Take It on the Run

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"Take It on the Run"
Single by REO Speedwagon
from the album Hi Infidelity
B-side Someone Tonight
Released January 1981
Format Vinyl
Recorded September 18, 1980
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:02
Label Epic
Writer(s) Gary Richrath
Producer(s) Kevin Beamish
Kevin Cronin
Alan Gratzer
Gary Richrath
REO Speedwagon singles chronology
"Keep on Loving You"
"Take It on the Run"
"Don't Let Him Go"

"Take It on the Run" is the fifth track on the REO Speedwagon album Hi Infidelity. It was released as a single in 1981 and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #6 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.[1] It also reached #19 in the UK, #44 in New Zealand and #4 in the Canada RPM Top 100 Singles chart.[2][3][4] The song was written by guitarist Gary Richrath. "Take It on the Run" was the follow-up single behind the group’s #1 hit, "Keep on Loving You".

This is technically the ninth video played on MTV's first day, August 1, 1981. However, the video went to black just a few seconds into the song and didn't finish.[5][6]

This song was released as a downloadable add-on for the Rock Band video game franchise on April 21, 2009.

The cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes covered this song as a punk version for their live album Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah.


Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl recorded a parody version called "Better Get a Gun", which made light of then Chicago mayor Jane Byrne moving into the Cabrini–Green public housing development.

Band members[edit]

  • Kevin Cronin - acoustic guitar, lead vocals
  • Gary Richrath - lead guitar
  • Neal Doughty - keyboards
  • Alan Gratzer - drums, vocals
  • Bruce Hall - bass, vocals


  1. ^ "Hi Infidelity Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  2. ^ "REO Speedwagon". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  3. ^ "Take It on the Run". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 34, No. 26, June 6, 1981". RPM. RPM Music Publications Ltd. June 6, 1981. Retrieved August 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://jmedinalive.com/2011/06/random-facts-1st-video-to-ever-play-on-mtv/
  6. ^ http://www.datalounge.com/cgi-bin/iowa/ajax.html?t=11549377#page:showThread,11549377