Cee-Lo Green isn’t the only artist to have perfected the upbeat dismissal; the Beatles (well, technically just John Lennon) had the format down pat as early as 1965. On the surface, “Run for Your Life” sounds like any other early Beatles tune. It’s perky and quirky, and its chorus makes heavy use of the Fab Four’s signature harmonies. But the song is about domestic abuse and the promise that if you break up with Lennon, he will hunt you down and kill you. “Well I know that I’m a wicked guy and I was born with a jealous mind,” he chirps. Later Lennon adds, “Baby, I’m determined and I’d rather see you dead.” The song appears as the last track on Rubber Soul, ending the album on an eerie note. What happened to the guy who just wanted to hold our hand? On second thought, maybe that was Paul.
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