Carly Rae Jepsen is, unapologetically, a hopeless romantic. Her unwavering, almost naïve optimism in a world as cruel as the one we live in seems to spring from thin air. Run Away With Me, the opening cut from her third album E.MO.TION, is this unwarranted enthusiasm, realized.
Jepsen skips the complex metaphors and lengthy anecdotes and makes her point succinct and clear. You’re stuck in her head and you’ve got her heart. Hence, for those reasons, it’s time to leave this world behind. Of course, we never hear what Jepsen’s crush seems to feel about this. The song is sung entirely from her perspective. It’s a subtle reminder that this wild rollercoaster of a romance that Jepsen revels in exists solely within the confines of her imaginary universe. However, don’t let that fool you. The emotion that drives this universe is very real and successfully escapes the earphones and flourishes in the real world.
In the span of four minutes, Jepsen presents to the listener a cohesive, all-you-can-eat 80s synth-pop buffet that promises, above all else, to take your worries away. Complete with the only sax line you’ll ever need to know, it’s a callback to a time when the future was still wrapped in the allure of infinite possibilities. “I wanna go; Get outta here; I’m sick of the party, party”, she sings, hoping that her fantasy could be the vehicle by which to escape the systemic disappointments of reality. Charred romances, monochromatic careers, and, in the case of this decade, a pandemic. These are all “parties” that Jepsen would rather avoid, and she’s looking for another person to share this sentiment with. She will be your guide to this pain-free utopia. All you have to do is listen, and enjoy.
Who wouldn’t want to take that deal?
It’s been five years since Run Away With Me was released, and most have been spent dissecting as to why it and its parent album failed to make Carly Rae Jepsen into a bona fide pop sensation, and years will be spent attempting to decode this cosmic injustice.
It’s a shame really, because with Run Away With Me, Carly Rae Jepsen, of all people, has crafted, dare I say, the perfect pop song.