Runaway Baby

Bruno Mars

About Runaway Baby

"Runaway Baby" is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars for his debut studio album Doo-Wops & Hooligans (2010). It was written by Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine, who produced the track under their alias The Smeezingtons, along with Brody Brown. "Runaway Baby" is a funk, soul, pop rock and doo-wop record. Its lyrics detail a playboy who is willing to break every woman's heart regardless of their feelings. Instrumentally, the track relies on finger snaps, police sirens, hand claps and raspy guitar lines. Upon its release, "Runaway Baby" received mixed reviews from various music critics, who praised its differentiation from the other recordings in the album, but criticized its lyrical content. The song debuted and peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart, after The X Factor performance and it peaked at number 35 and 50 in New Zealand and on Billboard Hot 100, respectively. It was and certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The singer performed "Runaway Baby" at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards and at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. The performances, which include an extra break with a James Brown dance and singing through a megaphone. Mars performed "Runaway Baby" on The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour (2010–12), the Moonshine Jungle Tour (2013–14) and on the 24K Magic World Tour (2017-18). 


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2010
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Well looky here looky here ah what do we have?
Another pretty thing ready for me to grab
But little does she know that I'm a wolf in sheeps clothing
'Cause at the end of the night it is her I'll be holding

I love you so
That's what you'll say
You'll tell me baby, baby please don't go away
But when I play, I never stay
To every girl that I meet here, this is what I'll say

Run run runaway, runaway baby
Before I put my spell on you
You better get get getaway, getaway darling
'Cause everything you heard is true

You poor little heart will end up alone
'Cause lord knows I'm a rolling stone
So you better run run runaway, runaway baby
Uh, ah yeah

Well let me think, let me think, ah what should I do?
So many eager young bunnies that I'd like to pursue
Now even though they're eating out the palm of my hand
There's only one carrot and they all gotta share it

I love you so
That's what you'll say
You'll tell me baby, baby please don't go away
But when I play, I never stay
To every girl that I meet here, this is what I'll say

Run run runaway, runaway baby
Before I put my spell on you
You better get get getaway, getaway darling
'Cause everything you heard is true

You poor little heart will end up alone
'Cause lord knows I'm a rolling stone
So you better run run runaway, runaway baby
Uh, check it out

See I ain't tryna hurt you baby
No no no I just want to work you baby
See I ain't tryna hurt you baby
No no no I just want to work you baby

If you are scared, you better run (you better run)
You better run, (you better run)
You better run, (you better run)
You better, you better, you better

Run run runaway, runaway baby
Before I put my spell on you
You better get get getaway, getaway darling
'Cause everything you heard is true

You poor little heart will end up alone
'Cause lord knows I'm a rolling stone
So you better run run runaway, runaway baby

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Bruno Mars

Peter Gene Hernández (born October 8, 1985), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. Raised in Honolulu, Hawaii by a family of musicians, Mars began making music at a young age. He performed in various musical venues in his hometown throughout his childhood. He graduated from high school and then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a musical career. Mars produced songs for other artists, joining production team The Smeezingtons. more »

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Written by: Ari Levine, Chris Brown, Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Round Hill Music Big Loud Songs, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Song Production
"Runaway Baby" was produced by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, and Ari Levine, collectively known as The Smeezingtons.
Album Inclusion
The song is included in Bruno Mars' debut studio album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans", which was released in 2010.
Songwriting Credits
Bruno Mars, Phillip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Christopher Steven Brown are credited as the songwriters.
Popular Performance
Mars performed the song at the Grammy Awards ceremony in 2012, which boosted its popularity.
Genre Classification
"Runaway Baby" is typically classified as a pop song but it also has overtones of funk, soul and rock, showcasing Mars's versatile musical style.
Notable Recognition
The tracks was listed as one of the best songs of 2010 by music magazine NME.
Music Video
Although "Runaway Baby" did not get an official music video, the live performance of the song at the 2012 Grammy Awards has its own official VEVO video on YouTube.
Chart Performance
While it didn’t hit the charts as hard as some of Mars’s other songs, "Runaway Baby" still managed to reach number 50 on the UK Singles Chart and hit number 14 on the Hungary Single Top 40.
Cover Versions
Several artists have covered the song, including the British boy band The Wanted during a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session.
Usage in Television
The song was featured on the TV show "Dancing With The Stars" in the United States during a dance routine.

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