Contents 1 History 2 Later uses 3 Chart performance 3.1 Weekly charts 3.2 Year-end charts 4 Notes 5 External links

History[edit] The song was written while Browne was driving to the studio each day to make The Pretender, according to Rolling Stone magazine: "I was always driving around with no gas in the car," Browne is quoted. "I just never bothered to fill up the tank because — how far was it anyway? Just a few blocks."[4] The song may be meant to describe the rigors of a musician's day-to-day life on the road, and its effect on his life as a whole, in connection with the themes of much of the album, but the lyric is more generally applicable, as well: Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels — Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields. In '65 I was seventeen and running up 101 I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on ... The song starts off with an immediate, propulsive backbeat, with the melody carried by piano and throughout laced by David Lindley's distinctive lap steel guitar work. Browne receives vocal back up from Rosemary Butler and Doug Haywood. The lyric's ages and years match up with Browne's: In '69 I was twenty-one and I called the road my own I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on. Rolling Stone writer Paul Nelson saw "Running on Empty" as embodying a "tenacious, win/lose duality" and being "what daydreamers have nightmares about":[6] You know I don't even know what I'm hoping to find ... Running into the sun, but I'm running behind. With its number 11 peak on the Hot 100 in spring 1978, "Running on Empty" was Browne's third-biggest hit single in his career (trailing only "Doctor My Eyes" and "Somebody's Baby"), and subsequently became his most-played song on classic rock radio formats. It became a staple of Browne's concerts, and whenever Bruce Springsteen has guested at such shows, they have shared vocals on "Running on Empty".

Later uses[edit] This song appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, featured in the scene where Forrest was running across the United States. In August 2008, Browne sued presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, the Ohio Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee for unauthorized use of "Running on Empty" in a television commercial mocking presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama's energy policy.[7] The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum in July 2009, with the McCain campaign, the Ohio Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee issuing a joint apology for using the song.[8] Browne said, "I'm really happy that we got this statement from them. It's great to have it affirmed that these [copyright and usage] laws stand. I've had an idea of how my songs are protected and how money is collected and how making a living as a musician works for my whole career, and it's great to have it affirmed and to know that we're absolutely right in standing up to them."[8] Rick Price and Jack Jones covered the song on their album California Dreaming (2017).

Chart performance[edit] Weekly charts[edit] Chart (1978) Peak position Canada RPM Top Singles[9] 4 U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 11 Year-end charts[edit] Chart (1978) Rank Canada[11] 45 U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 82

Notes[edit] ^ Paris, Russ. JACKSON BROWNE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ^ Jackson Browne Chart History. Accessed July 10, 2012. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Seventies. Wisconsin: Record Research, 1990. ^ a b Rolling Stone. "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". ^ ^ Jackson Browne: Running On Empty : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone ^ "Jackson Browne sues Sen. John McCain for unauthorized use of 'Running on Empty'". Los Angeles Times. 2008-08-15. Archived from the original on August 18, 2008.  ^ a b "Jackson Browne settles with GOP over song use". Associated Press. MSNBC. Retrieved 24 August 2010.  ^ ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X ^ ^

External links[edit] Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics v t e Jackson Browne Studio albums Jackson Browne For Everyman Late for the Sky The Pretender Hold Out Lawyers in Love Lives in the Balance World in Motion I'm Alive Looking East The Naked Ride Home Time the Conqueror Standing in the Breach Live albums Running on Empty Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2 Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino Compilations The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne The Very Best of Jackson Browne Singles "Doctor My Eyes" "Rock Me on the Water" "Redneck Friend" "Take It Easy" "Walking Slow" "Fountain of Sorrow" "Here Come Those Tears Again" "The Pretender" "Running on Empty" "The Load-Out/Stay" "You Love the Thunder "Boulevard" "That Girl Could Sing" "Hold On Hold Out" "Somebody's Baby" "Lawyers in Love" "Tender Is the Night" "For a Rocker" "You're a Friend of Mine" "For America" "In the Shape of a Heart" "Lives in the Balance" "I'm Alive" Related articles Discography Groove Masters Studios "Song for Adam" "The Birds of St. Marks" "Jamaica Say You Will" "These Days" "For Everyman" Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne Retrieved from "" Categories: 1977 songs1978 singlesAsylum Records singlesJackson Browne songsLive singlesSongs about automobilesSongs written by Jackson BrowneHidden categories: Music infoboxes with deprecated parametersArticles with hAudio microformats

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