Original Roy Orbison version

Just running scared each place we go
So afraid that he might show
Yeah running scared, what would I do
If he came back and wanted you

Just running scared, feeling low
Running scared, you love him so
Just running scared, afraid to lose
If he came back, which one would you choose

Then all at once he was standing there
So sure of himself, his head in the air
My heart was breaking, which one would it be
You turned around and walked away with me


RUNNING CARED is a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson and originally released by Roy Orbison as a single in 1961.

Roy Orbison -- "Running Scared / Love Hurts" (single, front sleeve)
Roy Orbison -- "Running Scared / Love Hurts"

7-inch single - Monument (45-438) - USA, 1961

The above lyrics are for the original Roy Orbison version of RUNNING CARED as released in 1961.

Springsteen's Versions

Bruce Springsteen performed RUNNING CARED live once, with Roy Orbison. See the live 30 Sep 1987 version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of RUNNING SCARED on this website:

RUNNING SCARED [Live 30 Sep 1987 version]
RUNNING SCARED [Original Roy Orbison version]

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2015