International Feel Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Here we are again,
The start of the end
But there's more
I only want to see if you'll give up on me
But there's always more

There is more
International feel
And there is more
Interplanetary deals
But there is more
Interstellar appeal
Still there is more
Universal ideal
Still there is more
International feel

I swear something lies
In your ears and your eyes
Cause there's more
You hear and you see
Yet you do not believe
That there's always more

There is more
International feel
And there is more
Interplanetary deals
But there is more
Interstellar appeal
Still there's more
Universal ideal
Still there's more
International feel

I know, I know..


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Never Never Land Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

I know a place where dreams are born
And time is never planned
It's not on any chart
You must find it in your heart
Never Never Land
It may be miles beyond the moon
Or right there where you stand
Just keep an open mind
And then suddenly you'll find
Never Never Land
You'll have a treasure if you stay there
More precious far than gold
For once you have found your way there
You will never, never grow old
And that's my home where dreams are born
And time is never planned
Just think of pleasant things
And your heart will fly on wings, forever in
Never Never Land


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You Need Your Head Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

You don't need your feet
'cause you know you got wheels
You don't need your hands
'cause you know how it feels
You don't need your eyes
'cause you know how she looks
You don't need your tongue
'cause you know how she cooks
But you need your head

You don't need your belly
'cause there's nothing to eat
You don't need your heart
'cause it just can't be beat
You don't need your mouth
'cause you talk too much
You don't need your crotch,
Ah you know it's only a crutch
But you need your head


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Rock & Roll Pussy Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Beat it, beat it, beat your guitar
Smash it, smash it, 'til it sees stars
Rip it, rip it, rip it to shreds
Throw down your axe and then jump into bed

Get up, get up, get up and see
Revolution on the tv
Will you, will you, get your nails dirty
Or are you only just a, only just a, only just a, only just a... [etc.]

...only just a rock and roll pussy?


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Dogfight Giggle Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

[Instrumental]
[arf, growl, sniff, snuk, woof, bark, tee hee, etc..]

...don't you think of anything but sex?..


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You Don't Have To Camp Around Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Daddy don't like it but mommy still wonders, sweet boy
But you're allowed to try it and I point no fingers
Sweet boy, but I'm still wonderin' what it means, boy
You hold your wrist so limply
You don't have to camp around

Save all your money, go confess on sunday, sweet boy
And you get your copy of "honey,"
Back on the street by monday
Sweet boy, but tell me where does that leave me, boy
Save the satin undies, don't pluck out your eyebrows
Stow the mincey lisping, you don't have to camp around


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Zen Archer Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Pretty bird with feathers falling
Pretty as a lady calling
For her pink and midnight lover
As she stares into the water

And a yellow moon is rising
And there can't be no disguising
That the pretty bird is dying
With a silver arrow lying at its side

Rivers of blood,
Oceans of tears,
Life without death,
And death without reason

To the whole United Nations,
To your greatest expectations
To the moment that you realize
As a dark figure slips from out of the shadow

Pretty bird closes its eyes, pretty bird dies
Another pretty thing dead on the end of the shaft
Of the Zen Archer

A man in parts forgotten
With an outlook that is rotten
And an attitude to match it
Finds relief inside a hatchet
And he halved someone in Boulder
Justifiability is in the hands of the beholder
And you just don't know what people will do next

Mountains of pain,
Valleys of love,
Death without life,
And life without meaning

To the promise kept and broken
To the love that's never spoken
Just as surely as I'm in your ears
A dark figure slips from out of the shadow


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Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

The blessing of the turtles, the eggs lay on the lawn
Paint a pretty picture for me to sit upon
The calling of the rabbit, the falling of the hare
The hat man then begins to play, a song is everywhere

You want the obvious
You'll get the obvious
Tell them Groucho said, you're just another onionhead

Another Virgin Mary, another case is shut
Have another helping, prime cut of baby's butt
A sip of holy water, a shot of saving grace
Another western mystic, the words pore out my face

You want the obvious
You'll get the obvious
I'll shave my skull instead, be just another onionhead

Dada Dali goodbye, Dada Dali don't sigh
Your soft alarm clocks quake me
So boil your beans and meet me at Perignon Station
Crutch me Dali again, Lobster telephone friend
Stay in your seat, watch what you eat
If you don't get a dead mule then you'll know I'm in heat
Dada Dali hello, Dada Dali you're just another onionhead


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Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Earthquake in New York City,
The Chrysler Building fell in my yard
But when the shit hits the fan,
I think I'll have to make my way
Back to Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard

The IRA has just hit London,
They blew up half of Scotland Yard
But when the shit hits the fan,
I guess I'll try to make my way
Back to Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard

Cruisin' down a mountain highway,
Someone's cut the brakes on my car
But when the shit hits the fan,
I know I have to get my ass back to...


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Le Feel Internacionale Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Everyone is mine,
No one left behind and there's more

Wait another year,
Utopia is here and there's always more


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Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Sometimes I don't know
I just don't know what to feel

Sometimes I don't know what to feel
Everything I thought that I knew starts to look so unreal
There's a ringing in my head that keeps me awake at night
Sometimes I don't know what is right
Today I saw a car crush my little dog under it's wheel
It did not even stop, it just sped off and out of sight
Sometimes I just feel so afraid
But I know that no one else has it made
So if I just believe in myself
I won't need no help from nobody else and I can make it alone
And everything will be cool, I got to keep on keepin' on
There's nothing else I can do

Sometimes I don't know what to do
Someone said the world's going to end and I think it's true
I thought there was some love in the world
But I guess I'm wrong
Sometimes I just feel so alone
I don't want to admit to my friends that I feel confused
I wonder what I'd do with myself if the world was gone
Something makes me stay on my feet
Don't you dare admit to defeat
And if I tell myself it's all right
I can comfort myself through the night
And watch another day dawn
And everything will be cool


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Does Anybody Love You? Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Talk, you can talk, but if you ask me take
All your big words and put them together
What good will they do when the long day is through

Does anybody love you?
Do you think that anybody's in love with

You can dress up or dress down as you
Gaze in the mirror, hung up on your body
What good can it be when there's no one there to see

Does anybody love you?
Do you think that anybody's in love with you

You're so lovely, so wise
You could make Venus crawl
But love between the ugly is the most beautiful love of all

Does anybody love you?
Do you think that anybody's in love with you

Is anybody, anybody in love with you?


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Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

You're prettier than all the world
And I'm so proud, I'm so proud, I'm so proud of you
'Cause you're only one fellow's girl
I'm so proud, I'm so proud, I'm so proud of you
I'm so proud of being loved by you
And it would hurt, hurt to know,
If you ever were untrue, yeah
Sweeter than the taste of a cherry so sweet
Yeah, and I'm so proud, I'm so proud,
I'm so proud of you
Compliments to you from all the people we meet
Yes babe and I'm so proud, I'm so proud,
I'm so proud of you
I'm so proud of being loved by you

I did you wrong
My heart went out to play
But in the game I lost you
What a price to pay
I'm crying - ooh baby, baby

Mistakes
I know I've made a few
But I'm only human
You've made mistakes too
I'm crying - ooh, baby, baby

I'm just about at
The end of my rope
But I can't stop trying
I can't give up hope

'Cause I believe
One day I'll hold you near
Whisper I still love you
Until that day is here
I'm crying - ooh baby, baby

Many guys have come to you
With a line that wasn't true
And then you pass them by
Now you're in the center ring
And their lies don't mean a thing
Why won't you let me try
Now I don't have a diamond ring
I don't even know a song to sing
All I know is La La means
I love you

If I ever saw a girl
That I needed in this world
You are the one for me
Let me take you in my arms
And fill you with my charms
I'm sure that you will see
The things I am saying are true
And the way that I say them to you
Can't you hear me, La La means
I love you

Cool jerk, cool jerk, cool jerk, cool jerk
This cat they're talking about
I wonder who could it be
'Cause I know I'm the heaviest cat
The heaviest cat you ever did see
When you see me walking down the street
And they clapping and they speak
All the business they wish to whisper it
But they know I'm the king of the cool jerks
Ah ha ha
Look at them guys looking at me like I'm a fool
Ah but deep down inside they know I'm cool
I said now,
I said now the moment of truth has finally come
When I was gonna do some, some of that cool jerk
All right, now I want to hear a little bit
Of the drums by himself here
All right, now I want to hear a little bit of
A bass with those eighty-eights
All right, now let's hear the organ player fall in
All right now everybody, I wanna hear you howl
Ah you're cooking, you're smoking
Come on people can you do it?


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Hungry For Love Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Mom's old fashion cooking
Caviar and champagne
A meal at mcdonald's
Nothing fills a man when he's hungry for love
Give him love, make him feel all right
Give him love, help him sleep at night
Give him love, give him one more bite
He's hungry for love (give him that)

An ounce of sweet jamaican
A snowy spoon of powder
A half a pint of bushmill's
Nothing gets you high when you're hungry for love
Give me love, make me feel all right
Give me love, help me sleep at night
Give me love, give me one more bite
I'm hungry for love (give me love, give me love)


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I Don't Want To Tie You Down Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

Sometimes it's hard to look up under
The times we're going through
I scratch my head and stare and wonder
How to face the day anew
But it gives my life a bit more meaning
To feel in love with you, so heavy
I don't want to weigh you down, oh baby
I don't want to tie you down
I don't want a thing to mar this ever

The picture that we make
The balance of our minds together
The perfect give and take
For me to let my love possess you
Would be the worst mistake, I'm sorry
I don't want to bring you down, oh baby
I don't want to tie you down, oh jesus
I don't want to nail you down


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Is It My Name? Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

There is cause and effect
There's a reason I'm so erect
There's last night and there's today
There's a reason you feel this way
Is it my name?
Don't miss the boat Barry, don't miss the plane
I don't think I can make this scene again
Why don't you love me?
Is it my name?

All the lies, all the truth,
All the things that I offer you
All the sights, all the sounds
All the times that you turn me down
Is it my name?
My voice goes so high you would think I was gay
But I play my guitar in such a man-cock way
Why don't you love me?
It is my name?

You only love me for my machine


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Just One Victory Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : A Wizard, A True Star

We've been waiting so long,
We've been waiting so long,
We've been waiting for the sun to rise and shine
Shining still to give us the will

Can you hear me, the sound of my voice?
I am here to tell you I have made my choice
I've been listening to what's been going down
There's just too much talk and gossip going 'round

You may think that I'm a fool, but I know the answer
Words become a tool, anyone can use them
Take the golden rule, as the best example
Eyes that have seen will know what I mean

The time has come to take the bull by the horns
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit 'em one more time)
We've been so downhearted, we've been so forlorn
(We may be losing now but we can't stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)
We get weak and we want to give in
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit 'em one more time)
But we still need each other if we want to win
(We may be losing now but we can't stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)

If you don't know what to do about a world of trouble
You can pull it through if you need to and if
You believe it's true, it will surely happen
Shining still, to give us the will

We've been waiting so long,
We've been waiting so long,
We've been waiting for the sun to rise and shine
Shining still to give us the will
Bright as the day, to show us the way

Somehow, someday,
We need just one victory and we're on our way
Prayin' for it all day and fightin' for it all night
Give us just one victory, it will be all right

We may feel about to fall but we go down fighting
You will hear the call if you only listen
Underneath it all we are here together
Shining still to give us the will
Bright as the day, to show us the way

Somehow, someday,
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit 'em one more time)
We need just one victory and we're on our way
(We may be losing now but we can't stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)
Prayin' for it all day and fightin' for it all night
(Hold that line, baby hold that line, get up boys and hit 'em one more time)
Give us just one victory, it will be all right
(We may be losing now but we can't stop trying, so hold that line, baby hold that line)


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How About A Little Fanfare? Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

How about a little fanfare, fanfare?


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I Think You Know Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

The visitors were never seen
They missed my monologue between
But I think you know
The letters came, the letters went
The last reply was never sent
But I think you know
I can't explain what's in my brain
That tells me where to go
But I think you know

For I would draw a diagram
To signify the things I am
But I think you know
And in the end it all boils down
A useless bit of running 'round
'cause I think you know
And love I send to you my friend
But never tell you so
But I think you know


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The Spark Of Life Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

[Instrumental]

[Spoken:]
No, no, no! a little more humanity, please!


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An Elpee's Worth Of Toons Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

Who's that on the racks again?
A portrait of a crazy man
Trying to make a living off an elpee's worth of toons
A picture of a soul in pain
Trying to change the world with an elpee's worth of toons

There's something at the heart of it that's simply awful
A man who makes a living off a plastic waffle

Sweat is forming on my brow
Not a thing can help me now
My life is on the line for an elpee's worth of toons
I can see the write-ups now
The multitudes are crying for an elpee's worth of toons

A man would simply have to be as mad as a hatter
To try to change the world with a plastic platter

A man would simply have to be as mad as a hatter
To try to change the world with a plastic platter
Trying to change the world with an elpee's worth of toons

What's your problem, sonny?
What's your problem, son?
What's your problem, sonny?
What's your problem, son?

Help me... Help me... Help me...

I want to change the world...


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A Dream Goes On Forever Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

A million old soldiers will fade away
But a dream goes on forever
I'm left standing here, Ive got nothing to say
All is silent within my dream

A thousand true loves will live and die
But a dream goes on forever
The days and the years all go streaking by
But the time is stopped within my dream

We all have our everyday hopes and fears
And you'll find no exception in me
But that doesn't get me through a sea of tears
Over life's biggest tragedy

You're so long ago and so far away
But a dream goes on forever
I guess I believe that I'll see you one day
For without it there is no dream

You're so far away and so long ago
But my dream lives on forever
How much I love you you'll never know
'Till you join me within my dream
How much I love you you'll never know
'Till you join me within my dream


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Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

Love unrequited, robs me of me rest,
Love, hopeless love, my ardent soul encumbers,
Love, nightmare like, lies heavy of me chest,
And weaves itself into my midnight slumbers.

When you're lying awake with a dismal headache and
Repose is taboo'd by anxiety,
I conceive you may use any language you choose to
Indulge in, without impropriety;
For your brain is on fire, the bed-clothes conspire of
Usual slumber to plunder you:
First your counter-pane goes, and uncovers your toes,
And your sheet slips demurely from under you;
Then the blanketing tickles, you feel like mixed
Pickles, so terribly sharp is the pricking,
And you're hot and you're cross, and you tumble and
Toss 'til there's nothing 'twixt you and the ticking.
Then the bed-clothes all creep to the ground in a heap
And you pick 'em all up in a tangle;
Next your pillow resigns and politely declines to
Remain at it's usual angle!
Well, you get some repose in the form of a dose, with
Hot eye-balls and head ever aching,
But your slumbering teems with such horrible dreams
That you'd very much better be waking;
For you dream you are crossing the channel, and
Tossing about in a steamer from harwich,
Which is something between a large bathing machine and
A very small second class carriage,
And you're giving a treat (penny ice and cold meat) to
A party of friends and relations,
They're a ravenous horde, and they all come on board
At sloane square and south kensington stations.
And bound on that journey you find your attorney
(who started this morning from devon);
He's a bit undersiz'd and you don't feel surpris'd
When he tells you he's only eleven.
Well you're driving like mad with this singular lad
(by the bye the ship's now a four wheeler),
And you're playing round games, and he calls you bad

Names when you tell him that "ties pay the dealer";
But this you can't stand so you throw up your hand,
And you find you're as cold as an icicle;
In your shirt and your socks (the black silk with gold clocks)
Crossing sal'sbury plain on a bicycle:
And he and the crew are on bicycles too, which they've
Somehow or other invested in,
And he's telling the tars all the particulars of a
Company he's interested in;
It's a scheme of devices, to get at low prices, all
Good from cough mixtures to cables
(which tickled the sailors), by treating retailers as
Though they were all vegetables;
You get a good spadesman to plant a small tradesman
(first take off his boots with a boot tree),
And his legs will take root, and his fingers will
Shoot, and they'll blossom and bud like a fruit tree;
From the green grocer tree you get grapes and green
Pea, cauliflower, pine apple and cranberries,
While the pastry cook plant cherry brandy will grant,
Apple puffs, and three corners, and banburys;
The shares are a penny and ever so many are taken by
Rothschild and baring,
And just as a few are allotted to you, you awake
And with a shudder despairing
You're a regular wreck, with a crick in your neck, and
No wonder you snore, for your head's on the floor
And you've needles and pins from your soles to your
Shins, and your flesh is acreep, for your left leg's asleep,
And you've cramp in your toes, and a fly on your nose,
And some fluff in your lung, and a feverish tongue,
And a thirst that's intense,
And a general sense that you haven't been sleeping in clover;
But the darkness has pass'd, and it's daylight at
Last, and the night has been long, ditto, ditto my song,
And thank goodness they're both of them over!


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The Last Ride Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

It's the last ride
Our little game is over
It's the last ride
It's time to take you home
And we can't cry 'cause we seen it coming
No use running, take it slower

It's a dangerous drive
I'm afraid to arrive
But I strive to survive
More a fool than alive
I thought I knew just everything
I had it made and I could coast
But I turned away love when I needed it most

It's the last ride
My little game is over
It's the last ride
It's time to take me home
And I can't cry 'cause I seen it coming

No use running, take it slower

And the road rolls around
And turns through the town
The depression drips down
And glazes the ground
Horizons east and skylines west
The moon, the sun, and all the rest
The loving son, the faithful wife
The burnt out wreck of a poor man's life
The father, son, and holy ghost
They all turned away love when they needed it most

It's the last ride
Their little game is over
It's the last ride
It's time to take them home
And they can't cry 'cause they seen it coming
No use running, take it slower


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Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

I remember, I remember
What life was like in the yard
'Cause you can't ever think about dying
And it just makes a person get hard

I keep wondering if my friends feel like I do
I don't know how someone could stand it
To go through what I'm now going through

So every night we party
And every night we get too high
And I put myself so close to death
'Til I think that I ain't gonna die

And I realize just a little
Why sometimes I like to feel like dirt
It's the only thing in this day and age
That can make me feel close to the earth

But if I ever get to heaven
If I ever reach that door
I will listen why I had to go through this life
Why they just couldn't take me before

But everybody's going to Heaven
'Cause already we've all been through Hell

We're gonna laugh all night and cry all day
Watch the big monkey do the King Kong Reggae
A Cadillac and a Chevrolet
Watch the big monkey do the King Kong Reggae
The president of the U. S. A.
Watch the big monkey do the King Kong Reggae
Everybody fall down on your knees and pray
Here comes that big monkey doing the King Kong Reggae


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No. 1 Lowest Common Denominator Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

I wanna see your number 1 lowest common denominator
You're so hot! What choo got?
On the outside I'm a good boy
Let me inside 'cause I'm full of joy
I don't want to shock you but I'm an electric eel
How's that make your denominator feel?

Think I'll surprise her
I can always depend on my great equalizer
I wanna grind, lose your mind
I kissed you once, but will I kiss you again?
Be certain with sex and you'll always have friends
Your glands wanna freak, your hands wanna speak
And your mind slips away at the peak

Recitation (A Poem of Love)

Time stops - the light goes on
A thundering head and no body
Washed up and woke up on the beach,
Seaside breakfast
A tender egg on white sand
Legs long and tan without a break, even to the neck
Suddenly, simultaneously, an eclipse and a snowfall
Flakes melt instantly on the shoulders like wet silver
Burning little holes all the way to the marrow
Puckered flesh like avocado sags into a green pool
All the birds leave turquoise ruts
Across the Velveeta sky
It's time to scream

I wanna be your number 1 lowest common denominator


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Useless Begging Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

Is that you?
Look who's on the skids this time
Bitchin' 'bout her place in line
And all you really want is attention
'cause you're like every other girl uptown
Who wants to ride her face around
And wave about that power you have to put me down
And so I'll tell ya
To see you like this is nearly tragic
But it's like ruby says our dreams have magic
But I know useless begging won't help me

Yes it's you
You leave me nothing left to say
'cause I thought that we'd return one day
Together to a great sphere of knowledge
But that would never do for you
'cause you thought you knew a thing or two
But you don't even know what is and isn't true
And so I'll tell ya
I was a fool that's why I got burned
But in all that time there's one thing I learned
And that is useless begging won't help me


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Izzat Love? Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

Izzat love what I feel when you're in my arms
Make me die before I'd do you harm
When you're lost I will lead you home
If you're cold, you know I'll keep you warm
Am I wrong?
Or izzat love when I dream there is no one else
In the end, who's your friend? Just myself
Izzat love to forget my pride
To conceal how it feels deep inside
Am I wrong?
Or izzat love?
Izzat love to forgive all those things you've done
If you go still you know I'm the one
Only love, love alone can survive
Deep inside I believe it's alive
Am I wrong?
Or izzat love?


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Heavy Metal Kids Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

It's like a normal times square day on 42nd street
I feel like trashing some windows and crunching some feet
I watch society crumble and I just laugh (hee hee)
They soon will see what it's like to be the other half

But I'm trying
Said I'm trying to forget
And it ain't happened yet

I musta woke up this morning with a bug up my ass
I think I'll just haul off and belt the next jerk that I pass
My old man says I'm just a stoned little punk
But he keeps himself a pistol and he's always drunk

I know
Something's gonna give

Pretty soon
I know it
Something's gonna give
I wanna live
I wanna mess thing whole world around
Go on and poison all the water, use up all the air
Blow your stupid heads off, see if I could care
Put me down but don't blame me for what you did
'cause inside everyone is a heavy metal kid

I was a sweet little kid once
Now I'm a full grown crank
And when I die I'll probably come back as a sherman tank
I know that I could make this world so peaceful and calm
If I could only get my hands on a hydrogen bomb


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Don't You Ever Learn? Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

Don't you ever listen?
Don't you ever learn?
The hand may find you
It's time to take a turn
You think this life is something strange
You're ready for another change
But don't you ever learn?

Don't you ever listen?
Don't you ever learn?
The world is on fire
Your body doesn't burn
Kill yourself before receiving
Something out of all this breathing
Don't you ever learn?


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Sons Of 1984 Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Todd

Open your eyes and see
The world I couldn't change for you
Reach out your hand and take
The world that will belong to you

We were on our way to a better day
And the spirit was in us all
But as time went by we fell by the wayside
Maybe you'll be the last to fall

You are the only ones
There is nobody left but you
You are the chosen ones
There is nobody else to choose

Back when I was young, my hope was strong
But the time blew it all to hell
If I thought I knew what was good for you
I would have gone and done it for myself

Worlds of tomorrow
Life without sorrow
Take it because it's yours
Sons of 1984

I can still see the great panorama of hate
Being cleansed by our loving hands
But the brothers broke stride, the sisters cried
Now you have to start all over again


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Real Man Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Initiation

When I was a child
I thought as a child
I spoke as a child
I didn't know better
But now I'm a man
I look like a man
I'm old as a man
And I should know better
Got my head in the sky
And my mind knows what it wants
But my body just drags me down
And my world is something you can't see
But it's still very real to me
You can find it in the hole where I keep my soul
There it is - way down inside me
There's a real man
Forget about my body and be a real man

I see with my heart
I hear with my heart
I feel with my heart
Sometimes it works better
And some so-called friends put me down
And they pity me for trying
Bad emotions push me around
But the vision shines on and on
It will shine when we all are gone
And I'd like to add a little sparkle while I'm here
Light it up - way down inside me
There's a real man
Forget about bad feelings and be a real man

Some men's world is only hate and money
Afraid of everything and they laugh at nothing
And they only live to criticize
You can laugh at me now (ha ha ha)
But the time comes to everybody
When you must decide
When that day finally comes along
You might wish you'd been a little more strong
Then you'll wake up in the morning cryin'
"Oh my God"
There it is - way down inside me
It's a real man
You got to grow up sometime
Be a real man
Suffer them slings and arrows
Be a real man
Now be a real man
Don't sell yourself for nothing
Be a real man
Don't take no crap from no one
Be a real man
Get your trip together
Be a real man


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Born To Synthesize Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Initiation

A handful of nothing is all that I need
It contains plus and minus everything
The odd combinations are what make up
The world that you see before you
In one hand I hold what people call good
The rest I hold in the other
But these are just symbols to the perfected minds
Of which we are but mere reflections
I was born to synthesize
Energize and catalyze
I was born to synthesize
Like waves on still water the forms reappear
Quickly erasing the ones before
But forms like these are born only to die
But the life in them lives forever

Pyramids, spheres, and obelisks
Are the patterns of all creation
But the red polygon's only desire
Is to get to the blue triangle
I was born to synthesize
Visions rise before your eyes
I was born to synthesize
The orbits of consciousness spin 'round and 'round
Apparently they go nowhere
But the odd combinations are leading you on
To your home which is in the center
You were born to synthesize
Ain't no jive - it's no surprise
You were born to synthesize


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The Death Of Rock And Roll Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Initiation

Just the other day I got a call from a friend
"I heard what you been playin' and I think it's a sin
Why can't you make a living like the rest of the boys
Instead of fillin' your head with all that synthesized noise?"
Jackals wait nearby, watching rock and roll die
And no one dared to help it
Vultures fill the sky
I thought we was supposed ta, supposed ta be free
But we all got sold
It must be the death of rock and roll
The critics got together and they started a game
You get your records for nothing
And you call each other names

Things got out of hand and somebody got sore
Now we're all tuning up for the rock and roll war
Time to take up sides, helping rock and roll die
Pick up your check at the window
No one left to cry
I thought we was supposed ta, supposed ta be free
But we all got sold
It must be the death of rock and roll
Nobody paid, nobody played, nobody stayed
Just my lonely guitar
Nobody paid, nobody stayed, nobody played
Just my lonely guitar


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Eastern Intrigue Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Initiation

As the sun rises in the east
As the wind blows the fog across the sea
As the hand of man creeps across the face of the world
Caught in a web of glamours
Persian perfume and oriental eyes
Yogi in knots and sufi wise
Master sublime and swami high
Through in some voodoo on the side
And a dash of the old kung fu
Lord you got me strung out on eastern intrigue
Chapter six and verse eleven
If you wanna get to heaven
You've got to ask the man who owns the property
Ya gotta dance your dance
And do your act
And get his big attention that's a natural born fact
I'm on my knees, one question please
Will the real God please stand up?

Jesus and moses, mohammed, and sri krishna
Steiner, gurdjief, blavatsky, and bhudda

Guru maharaji, reverend sun myung moon

On the banks of the holy nile
As the palm tree sways at the base of the sphinx
'neath a crescent desert moon many thousands
Younger than ours
In fact, forget about time completely
Think of it in the abstract please
Think of the swaying tropic trees
One of your many destinies
Like having a hot peyote tea
In the palace of fu manchu
Lord you got me strung out on eastern intrigue
Sell your wife and pawn your heater
Buy the new bhagavad gita
Do the pranayama 'til your spine gets sore
I'll tell you for free
'cause God told me
We checked it with the pope and so we all agree
I'm on my knees, one question please
Will the real God please sit down?


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Initiation Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Initiation

Power changes hands in the unseen worlds
'cause in '75 something comes alive
Watch the silver cup and the golden rod
Silently listen and it shall be revealed
I was born to fly higher,
Born to stand where I'm standing now
Basking in the light of the neon fire
As it burns my useless body to the ground
Desire let me go
I would fly so high through the sky, never to die
Love has come, love has come
Inside outside, it shall be revealed
Brilliant stars splash down across a crystal sky
And the moon and the sun and the earth are one
See the shining soul break the ring-pass-not
Spiraling upward and it shall be revealed
The spirit is free
The universe wants it to be, it calls you and me
Love has come, love has come
Over under, it shall be revealed
When the bells ring out
And the fire burns within and without
Initiation
When your star grows bright

And fills all of the world with it's light
Unification
Swallow your pride, you don't need it no more
Don't have to hide, all I am is only one more
Standing at the door
Waiting for the world's initiation
Thunder roar and lightning crack
Snakes of fire dance up and down my back
A long, long road is behind me now
Too late to be afraid of the choice that I have made
But there's one thing I know
Where my spirit says to go,
You know that's where I must go
When the golden ray
Of the dawn signifies a new day
Initiation
And when loves grows strong
And the spheres join together in song
Unification
Swallow your pride, you don't need it no more
Don't need to hide, all I am is
Only one more, then shut the door
Waiting for the world's initiation
Over under, it shall be revealed


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Fair Warning Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Initiation

You know, wishing won't make it so
Hoping won't do it, praying won't do it
Religion won't do it, philosophy won't do it
The supreme court won't do it,
The president and the congress won't do it
The un won't do it, the h-bomb won't do it,
The sun and the moon won't do it
And God won't do it,
And I certainly won't do it
That leaves you, you'll have to do it

I know that you've been wondering
If I'm the same man inside
Never tried to fool you
'cause I've got nothing to hide
I gave you fair warning I could never be tied down
'til I've seen paradise with my very own eyes
Love owns us all, time owns us all, life owns us all
But the world doesn't own me
Dontcha follow me now
I ain't afraid to say I may have been wrong
I have to go now
I'd rather live by a dream than live by a lie
And that's why
There ain't no cure for what I've got baby
We just have to suffer
I feel no pain, I can't complain,
Things could always be rougher
But I picked up this banner
And I just can't put it down (no)
I can't let the world die just 'cause no one would try
Dontcha follow me now

Everybody's got to find his own place in the sun,
Everyone
So shine on me now
I'd rather live by a dream then live by a lie
You can say what you will about me
Talk is cheap and I don't mind
When you lay your life down in them grooves
You know you're bound to get scratched up sometime
It's only just a song, pay me no mind
I have to go now
You've got to walk that road alone
If you walk it at all
Don't follow me now
I gave you all fair warning
Now it's goodbye
And every once in a while why don't you think of me
'cause it's a long, long time and a long way to go
Can't you see the light shining in my eyes
'cause it's just one victory
'cause your dream goes on forever
Don't you know that I've been trying
To get my trip together
Be a real man
I got to be a real man
1, 2, 3, do it one more time
Be a real man
Everybody be a real man
Go then, don't believe, and I don't know
'cause I got to be a real man
You can be a man, a real man
I'll swim that river, climb that mountain
You and me, we all gotta be, real men


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Happenings Ten Years Time Ago Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

Meeting people along my way
Seemingly I am among they
But in reality of things
What my dreaming always brings

Happenings ten years time ago
Situations we really know
But the knowing is in the mind
Sinking deep into the world of time

Looking in a room I see
Things that mean a lot to me
Why they do I never know
Memories don't strike me so

It seems to me I've been here before
Those sounds I heard and the sights I saw
Was it for real, was it in my dreams
I need to know what it all means


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Good Vibrations Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air

I'm picking up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations
Good bop bop, good vibrations
Bop bop, excitations
Good, good, good, good vibrations

Close my eyes, she is somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look in her eyes
She comes with me to a blossom world
I don't know where but she sends me there

Oh my my my, what a sensation

Oh my my, what elation

Got to keep those loving good vibrations
Happening with her


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Rain Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

If the rain comes, they run and hide their heads
They might as well be dead if the rain comes
When the sun shines, they slip into the shade
And sip their lemonade, when the sun shines

Rain, I don't mind
Shine, the weather's fine

I can show you that when it starts to rain
Everything's the same, I can show you
Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines
It's just a state of mind, can you hear me

I know what it's like to be dead
I know what it is to be sad


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Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

You say you love me and you thinking of me
But you know you could be wrong
You say you told me that you want to hold me
But you know you're not that strong

I just can't do what I done before
I just can't beg you anymore
I'm just gonna let you pass

I'm gonna last
'cause time will tell just who has fell
And who's been left behind
When you go your way and I go mine

You say you disturb me and you don't deserve me
But you know sometimes you lie
You say you're breaking and you're always aching
But you know how hard you try

Sometimes it gets so hard to care
You just can't be this way everywhere
I'm gonna let you pass

Well the judge he holds a grudge
He's gonna call on you
But he's badly built and he walks on stilts
Watch out he don't fall on you

You say you're sorry for telling stories
That you know I believe are true
You say you got some other kind of lover
And I guess I believe you do

You say my kisses aren't like his
This time I ain't gonna tell you why that is
I'm just gonna let you pass


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If Six Was Nine Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

[Whisper:]
Yeah, sing the song Bro'

If the sun refused to shine
I don't mind, I don't mind
If the mountains fell in the sea
Let it be, it ain't me
All right, 'cause I got my own world to look through
And I ain't gonna copy you

Now if six turned out to be nine
I don't mind, I don't mind
If all the hippies cut off all their hair
I don't care, I don't care
Dig, 'cause I got my own world to live through

And I ain't gonna copy you

White collar conservatives flashing down the street
Pointing their plastic finger at me
They're hoping soon my kind will drop and die
But I'm gonna wave my freak flag high (high)

Fall mountain, just don't fall on me
Go on Mr. business man, you can't dress like me
You don't even know what I'm talking about
I'm the one that's got to die
When it's time for me to die
So let me live my life the way I want to
Sing on brother, play on drummer


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Strawberry Fields Forever Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

Let me take you down
'cause I going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It's getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn't matter much to me

No one I think is in my tree
I mean it must be high or low
That is the catch you know
Tune in but it's all right
That is I think it's not too bad

Always know sometimes think it's me
But you know I know when it's a dream
I think I know, I mean, oh yes, but it's all wrong
That is I think I disagree


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Black And White Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

Stick to your guns
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
Nobody knows the trouble this poor boy's seen
People will believe anything

Man on the run
Always gets it in the end
Nobody cares 'cause nobody shares his dream
People don't believe anything
Everything is changed
Everything is still the same
It's just a part of the game

Blood on the moon
Patterns running across the floor
A musical inside a movie inside a dream
Guess you can believe anything
Everything is changed

Everything is still the same
It's all a part of the game

Mama, papa, boys, and girls
Holding hands around the world
Wrong is wrong and right is right
Nothing changes overnight
I'll believe it when I see it in black and white

Tell me the truth
Nobody leaves here alive
In the black core of doubt
Trying to get out in the light
Sometimes you can't see anything
Everyone is changed
Everyone is still the same
They can't get out of the game


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Love Of The Common Man Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

I've been burned in my prime
The simple things in life
Seem so hard to learn sometimes
And it takes so long
Catch it while you can
Too late tomorrow
And everyone

Said we all know what comes of that
Living in your pockets and talking through your hat
But it won't take long
To turn your head around
Too late tomorrow
'cause everyone needs the love of the common man
Turn the world around
Too late tomorrow

'cause everyone

Everyone is waiting, just anticipating on you
Won't you make a showing everybody knows what to do
Take a dive from your ivory tower
And fall on everyone will catch you, everyone

I would be so pleased to spend some time
To hear a little talk about what's been on your mind
'cause it don't take long
To turn my head around
If it comes easy
'cause everyone needs the love of the common man
Turn the world around
Too late tomorrow
'cause everyone


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When I Pray Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

Now I lay me down to sleep
I'm praying lord my soul to keep
If I die before I wake
Somebody make a big mistake

I'm only just one little man
Just usin' up the air
Still I'm askin' anyway
Lord when I pray, please be there
Lord when I pray, please be there

Singin' om om my god, please be there

You know I'm just like all my kind
I got a weak and confused mind
When I feel a little pain
You know how I love to complain

But I try to be strong
I try hard to lift my share
I don't expect for nothing
But lord when I pray, please be there

Now I sing for you


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Cliche Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

One more game, one more chance
One more orchestrated song and dance
He'd be up front and speak his peace
And ask for her time
To put their heads together
And try to make the knot unwind
And it strikes home that it's time to make his move
Or it's time to turn and walk away
So he plays that old cliché

Silent tears, bleeding heart
Well our prima donna plies her art
Defenses of defenses of faultless design
Still she's only asking him
To help her make the knot unwind
And if the very next words
Leaving her lips could decide
If he'd go or if he'd stay
She would play that old cliché

Who makes up the rules for the world?

Haven't we been down this road before?
Isn't anything peculiar here?
Certainly there must be something more

Where are the words, where are the words,
Where are the words
Where are the words, where are the words,
Where are the words
And it's almost not worth singing about,
It seems so everyday anyway
Still we play that old cliché

And here sit i, one man show
I vivisect and then pretend to know
All it ever gets me is an ache in the mind
Can't somebody help me to try to make the knot unwind
And I say what I say when I know
There's really nothing left to say
Then I play that old cliché
Throw away that old cliché


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The Verb "To Love" Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

Sum people tell me that love is a feeling
Oar a possession
Somehow it seams sew cold
End when they say love is sweet,
Does it mean that ewe eat it?
Maybe ewe drink it,
Does it fill up an empty whole?

I'm lookin' four a love end eye may not fined it
Ewe no it doesn't mean a thing
Without sum action behind it

Pleas cum home
Eye can here them calling
Pleas cum home
Pleas don't leave us all alone
Yore mama end yore papa are crying all alone
Ewe better let it magnetize, learn two sacrifice
'til we get the true version of
The meaning of the verb 'two love'
What does it mean two love?

End when somebody kneads love,
Dew they spend sum money?
Say something funny,
Ask four sum tenderness?
End when ewe wanna touch of love,
Dew ewe lay on yore back?
Stand on yore head,
How dew ewe feel it best?

I'm looking four a love with know strings attached

Two take me like eye am, that's the only catch

Pleas cum home
Eye can here them calling
Pleas cum home
Pleas don't leave us all alone
Yore wife end yore lover are crying all alone
Ewe better let it magnetize, learn two sacrifice
'til we learn the true version of
The meaning of the verb 'two love'

Does it mean any more,
The more ewe talk about it
Is it anymore reel
If ewe jump around end shout it
I'm sic end tired of hearing
'bout everyone without it end
Two much talkin' sends me walkin'
Night is falling end everybody's calling four love

Everybody's lookin' four they're won end only
Its only just a game 'cause their scared two bee lonely

Pleas cum home
Eye can here them calling
Pleas cum home
Pleas don't leave us all alone
Yore brothers end yore sisters are crying all alone
Ewe got two let it magnetize, learn to sacrifice
'til we get the true version of
The meaning of the verb 'two love'
What does it mean two love?


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Boogies (Hamburger Hell) Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Faithful

Beefsteak charlie says to porky the pig
"I can see the party lights
Someone's throwin' a bash and it sure looks big
Down at the slaughterhouse tonight."
Say, let's get together and hit the buffet
You might as well stuff yourself,
They'll only throw it away

Old colonel sanders says to elsie the cow
"golly, baby you're the one

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce,
Pickle, cheese, onions on a sesame seed bun."
Say, we just got time for a roll in the hay
Might as well stuff yourself
They've come to take you away

I know where you're going, I can tell
Don't go looking for me down in hamburger hell
Don't misunderstand me, I wish you well
Don't go looking for me down in hamburger hell


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All The Children Sing Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

See Ms. Malone
She spends another quiet evening alone
Sits in her study and stares at the phone
And a bell in her head will ring

All the children sing
All the dancers start to sway in time
The orchestra begins to play
Somebody pours the wine
The sun and moon collide
Isn't gravity a funny thing
The universe explodes apart
All the children sing

Of Mr. Malloy
He's always seen himself as one of the boys
He thinks that men are tough and women are toys
But a bell in his head will ring

All the children sing
All the birds are chirping harmony
The scent of love is in the air
Sunset on the sea
The angel of the lord
Just declared we aren't worth a thing
The galaxy is null and void
All the children sing

Crawled across a thousand miles of desert sand
Looking from an answer from a holy man
And this is what he told me with a wave of his hand
He said, "A bell in your head will ring"

Here's to the Chinaman, wise and old
Here's to the Eskimo, brave and cold
Here's to the Jew in the holy land
Here's to the Arab in his caravan
Here's to the African, strong and proud
Here's to the redneck, good and loud
Here's one to you and there's one more thing
A bell in your head will ring


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Can We Still Be Friends Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

We can't play this game anymore
But can we still be friends?
Things just can't go on like before
But can we still be friends?
We had something to learn
Now it's time for the wheel to turn
Grains of sand, one by one
Before you know it, all gone

Let's admit we made a mistake
But can we still be friends?
Heartbreak's never easy to take
But can we still be friends?
It's a strange, sad affair
Sometimes seems like we just don't care
Don't waste time feeling hurt
We've been through hell together

(La la lala la la lalala
Can we still be friends?)
Can we still get together sometime
(La la lala la la lalala
Can we still be friends?)
You know life will still go on and on and on

We awoke from our dream
Things are not always what they seem
Memories linger on
It's like a sweet, sad old song


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Hurting For You Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Yesterday
I just saw the one you left behind, yesterday
I could tell that he was hurting for you
Sad, but he can't deny it
There was nothing else he could do
He was one of the many struck by it

Hurting for you
Finish before it started
It's the only thing left to do
'cause the last of the broken-hearted
Is hurting for you

Day to day

That's how you should learn
To live your life, day to day
Put aside those dreams that keep hurting for you
Don't let the pain remind you
There is nothing else you can do
Better not ever let the day find you

Sympathy
I don't want to sound like what I feel
Seems like pity at all
Destiny
But in the great design of life
We are all so pitifully small


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Too Far Gone Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Why don't you write your mother
Why don't you call your family
They're expecting an answer
Spare them your strange behavior
What of your expectations
Weren't you going to show us all
Some new kind of dancer
This season's singing savior

I'm too far gone, and it's no use pretending
I could ever forget what I done
I'm already too far gone,
I got no bridges left to burn

It's better to keep moving on
It's such a long way down, too far to fall
Too much trouble to turn back around

Think of your friends and neighbors
Suffering through your lamest years
You must owe them something
Come now, you must remember
Haven't you finished playing
Get down to business soon
Because your lean years are coming
June now, but come december


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Onomatopoeia Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Onomatopoeia every time I see ya
My senses tell me hubba
And I just can't disagree
I get a feeling in my heart that I can't describe
It's sort of lub, dub, lub, dub
A sound in my head that I can't describe
It's sort of zoom, zip, hiccup, drip
Ding, dong, crunch, crack, bark, meow, whinnie, quack

Onomatopoeia in proximity ya
Rearrange my brain in a strange cacophony
I get a feeling somewhere that I can't describe
It's sort of uh, uh, uh, uh

A sound in my head that I can't describe
It's sort of whack, whir, wheeze, whine
Sputter, splat, squirt, scrape
Clink, clank, clunk, clatter
Crash, bang, beep, buzz
Ring, rip, roar, retch
Twang, toot, tinkle, thud
Pop, plop, plunk, pow
Snort, snuk, sniff, smack
Screech, splash, squish, squeek
Jingle, rattle, squeel, boing
Honk, hoot, hack, belch


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Determination Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Girl the last time I saw you, you were crying my name
When I put you on the spot, will you still feel the same

Show me some determination
Show me the measure of your dedication
I need to see just a reflection of your inspiration
Don't you break down on me, don't you break down on me

I'm looking for someone, someone strong enough to believe in
Everybody's looking for someone strong enough to stand on his feet
And never break down

I'll put my life on the line and believe what you say
I'll go out on a limb if you meet me halfway

Show me some determination
Show me the measure of your dedication
I need to see just a reflection of your inspiration
Don't you break down on me, don't you break down on me

I'm looking for someone to show me what they mean by devotion
Everybody's looking for someone prepared to put aside his emotion
And never break down

You're a new wave raver and you like to talk tough
But can you still cut the mustard when the going gets rough

Show me some determination
Show me the measure of your dedication
I need to see just a reflection of your inspiration
Don't you break down on me, don't you break down on me

I need a demonstration of your determination
Give me an indication of your determination

Yeah, oh oh oh

Determination
You've got to show me the measure of your dedication
I need to see, I need to see just a reflection of your inspiration
Don't you break down on me, don't you break down on me

Three days in the rain and I ain't had no sleep
But I won't break down now, I got a promise to keep
Showing my determination, 'cause that's the way I am

Determination
Show me the measure of your dedication
Just a reflection of your inspiration
Don't you break down on me, don't you break down on me


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Bread Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Sleeping at night in a plaster board box
Scratching the earth with the nails on my fingers
And the ground pukes up rocks and rocks and more rocks
And when the seeds finally reach the ground
It's all been for nothing

I hear the cries of children at night
I watch their faces grow sallow with hunger
Who draws the line between what's wrong and right
And when I ask my life is for
It's all been for nothing

Save your regrets for the dead, but for the living
Give them love and give them bread
One more hungry mouth to be fed
Remember the living
Give them love, give them bread

Standing in the light of the kitchen screen door
Like some kind of untouchable stuck in calcutta
I almost forget what I'm standing here for
And I don't know what to do but I know
I won't leave with nothing

Where are the days when life was carefree
Why must I suffer this, what was my crime
Begging or thievery, which shall it be
Is there no other choice for me
I can't live with nothing

Justice only comes to the dead
And when they ask me what life is for
I must give them something


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Bag Lady Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Like a fly batters itself against a window
Time and again and again it senselessly blunders
Up and down the length of West Broadway
The bag lady wanders

Fifty cents rent goes pretty far
When you live in a subway car
One stop's the same as another
Even son of Sam sees her sleeping,
She's not worth the bother

Sorrow, do they ever want to cry
Do they see us pass by
Where do they come from (simple answers)
Do they come falling,
Falling from the sky like rain
Crawling up the basement drain
Misfits and black sheep
Former brothers, friends of mothers

There is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow
There is only now and that hardly matters
No one cares about sad old ladies
With bags full of tatters

One day it gets a bit too cold
Maybe a little too wet, maybe a little too lonely
Lifelessly she lies amidst her bag world
But maybe she's only sleeping


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You Cried Wolf Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

You cried wolf once too often
You cried wolf, you made me run
You cried wolf, I caught you bluffing
You'll cry wolf but I'll be gone

If you need someone to love
You only had to ask
Instead you pulled a false alarm
Baby, just for a laugh
You can have your little joke

But when they see what you done
You will holler for assistance and nobody will come

You can threaten me forever
With the same old song
But you can toy with my emotions
Baby, only so long
Because the very next time
I see you talk through your hat
You will get no more attention, I can promise you that


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Lucky Guy Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Some people don't seem real at all
Unafraid of any mountain
Sure that the gods won't let him fall
Should he fall, he will always get up again

If he's hurt, he never shows it
If he's wrong, nobody knows it
Seems like he never has to try
He just must be a lucky guy

And when there's pain, he never minds it
When it's lost, he always finds it
Nobody really knows just why
He just must be a lucky guy
I wish I was that lucky guy


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Out Of Control Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Hot damn
Never dreamed a man could know such speed
Never had a chance to fill my need
It's just what I always wanted
To be the last of a dying breed
Said I thought I had my number down
I'd seen every scene to hit this town
Looks like no one wants to tell you
When something like this comes around

There they go, everyone's going
Everyone's gone this time
There they go, everyone's going
Don't you get left behind
Looks like it's gonna explode
Looks like it's gonna explode
Looks like it's gonna go totally out of control

Look out
I ain't never seen such chaos before
I ain't got no point of reference no more
And when I get my trip together
I'll be making a rush for the door
Doesn't anybody here know the rules
Hasn't anybody gotten through school
And the more I hear the answers
The more that I feel like a fool

Here I go, everyone's going
Everyone's gone this time
Here I go, everyone's going
Don't you get left behind
I think I'm gonna explode
I think I'm gonna explode
I think I'm gonna go totally out of control


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Fade Away Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Hermit Of Mink Hollow

The day is done, the blinds are drawn
The sound of afternoon is gone
The corner store has locked it's door
And everyone has left for home
When their sleepy little heads
Settle snug inside their beds
You and I will stay and watch the sun fade away

The balladeer, the buccaneer
The liar, the man who would be king
The cavalier, the profiteer
The one who knows only suffering
As the cannons gather rust,
All their castles turn to dust
You and I will stay and see them fade away

We are on an endless flight my friend

With no beginning and no end
I've forgotten more than I remember
Sometimes I want to hide myself away
But I know there's no escape
We must go on, go on forever
The sea will rise, mountains fall
The earth will turn itself upside down
But we have seen it all before,
We will always be around
In a hundred million years
When the planet disappears
You and I will stay
And watch the world fade away
And in a million trillion years
When the stars all disappear
You and I will stay
And watch it all fade away


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Healer Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

My child, I had a visitation in my sleep last night
Something was calling to me from a blinding light
And told me not to fear it, hear it

It said, "it's time to make the world a little wiser.
There are enough destroyers and criticizers.
The world needs a healer, healer"

And I awoke, my heart was pounding
'cause it was not like me to have such dreams
But I could not fall asleep for wondering
Why the messenger had come to me

My child, I am too old and I am set in my ways
But now I realize just what the voice conveyed
You will be a healer, healer

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice
Because the healer comes
The healer comes

Your destiny I lay before you
But then the choice was never yours nor mine
When it's time to take this burden on you
Then I will take the one you leave behind


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Pulse Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

Step by step by step by step by
Steps grow longer
'til it's just like stepping in another world

Feel that pulse that pulse that pulse
That pulse go stronger
Like a breath line coming from another world

Don't want to leave my old world but I can't deny
What it is that draws me on

Like a magnet pulling from another world

Don't know what I'll find in the new world
But I'm not afraid of the sound that calls me on
Like a siren singing in another world

Here comes a change, and another change,
And another change
And another wave of change
Like a heartbeat pumping from another world


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Flesh Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

Oh the law is the law
For no man wrote the law
They who would change the law just abuse it
Oh the law is the law
There is no justice outside the law
But if you know the law, you can use it

If you will, then you will
For nothing can withstand your will
As your faith is so you are
Where your mind is there you are
Just as action follows thought
You can be whole again

Be healed again
And make your body follow

You are thy flesh and flesh will obey
You are thy flesh and flesh must obey

Whoa your life is your life
No one else can live your life
And the debts of your life
You must pay them
If a man knows the law
He gets help from the law
Only fools fear the law that can save them


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Golden Goose Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

If you know how to catch a mouse
The world will beat a pathway to your door
But since the first one's found our house
I can appreciate the saying more

I don't know
What they expect to find
I don't know
I can't make up my mind

They say he's got a special gift
But I don't envy him at all
They started camping in the yard
They've got their ears pressed up against the wall

I don't know
How long can this go on
I don't know
How did it last this long

Everybody wants an egg from the golden goose
But no one cares if they're the one who kills the golden goose
Everybody wants an egg from the golden goose
I wonder just how many eggs are in the golden goose?

A paparazzi's at the door
He says he's here from people magazine
And there's some lady on the phone
Wants him to advertise designer jeans

I don't know
How long can this go on
I don't know
How did it last so long, yeah

Everybody wants an egg from the golden goose
But no one cares if they're the one who kills the golden goose
Everybody wants an egg from the golden goose
I wonder just how many eggs are in the golden goose?


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Compassion Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

You want more, and still more,
Until you get more than you ever bargained for.
Now it's plain, clear as rain,
I've seen your symptoms many times before.

Lying on your bed of pain
What will you have now?

What are riches untold in a life without compassion?
For there's no winter as cold
As a life without compassion.
There's no prescription that's sold
That can heal you like compassion.

Well you tried and you cried,
And let your disappointment make you hard inside.
You have doubt, you reach out,
Still you're the only one you care about.

Hiding in your sack of woe
What do you need now?

For there is nothing so sad

As a life without compassion.
And even love has turned bad,
It was love without compassion.
And you don't need what you had
'cause you did not have compassion.

Dying on your bed of pain
What will you have now?

You'll get no judgment from me,
I can only feel compassion.
And if that's what you need,
I will give you my compassion.
Just don't forget about me
'cause we all need some compassion.

Open up your heart
So you can start to feel compassion.
Get down on your knees,
Pray to heaven for compassion.
Everybody needs compassion.
If you want to be healed
Then you know you got to feel compassion.


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Shine Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

Now as the evening sun sets on you healer
Your day is over, your light is fading away at last
And the wolves howl after the healer
Fighting for pieces, bits of his shattered remains
All who could know it
First they curse you then they warn you so
Then they use you and then they go on
'til they curse you and there's no more
And they turn off all the light
That you were giving away
And they burn off but they just don't seem to shine
Is it all gone, is there no one who will shine?

Don't let the secret out, it's much too early
They are not ready but the hour is close at hand
For the wolves of the world are still hungry
But they are dying, there is no healing for them

You will know by the signs you have seen before
In your seeds of life there are more to come

The healer was not alone
He will turn on all the light
That they've been hiding away
Turn on the light
He will burn off
Come on and shine you diamond shine
They will turn on all the light
That they've been hiding away
They've got to turn on the light
They will burn off
Come on shine you diamond shine

There are a million eyes watching the world tonight
Have we learned nothing?
Do we merit another chance?
By what grace have we earned some redemption
Ten million saviors, ten billion angels of man
Those who know that such miracles can be so
They arrive because they must go
And lead believers to bring it home


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Healing, Part I Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

Listen, listen
Listen to the voice,
The voice is an illusion
Listen to the voice,
Don't let the words confuse you
'cause you need something to concentrate on,
Concentrate on me
You need something to meditate on,
Meditate on me

Listen, listen
Listen to your heart
Tune into the rhythm
Listen to your heart
Beating with precision
Like the waves upon the seaside,
It goes on and on
Like the spinning of the world,
It goes on and on

Listen, listen
Listen for the sound
That is not in the music
Only you can hear it,
Only you can use it
It's the sound of someone breathing,
It's the breath of life
It's the sound that you are weaving
With the thread of life

Listen, listen
Listen to the sound,
Let nothing disturb you
You are in a place
Where nothing can hurt you
If you feel a strange sensation,
It can do no harm
Like the spiral of creation,
It will soon move on


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Healing, Part II Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

Where you are going
You cannot take your body
You are on a journey,
The baggage is too heavy

You can leave your legs behind you,
You will learn to fly
You can leave your arms behind you,
You will touch the sky
You can leave your head behind you,
You are thought itself
You can leave the rest behind you,
You are breath itself

Now you are naked,
There's no one here to judge you
See the clear light
Shining high above you
Then you're floating in the silence,
You are not alone

For the power of your being
Keeps you flowing on
Look upon yourself
Only with compassion
Strip away the shell
Hiding your perfection
Though your past was full of darkness,
Now the past is gone
And your life is starting over
When it's just begun

Now you are whole,
Don't you recognize it
Towering eternal
Behind the troubled thoughts that hide it
Though at times it seems so distant,
It is always there
When you need it's peace and power,
You will know it's here


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Healing, Part III Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

Listen, listen
Listen to the cry
Of a world that's calling to you
Listen to the cry
Of the helpless souls that need you
Though you may have trepidation
You can not refuse
You will find your own salvation
In the path you choose

Listen, listen
Listen to the voice
That whispers in the silence
Listen as the voice
Solidifies your self reliance
Let the peace that you've discovered
Be a guiding light
Let the cry that you've uncovered
Set the world alright

You could not be closer to your maker
Never more or less alone
If you know thyself
There's nothing else to know
You are whole

Listen, listen
Listen to the sound,
Let nothing disturb you
You are in a place
Where nothing can hurt you
If you feel a strange sensation,
It can do no harm
Like the spiral of creation,
It will soon move on


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Time Heals Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

If you're bleeding,
Then everyone can see you're bleeding
They can call for the doctor,
Who'll provide what the diagnosis says you're needing
Then he'll take away your pain
But if your heart,
Your heart has been broken
And you don't wear it on your sleeve
No one can tell,
Your hell goes unspoken
But there's one thing you must believe

Time heals the wounds no one can see
Time heals the wounds that no one can see

If you're crying
Then everyone can see you crying

And they all sympathize
But it just doesn't matter
Though they may be trying,
They can't feel the hurt inside
You can't go on,
You've gone to the limit
And your life seems to slip away
You're on your own
Alone you must face it
And tomorrow's so far away

You got to hold on baby
Got to give it time to heal
Time heals the wounds that no one can see
You must believe what they say is true
It do's wonders for ya, yeah, yeah


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Tiny Demons Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : Healing

One of them plays a piccolo in my ear
Another one makes me smell things that aren't there
And they know where to hide
And they know everything that's inside
Of my head
Tiny demons, inside me

One of them ties a lasso around my heart
Another makes me nod when I drive the car
And they won't ever leave
But they won't show their faces to me
And they wait 'til I feel
Like they're gone and they jump out and steal
My relief
Tiny demons, inside me

Listen, listen
Listen for the sound

That is not in the music
Only you can hear it,
Only you can use it
It's the sound of someone breathing,
It's the breath of life
It's the sound that you are weaving
With the thread of life

Listen, listen
Listen to the sound,
Let nothing disturb you
You are in a place
Where nothing can hurt you
If you feel a strange sensation,
It can do no harm
Like the spiral of creation,
It will soon move on


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Hideaway Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

I've been watching how you dance
Watching how you smile
Watching how you carry yourself around in a crowd
And watching what you say
You've got something that's a secret to the average eye
You've been saving something nobody's seen until now
In a hideaway
I'm not trying to invade your privacy
There are things you have a right to hide
But it's oh so cold
Standing on the outside

Will you take me to your secret hideaway
I won't tell nobody where I'm going
Won't you tell me that we're leaving right away
For the heart of your hideaway

Everybody's looking for a heaven on earth
A slice of paradise where nobody gets hurt
Someone to put the pieces back together again
When your daydreams die
Are you trying to get a message through the air to me?

Get me on your wavelength and tell me which way to go
To your hideaway
I can't stand another second in this tinker-toy world
Give me your direction
Don't make me wait anymore
It seems so far away

You can trust me with your secret fantasy
You will never know until you've tried
But it's oh so cold
Standing on the outside

I've been trying to get a message
Through the air to you
Get on my wavelength
And I'll tell you which way to go
To my hideaway

I will show you to my secret hideaway
We will tell nobody where we're going


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Influenza Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

I can feel, I can tell
I can feel, I can tell, I can see
Something is changing
To me change is no stranger
I don't run, I don't hide
I don't run, I don't hide, I don't fight
What fate arranges
I don't think about danger
If it was meant for me
I'd know just where to go
But if I can take it slow
Then I might be in control

In the back of my head
In the back of my head there is doubt
There is suspicion
With my new fascination
I don't know what it is
I don't know what it is, you might say
It's intuition
It's a true indication
I should trust myself
I should beware of this

But it's like a stranger's kiss
And somehow I can't resist

I can feel my will slip away
From a strange influenza
I can feel my mind slip away
Under your influenza
I can feel my heart slip away
Under your influenza

There's a part of my heart
There's a part of my heart that cries out
Please go no further
I just can't take the pressure
So I try to resist
So I try to resist and my heart
Tells me don't bother
That this pain is a pleasure
If I were someone else
I wouldn't disagree
But it's always hard to see
When something's controlling me


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Don't Hurt Yourself Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

I've done some bad things
This I know
If I can't change things
Tell me so
It does no good to break your toe on the wall
I know you're angry
That's all right
I said I don't care
Well, I lied
But I don't care who wins the fight after all
As long as you don't hurt yourself
Don't hurt yourself
It's bad enough
Don't hurt yourself
I wouldn't want to see you make
Trouble for yourself over
My mistake

That's all I'm asking so
Don't hurt yourself
Don't hurt yourself
I don't want to see you hurt
Hurt a single second for me
You burn your bridges
When you're cross
There's nothing left when
You cool off
You can't go back so
Now you're lost like a rolling stone
It seems like trouble
So you hide
You keep it bottled up inside
'til it's too late and
You end up crying alone
And there you go


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There Goes Your Baybay Lyrics

Artist : TODD RUNDGREN
Album : The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect

Your ship is sinking in a swirling sea
The water's rising up around your knees
Let's pop the question
Is it time to leave?
You say maybe
You're at the bottom of an avalanche
A swift departure is your only chance
You say it doesn't make a difference 'cause
There goes your baybay
There goes your baybay
There goes your baybay
You never thought you'd see her
Walking away
There goes your baybay
There goes your baybay
There goes your baybay
You never thought that it would
Affect you this way

The market's crashing and the bulls and bears
Are falling out of windows everywhere
You've got it covered and you just don't care
Yeah, it's crazy
You made some clever moves in real estate
It's caviar upon a golden plate
Until you're throttled by the hand of fate
There goes your baybay
You know I've seen it happen all the time
You get too far above the bottom line
One day you're sure that everything is fine
Then the next day you see
I stand behind every word I said
It takes a special thing to make her stay
And I was convinced that I had found a way
Now I can't believe it's happened to me
'cause there goes my baybay


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