Run to Me (Bee Gees song)

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"Run To Me"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album To Whom It May Concern
B-side "Road to Alaska"
Released 7 July 1972
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 12 April 1972
IBC Studios, London
Genre Soft rock, art rock
Length 3:11
Label Polydor
Atco (US/CA)
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
"My World"
(1972)
"Run To Me"
(1972)
"Alive"
(1972)
Music sample

"Run to Me" is a song by the Bee Gees. It was the lead single and released in 7 July 1972[1] and first track on the group's 1972 album To Whom It May Concern. There is also a promotional video for this song filmed in black and white. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Lead vocals by Barry Gibb on the verses and Robin Gibb on the chorus. "Run to Me" saw the Bee Gees return to the UK Top 10 after a three year absence, climbing to #9 while in the US it reached #16. The first Bee Gees single without drummer Geoff Bridgford as he left the band in January that year.

Writing and recording[edit]

Robin Gibb recalls on The Mail on Sunday in 1 November 2009:

We wrote this is at our manager Robert Stigwood's house in Beverly Hills. He was a great visionary and championed our beliefs and chemistry as brothers. Lyrically, this song chronicles the wishes of a man who longs to be noticed by a broken-hearted girl.[2]

If ever the woman got rain in her heart, someone has hurt and torn her apart the singer is unwise to open her eyes to love him. The singer told the woman to run to him whenever she lonely and when she needs a shoulder and the woman need someone older like him when a woman is in the cold but she has no companion on that place as the singer says to woman that run to him.[3]

"Run to Me" was recorded in 12 April 1972 at London's IBC Studios same day as "Bad Bad Dreams" and "Please Don't Turn Out The Lights". It was very much in the mold of the last two successful singles, "Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself" and "My World". The song has a straight verse-chorus number with vocal by both Barry and Robin. Maurice sings in a very low key along with Robin in the chorus which is barely audible, something he rarely did in concert when they performed this song.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
United Kingdom Singles Chart 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
Danish Singles Chart 10
Brazilian Singles Chart 2
South African Singles Chart 3
Australia Kent Music Report Charts 3
Italian FIMI Charts 5
New Zealand RIANZ Charts 5
Canadian RPM Charts 6
Irish Singles Chart 7
Spanish Singles Chart 8
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Charts 27
French Singles Chart 85

Cover versions[edit]

1970s
1980s
2000s
  • 2000: Oscar de la Hoya from his 2000 self-titled album, his version peaked at number twenty-three on the Adult Contemporary, while the Spanish version "Ven a Mi" peaked at number one on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
  • 2006: Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs included a version on their CD Under the Covers, Vol. 1, a collaboration featuring covers of some of their favourite songs from the 1960s and 1970s.
  • 2007: the Dutch version of Ugly Betty saw its main character mocking the song in duet with her close friend Niek (dressed as the bespectacled Towers) singing through bananas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "45cat - The Bee Gees - Run to Me/Road to Alaska". 45cat. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bee Gees - "Run to Me"". Songfacts. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Finder of Lost Loves - Dionne Warwick". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Ven Conmigo (Solamente Tú)" by Christina Aguilera
Billboard Hot Latin Charts number-one single (Oscar de la Hoya version)
28 October - 3 November 2000
Succeeded by
"She Bangs" by Ricky Martin