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To the dark fleets that got me here
I got caught up in nowhere again

Silent Running is the fifth single of Gorillaz' eighth studio album, Cracker Island. The song features vocalist Adeleye Omotayo.

Background[]

Sometimes I get well lost and end up in the wrong place but then it turns out that's where I was meant to be going anyway.
~ 2-D, DJ Mag

Silent Running was recorded sometime in 2021 and was the first track from the album produced by Greg Kurstin. The track was first played live on the Gorillaz World Tour 2022, on the 30th of April 2022. Silent Running was released on January 27th, 2023 along with a visualizer.

A trailer for the music video was released alongside the track. Then on February 8, 2023, the Silent Running music video was released.

Lyrics[]

Studio Version[]

[Verse 1: 2-D]
Stop 'cause you're killin' me
You brought me back and made me feel free
Rowdy waves and your energy
You pulled me fragile from the wreckage
Well, I got so lost here
Machine-assisted, I disappeared
Into a dream, you don't wanna hear
How I got caught up in nowhere again (Oh, oh)

[Chorus: 2-D]
It feels like I've been silent running (Silent running)
Through the infinite pages, I scroll out
Searchin' for a new world
That waits on the sunrise
I'm silent running

[Post-Chorus: 2-D, Adeleye Omotayo]
Run, run, running (Oh)
Run, run, running
Run, run, running
Run, run, running (I'll be)
Run, run, running (Back to you)
Run, run, running (Back to you)
Run, run, running (Back to you)
I'm silent running

[Verse 2: 2-D, Adeleye Omotayo]
Stop or you'll make me cry (Make me cry)
I think it's time that I decide (I decide)
What I've done when I trip and fly (Trip and fly)
And where it's takin' me (Takin' me)
There's no way out of here (No way out)
In the labyrinth, I disappear (No one here)
To the dark fleets that got me here (Underground)
I got caught up in nowhere again

[Chorus: 2-D, Adeleye Omotayo]
It feels like I've been silent running (Silent running)
Through the infinite pages, I scroll out
Searchin' for a new world (Trip and fly)
Waits on the sunrise
I'm silent running

[Chorus: 2-D, Adeleye Omotayo]
I'm silent running
(No way out)
I'll be (Ah)
Back to you (Trip and fly), back to you, back to you
I'm silent running

[Post-Chorus: 2-D, Adeleye Omotayo]
Run, run, running (Oh)
Run, run, running (I been, yeah)
Run, run, running (Back to you)
Run, run, running (I'll be)
Run, run, running (Back to you)
Run, run, running (Back to you)
Run, run, running (Back to you)

[Outro: Adeleye Omotayo, 2-D]
Oh, make me cry (Memories of triumph)
I decide (This is the season of madness)
Trip and fly (Trip and fly)
Takin'

Live Version[]

[Verse 1: 2-D]
Stop, 'cause you're killing me
You brought me back and made me feel free
Rowdy waves and your energy
You pulled me fragile from the wreckage
Well, I got so lost here
Machine assisted, I disappear
To a dream, you don't wanna hear
How I got caught up in nowhere again
Oh

[Pre-Chorus: 2-D]

It feels like I've been silent running (Silent running)
Through the infinite pages, I've scrawled out
Searching for a new world
That waits on the sunrise

[Chorus: 2-D & Adeleye Omotayo]

I'm silent running
Run, run, running (Oh, oh oh), run, run, running
Run, run, running, run, run, running (I'll be, oh)
Run, run, running, run, run, running (Back to you, Back to you)
I'm silent running (Oh, oh, oh)
Run, run, running, run, run, running
Run, run, running, run, run, running (Oh, oh, oh)

[Verse 2: 2-D & Adeleye Omotayo]

Stop, or you'll make mе cry (Make me cry)
I think it's time that I dеcided (I decide)
What I've done when I trip and fly (Trip and fly)
The wave is taking me (Taking me)
There's no way out of here (There's no way out)
In the labyrinth I disappear (No one here)
To the dark fleet that got me here (Underground)
How I got caught up in no where again

[Pre-Chorus: 2-D & Adeleye Omotayo]

It feels like I've been silent running
Through the infinite pages, I scrawl out
Searching for a new world (Trip and fly)
Waits on the sunrise

[Bridge: 2-D & Adeleye Omotayo]

I'm silent running
Here we go
Searching for gold
You make me feel so alive (I'll never be)
Demons here (I'll never see)
That I had (I'll never sigh)
Truth be told (Too far to sigh)

[Chorus: 2-D & Adeleye Omotayo]

I'm silent running (No way out)
Ooh, ooh, ooh (I'll be back to you, searching)
I'm silent running
Run, run, running, run, run, running (Oh oh oh)
Run, run, running, run, run, running (Oh oh oh)
Run, run, running, run, run, running (Back to you)
I'm silent running (I'll be back to you, back to you)
Run, run, running, run, run, running
Run, run, running, run, run, running

[Outro: Adeleye Omotayo & 2-D]

Make me cry (Memories and triumph)
I decide (This is the season of madness)
Trip and fly, trip and fly, taken
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Music Video[]

Visualiser[]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Silent Running is the second song that was performed live on the Gorillaz World Tour 2022 before its official release, with the others being Cracker Island, New Gold, Skinny Ape, Possession Island and Oil.
  • Silent Running is the first Gorillaz song with lyrics explained and confirmed on Genius.

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