Run To You
Recording Artist: Bryan Adams
Writers: Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams
Date Written: January 12-14, 1983 / Vancouver Canada
Albums: Reckless (A&M Records, 1984)
Live Live Live (A&M Records, 1988)
So Far So Good (A&M Records, 1993)
The Best Of Me (A&M Records, 1999)
Anthology (A&M Records, 2005)
Icon (Universal, 2010)
Reckless - 30th Anniversary Edition (November 2014)

#1 - Billboard Top Rock Tracks Chart / 1984 (15 weeks on the chart)
#6 - Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart / January 1985 (19 weeks on the chart)
#8 - Ireland Singles Chart
#11 - UK BBC Chart / February 9, 1985 (13 weeks on the chart)
#12 - The Record (Canada) / December 24, 1984 (16 weeks on the chart)
#14 - Netherlands / 1985
#14 - New Zealand Singles Chart

Awards: 1985 - BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Citation of Achievement for significant U.S. radio airplay
1985 - Juno Award Nomination for Single of the Year
1985 - Procan Award (Performing Rights Organization of Canada)
1985 - Gold Single Award for 50,000 sales of the 45 RPM single in Canada
2004 - Socan Classics Award for more than 100,000 Canadian radio performances
  Bryan Adams: rhythm guitar, vocal
Jim Vallance: percussion
Keith Scott: rhythm guitar, lead guitar
Tommy Mandel: keyboards
Dave Taylor: bass
Mickey Curry: drums
Arranged by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. Produced by Bob Clearmountain and Bryan Adams. Associate producer, Jim Vallance. Recorded by Bob Clearmountain, April 1984, at Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, September 1984, at the Power Station, New York.
Cover Versions: Also recorded by Bananarama, Jaymz Bee, EnRage, Jorn Lande, Novaspace, Nolans, Pascal
In January 1983 producer Bruce Fairbairn asked me and Bryan Adams to write a song for his next production project, "Blue Oyster Cult". In search of inspiration we listened to the band's past catalogue, including their biggest hit "Don't Fear The Reaper".

The signature sound on "Reaper" is the arpeggiated guitar riff that opens the song ...

Bryan and I spent about an hour creating a riff of our own, initially in the key of A-minor. I still have a recording of Bryan and I passing the guitar cable back and forth (click, buzz, click, buzz), each of us trying a different variation as the riff developed ...

Eventually we transposed the riff down to E-minor, later adding a capo to achieve an F#-minor tuning, which better suited Bryan's vocal range.
Bruce Fairbairn
Blue Oyster Cult
45 Sleeve / UK
45 Sleeve / Japan
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Once the riff was solidified, the rest of the song started to unfold. We spent a few days getting the lyrics and arrangement right, with particular attention paid to the interplay between the bass, drums and the guitar riff.

When the song was complete we recorded a demo and presented it to Bruce Fairbairn, who in turn played the song for "Blue Oyster Cult". Bruce called us a few days later with the verdict.

"They don't like the song", Bruce said over the phone ... (maybe there wasn't enough cowbell?).

Refusing to be discouraged we asked our publisher to send the song to a few more bands, but they all declined .

"Run To You" was now officially an orphan!

Up to this point Bryan didn't think the song was right for him either. Here's how producer Bob Clearmountain recalls it (from a 2006 interview with Sound-On-Sound magazine):

"When I first heard 'Run to You' I thought it was pretty good, but Bryan was thinking about leaving it off the album. He was writing songs for other bands at the time, and there was some other band that he was going to give that to. I remember riding around town in his car when I first arrived and he was playing me the demos, and when we got to 'Run to You' he said, 'I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this one,' and I said, 'You're gonna put it on this album! It's a great song.'"

Speaking of demos ...

In the same Sound-On-Sound interview, regarding the demo for "Run To You" it says:  In truth, it was a song of simple and somewhat incomplete structure, looping around a hook without ever developing in the manner that might have been achieved by way of greater application during the compositional process.

Huh? Nothing could be further from the truth! 

Our demo for "Run To You" was a meticulously crafted, concise template of the song with all the parts in place: guitar, bass, drums and vocal. Clearmountain and the band certainly made it sound better, but note-for-note the arrangement was already there.  Bryan dispensed with an annoying backing vocal part we'd recorded on the demo, but otherwise the demo arrangement is the arrangement that appears on the album, virtually note-for-note.

Interestingly, Bryan says the track was completed in one take. Bob says it required "about a half-dozen takes out of which the best two or three were then chosen to edit between." I wasn't there, so I can't confirm either way.

Reckless was released on November 5, 1984 (Bryan's 25th birthday). "Run To You" was the first single from the album. Decades later the song continues to be an Adams concert favourite, and it still enjoys significant radio airplay around the world.
Adams interview CHUM-FM Toronto, Oct. 7, 2004
Lyrics: She says her love for me could never die
But that'd change if she ever found out about you and I

Oh - but her love is cold
It wouldn't hurt her if she didn't know, 'cause
When it gets too much
I need to feel your touch

I'm gonna run to you
I'm gonna run to you
Cause when the feelin's right I'm gonna run all night
I'm gonna run to you

She's got a heart of gold she'd never let me down
But you're the one that always turns me on, you keep me comin' 'round

I know her love is true
But it's so damn easy makin' love to you
I got my mind made up
I need to feel your touch

I'm gonna run to you
I'm gonna run to you
Cause when the feelin's right I'm gonna run all night
I'm gonna run to you