The Killers - Run For Cover
What have you gathered to report to your progenitors?
Are your excuses any better than your senator's?
He held a conference and his wife was standing by his side
He did her dirty but no-one died
I saw Sonny Liston on the street last night
Black-fisted and strong singing Redemption Song
He motioned me to the sky
I heard heaven and thunder cry
Run for cover
Run while you can, baby, don't look back
You gotta run for cover
Don't be afraid of the fear, that's a played out trap, man
You know you're not the only one
And don't look back, just run for cover
What are you waiting for, a kiss or an apology?
You think by now you'd have an A in toxicology
It's hard to pack the car when all you do is shame us
It's even harder when the dirtbag's famous
"Run for Cover" is a song by rock band the Killers from their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful (2017). Originally released as a promotional single on July 28, 2017, the song was sent to contemporary hit radio in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2017, and to alternative radio in the United States on November 14, 2017, serving as the album's second single. The Killers' vocalist Brandon Flowers revealed that "Run for Cover" was originally written for their 2008 album Day & Age, but it was not completed due to Flowers not being able to finish the second verse of the song at the time. After meeting with Australian musician Alex Cameron in Las Vegas, he finally had a breakthrough as they kept on working together until the verse was finished. In the beginning of 2017, Flowers revealed the song had a good shot of being featured on the band's album. The Killers debuted "Run for Cover" during a concert at Borgata in Atlantic City on June 10, 2017. On July 28, the song was released as a promotional single from Wonderful Wonderful. "Run for Cover" has been characterized under the genres new wave, post-punk revival, pop rock, and heartland rock, and was written by Flowers, Mark Stoermer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., Alex Cameron, Jacknife Lee, and Stuart Price. Although it was initially produced by the latter, the track's production was finished by Lee. The song also contains an interpolation of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". Lyrically, the song talks about domestic violence as Flowers tells a woman to "run for cover" from her abusive husband while she still can. The song received critical acclaim from music critics. Andrew Trendell from NME described it as a "synth-pop banger driven by post-punk propulsion" and noted its sound is similar to the one of Sam's Town era. Rolling Stone's Daniel Kreps called it a "glossy, buoyant track that proves the band hasn't strayed from their textbook sound." The Musical Hype! gave the song four out of five stars and said: "All in all, 'Run for Cover' is a well-rounded, energetic, and up-tempo record from The Killers. Does it trump 'The Man'? It depends upon who you ask, but true to the band's style, this is next-level. Elite? Yes." The music video for "Run for Cover" was directed by Tarik Mikou and released on August 22, 2017. The video tells the story of a woman who tries to run away from her ex-lover, backing up the recurring abusive relationship theme of the song's lyrics. After getting hit by him with a car, she gets up and sets the vehicle on fire with him inside. The cassette tape she is holding onto in the video reads "07/28/17", referring to the release date of the single.