Runaway Child, Running Wild

The Temptations


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield
album: Track 3 in album Cloud Nine
release date: 1969-2
popularity : 14 users have visited this page.
genres: Funk / Soul
styles: Soul/Psychedelic
length: 9:37
writer: Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield

Album Information

label: Gordy
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

The Temptations Cloud Nine cover art


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You played hooky from school
Mama said for the rest of the week
Now you feel like
But deep down inside you know it ain't true
Wants to raise you the right way, yeah
Cause you already made up your mind
You're on your way
Run away child, running wild
Better come back home
Where you belone
Going nowhere fast
Hey it's getting late, where will you sleep
You forgot to bring something to eat
But remember you left home
So dry your weepin eyes
You want your mama
You're frightened and confused
But she's much too far away
You heard some frightening news on the radio
And their parents don't see them no more
But your mama told you never trust a stranger
Streets are dark and deserted
How you long to hear your mother's voice
But remember you make the choice
Better go back home where you belong
Better go back home where you belong
(Go back home where you belong)
Ain't it a pity
Oh run away child, running wild
Mama, mama please come and see about me
She can't hear a word you say
You're frightened and confused


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Cloud Nine
  • 2 I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • 3 Runaway Child, Running Wild
  • 4 Love Is a Hurtin' Thing
  • 5 Hey Girl
  • 6 Why Did She Have to Leave Me (Why Did She Have to Go)
  • 7 I Need Your Lovin'
  • 8 Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me
  • 9 I Gotta Find a Way (To Get You Back)
  • 10 Gonna Keep on Tryin' Till I Win Your Love