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The Rolling Stones

Before They Make Me Run (3:25)

"Before They Make Me Run" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1978 album Some Girls.

Written by guitarist Keith Richards, the song is a response to his arrest for heroin possession in Toronto in February 1977. The criminal charges and prospect of a prison sentence loomed over the Some Girls recording sessions and endangered the future of the Rolling Stones.

In the lyrics Richards…

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Worked the bars and sideshows along the twilight zone
Only a crowd can make you feel so alone and it really hit home
Booze and pills and powders, you can choose your medicine
Well here's another goodbye to another good friend

The Rolling Stones - Before They Make Me Run Lyrics


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  • And it really hit home
  • Great song! Got evertything to do with Keith.
  • This song ROCKS!!! one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs...
  • \o
  • like it when Keith gets to lead vocal
  • I've been listening to Keef songs for the past week or so, and this one is by far my favourite. I can't stop listening, and I even learned how to play it on the guitar
  • 'Keef' is just AWESOME
  • I wasn't looking too good but I was feeling real well.
  • One of my favorite Stones songs, Keith's voice is perfect for it
  • One of my all time favorite songs by the Stones..the whole album rocks!

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