Running to the Edge of the World
|"Running to the Edge of the World"|
|Song by Marilyn Manson|
|from the album The High End of Low|
|Released||November 4, 2009|
"Running to the Edge of The World" is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson, originally released on May 20, 2009 as the seventh track on the band's seventh studio album, The High End of Low. A music video was also produced for the song, which was released later that same year on November 4. An alternate, acoustic version of the track was included on the bonus CD contained on deluxe editions of the album.
The song is an acoustic soft rock ballad that features elements of electronic music. Manson sings in falsetto during its middle 8. Alex Young of Consequence of Sound, Phil Freeman of AllMusic and John Robb of The Quietus compared it to the music of David Bowie, while IGN found it similar to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" (1988) by Poison. Entertainment.ie's Lauren Murphy deemed "Running to the Edge of the World" an "Oasis-lite" ballad. PopMatters's Lana Cooper felt that the song's refrain "We don't seek death / We seek destruction" could be understood as a "bromance-tinged love letter from" Manson to Ramirez. Cooper added that the song sounds like "you'd expect [it] to be played during a slow dance at the Jonestown prom after someone spiked the Kool Aid punch bowl."
Alternative Nation ranked it the sixth best Marilyn Manson song ever co-written with Twiggy Ramirez, and the best song on The High End of Low. John Robb of The Quietus described it as the album's curveball, and said that "The bizarre change in style makes this one of the unlikely album highlights", a sentiment echoed by Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times, who described the song as a "surprise ... a lush acoustic power ballad complete with pretty falsetto vocals. At this point in Manson's career, sophistication is perhaps as big a shock as he can deliver." Alex Young of Consequence of Sound praised the David Bowie influence on the song. Adaora Otiji of Spin called the track an "emotional ballad".
Phil Freeman of AllMusic said that the song "could have been great if it had only been two minutes shorter" but instead helped make the middle of the album boring. NME said that the song was "an embarrassing nadir. By opening up, [Manson's] totally emasculated himself. He sounds defeated, like a man who knows he's been drained of his shock value by Twilight-style mainstream co-option." Mayer Nissim of Digital Spy cited the track as one of the album's "many dreary and self-conscious straightforward rock songs" and panned Manson's vocal performance. In Entertainment.ie, Lauren Murphy said that the song was a "sign of a man either running out of tricks, or one desperate to reinvent himself."
The song's music video was uploaded to the band's Myspace account on November 4. It was directed by the band's vocalist with Nathan "Karma" Cox, who also directed the video for their 2004 cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus". It begins with an extended scene of Manson performing the song from behind a curtain, and is followed by scenes which depict him violently beating a woman to death, who was speculated to represent Manson's then ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, played by Kelly Polk. The video for "Running to the Edge of the World" garnered negative reviews, with Gil Kaufman of MTV News interpreting it as a glorification of violence against women. Brandon Stosuy of Stereogum deemed the video "a new low" for Manson. He noted that it was released the same day that Rihanna was interviewed on 2020 about being assaulted by Chris Brown, and was unsure if this was intentional or not. A writer for Videogum felt that the clip might have been somewhat shocking if it predated the video for The Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" (1997), but instead came across as "the obnoxious work of an aging asshole who's run out of ideas." Jonathan Barkan of Bloody Disgusting said the video "almost feels lazy, as though a ballad like this could only be done by showing Manson desperately cling to a lacy curtain, looking like he’s about to write poetry while listening to The Cure."
Credits adapted from the liner notes of The High End of Low.
- Marilyn Manson – vocals, lyrics and production
- Twiggy Ramirez – composer, electric, acoustic and bass guitars, production
- Chris Vrenna – composer, keyboards, synth string, percussion, drum programming, programming, Pro Tools, engineering, production, mixing
- Sean Beavan – engineering, co-production, mixing
- Mike Riley – recording assistant, engineer
- Jeremy Underwood – recording assistant, engineer
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