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Runner in the Night was the United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen, performed by the sextet Ryder.

The song was a contemporary rock offering, departing from the norm at the time in that the sextet played instruments themselves (including a set of electronic drums and keyboards) and did not use an orchestra. The song itself was about a man "running in the night" to a woman he had previously left, hoping he was not too late and that his former lover would forgive him and take him back.

In the final, the song was performed fifth following Norway and preceding Iceland. At the close of voting, it finished in 7th place with 72 points.

Lyrics

Goin’ home, I’m a runner in the night
Turnin’ back with another chance to make it right
I know where I went wrong
I’ve been away for far too long
I’m on the track – I’m a runner in the night

You told me once not to go
I guess I wasn’t listening
I was blind to reason then

You were the light guidin’ me
Was so confused I could not see
Without your love I wasn’t free

Goin’ home, I’m a runner in the night
Turnin’ back with another chance to make it right
I wanna start again
Go back in time till I get to when
I took your heart like a runner in the night

You didn’t ask much of me
I didn’t make you promises
You kept faith, I broke the rules

I’m sorry now, my mistake
I didn’t mean that your heart should break
I want you back, what will it take?
Oh… oh…

I know I made you wait
I only hope it’s not too late
To try again for a runner in the night

(Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’)
(Runnin’, runnin’, runnin’, runnin’)
Yeah…

Goin’ home, I’m a runner in the night, ooh…
Touchin’ down on the runway with the mornin’ flight
I know I made you wait
I only hope it’s not too late
To try again for a runner in the night, oh…

Videos

1986 Ryder - Runner In The Night03:06

1986 Ryder - Runner In The Night

Eurovision 1986 - United Kingdom02:57

Eurovision 1986 - United Kingdom.wmv

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