[Hook: J. Cole]
Runaway, runaway, runaway, runaway
I'm holding on desperately
Runaway, runaway, runaway, runaway
I'm holding on

from J. Cole – Runaway Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Cole has compelling desires to escape the world in which he lives. Perhaps he knows the strong, mature, maybe practical thing to do is to maintain and remain steadfast through the stuff he wishes he could change, which is why he’s trying to “[hold] on desperately,” but the allure of a different life would make him all too happy.

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