Running Red Lights

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"Running Red Lights"
Running Red Lights cover
Song by The Avalanches
Album We Will Always Love You
Released March 18, 2020
Length 4:40
Label Modular
Writer(s) Robbie Chater, Tony Di Blasi, Rivers Cuomo, Andrew Szekeres, David Berman, Jeremy Earl, Jarvis Taveniere
Producer Robert Chater
Status officially released

"Running Red Lights" is a song from the 2020 album We Will Always Love You by Australian electronic group the Avalanches. Rivers Cuomo and musician Pink Siifu are featured performers on the song, and Cuomo is a credited co-writer alongside Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi (of the Avalanches), Andrew Szekeres (of Midnight Juggernauts), Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere (of Woods), and the late David Berman of (Silver Jews).

Overview

The entry for "Running Red Lights" in the APRA database
"Running Red Lights" was added to the APRA songwriting database on February 20, 2020. On March 16, Weezer's official Twitter account retweeted a tweet from the Avalanches' Twitter account on the 13th that read "We have a beautiful song coming for you next week" [1].

The song was released on March 18, 2020. The band said, in a statement released alongside the music video:

Running Red Lights didn't start out as a defining moment; 'a single' as it were. But Rivers responded to our fuzzed out Spacemen 3 inspired jam with such open heartedness, that we soon dropped all pretense and got down to the heart of the matter... loss.

We love that wide eyes, elated, almost evangelical Los Angeles sense of possibility that he tapped into. He captures that feeling that comes on the other side of the abyss, when you have lost everything and so then, there is nothing more to lose. [...]

The song features a lyric previously heard from Berman's Purple Mountains project in the song "Darkness and Cold."

Music video

The music video was directed by Greg Brunkalla.

Lyrics

Running, running red lights
Red lights, red lights
I been running red lights
To get to you
Running, running red lights
Where you been running all night?
I been running the red lights
Boom, boom, boom

I'm a thundercloud
Ready to burst, like Schrödinger
I'm crying in the car
An invalid, I'm off the grid

Hans is looking for Liesel
Living in Union Square
Shoot this rabid canine
Something's gone horribly wrong

The light of my life is going out tonight
In a pink champagne Corvette
The light in my life is going out tonight
Without a flicker of regret (Without a flicker of regret, dude)
I sleep three feet above the street
In a pink champagne Corvette
Fly out into space
Listen to the music
The stars are making
Without a flicker of regret

California life is alright with me
California life is alright with me
We are, we are, we are, we are, we are all we have

See also