Not Gonna Run (VH)


Vala Hafstað's picture

(To Be Sung to Wings’ ‘Band on the Run’)

Stuck inside these four walls

President forever

Never seeing no one

Interesting but you

Dorrit, you


If I ever get out of here

Thought of giving my ties away

To a registered charity

All I need is a holiday

If I ever get out of here


Well, the work load’s heavy

And it wears me down

And I never see the sun

So I said to Dorrit

When the year began

“I just ain’t having fun”


Not gonna run, not gonna run

And on New Year’s Day

I told them all

“I want to see the sun

I’m not gonna run, not gonna run

I’m not gonna run, not gonna run”


But in April they all drew a heavy sigh

Seeing no one strong had come

There were demonstrations in the city square

And they forced me to succumb

Told me to run

I had to run

I would save them all

From a major brawl

I, the chosen one


So I said I would run

Said I would run

Said I would run


Then the questions started

With the paper flow and they brought me on the show

When they asked if anything would come to light

I said, “No, no, no, no, no.”


Now I won’t run, no I won’t run

For the candidates who showed up late

Are men who get things done

So I’m not gonna run

Not gonna run

Not gonna run

Not gonna run


Vala Hafstad

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