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​Runaway Child, Running Wild

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Runaway Child, Running Wild
You played hooky from school and you can't go out to play, yeah
Mama said
For the rest of the week in your room you gotta stay, yeah

Now you feel like
The whole world's pickin' on you
But deep down inside
You know it ain't true

You're in punishment
'Cause your mama wants to raise you the right way, yeah
But you don't care
'Cause you already made up your mind
You wanna run away, yeah
You're on your way ...

Runaway child, running wild
Runaway child, running wild
Better go back home
Better go back home
Where you belong
Where you belong

Roaming through the city
Going nowhere fast
You're on your own at last
Hey it's getting late, where will you sleep?
Gettin' kinda hungry ...
You forgot to bring something to eat
Oh, lost with no money,
You start to cry
But remember, you left home
Wanting to be grown
So dry your weepin' eyes

Siren screamin' down,
Neon light is flickin'
You want your mama
Ah there's nothing for you
You're frightened and confused
I want my mama
But she's much too far away
She can't hear a word you say
You heard some frightening news on the radio
About little boys running away from home
And their parents don't see them no more
You wanna hitch a ride and go home
But your mama told you never trust a stranger
And you don't know which way to go

Streets are dark and deserted
Not a sound nor sign of life
Oh, how you long to hear your mother's voice
'Cause you're lost and alone
But remember you made the choice

Run away child, running wild
Better go back home where you belong
Run away child, running wild
Better go back home where you belong

You're lost in this great big city (Go back home where you belong)
Not one familiar face, ain't it a pity (Go back home where you belong)
Oh runaway child, running wild
You better go back home where you belong

Mama, mama please come and see about me
But she's much too far away
She can't hear a word you say
I want my mama
You're frightened and confused
Which way will you choose?

Written by:

Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong