its "dark" imagery. Arista chose to use the less stark European video in its place. The North American video was directed by Nigel Dick and contains a factory-setting with many overworked "slave-like" workers; meanwhile Olaf Jeglitza plays the role of "Big Brother", monitoring all progress and demanding the workers to work harder while yelling at them.
"Run Away" was featured in 2005 commercial for the Lexus RX SUV.
Backup singers were used to enhance the post-chorus refrain where Karin sings "oh oh oh oh" because the vocal melody fell out of her vocal range.
A shortened and enhanced variation of the "Club Attack Mix" saw significant airplay on select rhythmic top 40 / dance radio stations in Chicago, New York and Orlando, but was never released on any album or single.