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Ready to Run is the second track on One Direction's fourth studio album, Four.[1]

The song has been performed on the On The Road Again Tour.

Lyrically, the song is talking about being in a place that isn't right for you. It's about someone holding them back from being themselves, or someone that they have always wanted to be.

Background

On November 6, 2014 the band announced new song "Ready To Run".

The song is widely speculated to be describing a possible coming out process for Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, particularly because their respective verses are the only ones that mention "we'll", while Liam's mentions "I'll". Louis's verse is widely speculated to be addressing homophobic people. The band has not elaborated on the possible meaning behind the lyrics.

The song also seems to share lyrical similarities to "Drag Me Down", "Strong" and "Through The Dark".

Lyrics

[Harry]
There's a lightning in your eyes, I can't deny
Then there's me inside a sinking boat running out of time
Without you I'll never make it out alive
But I know, yes I know, we'll be alright

[Liam]
There's a devil in your smile, it's chasing me
And every time I turn around it's only gaining speed
There's a moment when you finally realize
There's no way you can change the rolling tide
But I know, yes I know, that I'll be fine

[All]
This time I'm ready to run
Escape from the city and follow the sun
'Cause I wanna be yours, don't you wanna be mine?
I don't wanna get lost in the dark of the night
This time I'm ready to run
Wherever you are is the place I belong
'Cause I wanna be free, and I wanna be young
I will never look back now I'm ready to run

[Harry]
I'm ready to run

[Niall]
There's a future in my life I can't foresee
Unless, of course, I stay on course and keep you next to me

[Louis]
There will always be the kind that criticize
But I know, yes, I know we'll be alright

[All]
This time I'm ready to run
Escape from the city and follow the sun
'Cause I wanna be yours, don't you wanna be mine?
I don't wanna get lost in the dark of the night
This time I'm ready to run
Wherever you are is the place I belong
'Cause I wanna be free, and I wanna be young
I will never look back now I'm ready to run

[Zayn]
This time I'm ready to run (ready to run)
I'd give everything that I got for your love

[Harry]
This time I'm ready to run
Escape from the city and follow the sun

[All]
'Cause I wanna be yours, don't you wanna be mine?
I don't wanna get lost in the dark of the night
This time I'm ready to run (this time I'm ready to run)
Wherever you are is the place I belong
'Cause I wanna be free, and I wanna be young
I will never look back, now I'm ready to run

Live Performances

One Direction - Ready To Run @ Saturday Night Live

One Direction - Ready To Run @ Saturday Night Live

One Direction - Ready To Run - Live - 10.10

One Direction - Ready To Run - Live - 10.10.2015

HD - One Direction - Ready To Run (live) FZ72 @ Wien, Vienna, Austria OTRA 2015

HD - One Direction - Ready To Run (live) FZ72 @ Wien, Vienna, Austria OTRA 2015

1D ONE DIRECTION - READY TO RUN live in Jakarta, Indonesia 2015

1D ONE DIRECTION - READY TO RUN live in Jakarta, Indonesia 2015

References

  1. "Ready to Run" audio
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