And We Run - Within Temptation ft. Xzibit


The Experience: I'ma break these chains, run through the rain. Never look back, never quit, work through the pain... run 'til the heavens above... Within Temptation and Xzibit bring a power anthem to freedom, especially when you need the strength to break your own chains...


Music video: 
Let freedom reign. The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. The music video starts with this quote from Nelson Mandela, and goes on to hammer the message home. Xzibit is locked into a biotech chair - You were never free, and you never realized. He's never seen beauty before - And love is a word you've never heard - until a hummingbird flits into his cell and lands on his hand. The chair kills the bird... and then starts breaking down, and Xzibit finally lifts up his head and gets gone. The rest follows the lyrics - we run running in the dark. And we run 'til we fall apart. And we run 'til the heavens above - and Xzibit finally hammers his way through the walls, to reach the sunrise. And another hummingbird sets off into the prison, to rescue someone else. All in all, And We Run is very similar to Kelly Clarkson's People Like Us - the same black and white prison city in the sky, the same run to escape - except for the fact that Xzibit is alone in his prison. There aren't any captors to run from, and no one accompanying Xzibit on his escape - except for the hummingbird sent by Within Temptation and the hand that takes his own in the lyrics of his solo - they're calling us, and it feels so marvellous, just take my hand and run. Was he himself the problem all along?

The Meaning of And We Run: Freedom is king. But only if there is somewhere to escape from - the darkness that you fear and a desire to leave the mire - and somewhere to escape towards - we run 'til the heavens above. If either of those didn't exist, it would mean that your run - your life - is meaningless. Heavenly hearts aren't just free. They have to choose... between darkness and love.

Ask yourself: What's your darkness? Your mire? Where are running to?


LYRICS:

[Sharon den Adel]

It burns into your heart, the darkness that you fear.
You were never free, and you never realized.
And love is a word you've never heard.
Your heart ain't cold 'cause it burns,
A desire to leave the mire.

Take your breath 'til nothing's left.
Scars of life upon your chest.
And I know wherever it goes

And we run with a lonely heart
And we run for this killing love
And we run 'til the heavens above
Yeah, we run running in the dark
And we run 'til we fall apart
And we run 'til the heavens above

[Xzibit]

Don't blink, you'll miss it.
Lift up your head.
We gotta get gone.
Yeah, we outta here.
Don't blink, you'll miss it.
Lift up your head.
Too late, we gone.
Yeah, we outta here.

[Sharon den Adel]

And we run with a lonely heart
And we run for this killing love
And we run for a heavenly heart

[Xzibit]

I'ma break these chains, run through the rain.
Never look back, never quit, work through the pain.
This blood in my veins run cold when I think it'll never be the same
But I never lose hope.
This is my time now, no time for tears to celebrate.
Put it in the air right now.
Never back down, you'll never wear my crown
'Cause it weighs too much and I crush every motherf-cking thing I touch.
This is love, I've never loved so much.
Get involved, make the world stand up.
Hear my mic before I ever give up.
Name in lights, you lost all my trust.
Now it's time to face all of us.
Get in line 'cause they're calling us.
And it feels so marvellous, just take my hand and run.

[Sharon den Adel]

And we run with a lonely heart
And we run for this killing love
And we run 'til the heavens above
Yeah, we run running in the dark
And we run 'til we fall apart
And we run 'til the heavens above

[Xzibit]

Yeah, we out of here.

Don't blink, you'll miss it.
Lift up your head.
We gotta get gone.
Yeah, we outta here.
Don't blink, you'll miss it.
Lift up your head.
Too late, we gone.
Yeah, we outta here.

[Sharon den Adel]

And we run with a lonely heart
And we run for this killing love
And we run for a heavenly heart

[Xzibit]

Don't blink, you'll miss it.
Lift up your head.
We gotta get gone.
Yeah, we outta here.
Don't blink, you'll miss it.
Lift up your head.
Too late, we gone.
Yeah, we outta here.

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