Song Analysis-“Runaway Love” by Ludacris
Coming from unstable homes, violent environments, and regularly abused, kids along with teenagers think the best solution to solving their problems is running away. They would do almost anything to out, often harming themselves in the process. “Runaway Love” written in 2007 by Ludacris featuring Mary J Blige represents the theme of struggle and displays the effects of apathy on kids (girls). It is about little girls, ranging from nine to eleven year olds, who are “stuck up in the world all alone”. They are forced to take care of themselves because their own family member does not care for them. The purpose of this song is that Ludacris is trying to get his auditors to understand that children go through struggles just like adults. Girls that young of an age should be relishing their childhood, but they are forced to take on the roles of an adult and manage on their own. The video begins with Ludacris and Mary J. Blige walking down a tunnel. While walking they see pictures of missing kids all over the wall. Throughout the video various girls of different ages are shown looking sad and confused as to “why the world is so cold”. As the video processes Ludacris tells stories of three individuals whose lives are changed due to acts of neglect. The first being Lisa, a nine year old girl, who coming from an unstable home is trying to figure out why she never met her dad or any of her family. Wanting to talk with someone, she turns to her mom. But she is never home. One day while “mama is on drugs getting high up in the kitchen. Bringing home men at different hours of the night”, one sneaks off into Lisa’s room and has his way with her. She tries to tell her mom but she does not believe her. The only option that she has is; “get some clothes and pack; she says she's 'bout to run away and never come back”. In the video, Nicole, a ten year old, deals with insecurity, and stresses from her...