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"
"Run To Me"
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]

"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.[3]


  • Barry Gibb – lead vocals, guitar
  • Robin Gibb – lead and harmony vocals
  • Maurice Gibb – harmony vocals, bass guitar, guitar, piano
  • Geoff Bridgford – drums
  • Alan Kendall – guitar
  • Bill Shepherd – orchestral arrangement

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.K. 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Cashbox [4] 11
Denmark 10
Brazil 2
South Africa 3
Australia Kent Music Report 3
Italian FIMI 5
New Zealand RIANZ 5
Canadian RPM Singles [5] 6
Ireland 7
Spain 8
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 27
France 85

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1972) Position
U.S. Billboard --
U.S. Cashbox Chart 97

Cover versions[edit]

  • 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.


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