Black And White Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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 : RUNDGREN, TODD
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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Tin Soldier Lyrics

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

I am a little tin soldier
That wants to jump into your fire
You, are a look in your eye
A dream passing by in the sky

But I don't understand
And all I need is treat me like a man
'cause I ain't no child
Take me like I am

I got the love that belongs to you
Do anything that you want me to
Sing any song that you want me to
Sing to you

I don't need no aggravation
Listen, I just got to make you

I just got to make you
I just got to make you understand

All I need is your whispered hello
Smiles melting the snow with one word
Your eyes, they are deeper than time
Say love that won't die without words

So now I've lost my way
I need help to show me things to say
So give me your love
Before I fade away

I just want some reaction
Something to give me satisfaction
(...) to be with you
'cause I love you


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Emperor Of The Highway Lyrics

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

I am the emperor of the highway
I wield the universal will
One might chance to overlook on my divineness
Unless I'm sitting in the imperial poupe de ville
I am the emperor of the highway
Strapped with foolish mortals such as these
I need never indicate my intentions
I can stop and go and turn just as I please
For I am the emperor of the highway

Hold!
Methinks that thou hast driven too far
I am the royal prince of foreign sports cars
Better that I should drive a wheelchair or jog

Than to be blown off by a regal road hog

I am the emperor of the highway
(where did you ever get that gas sucking pig of a car?)
This time my friend, you are outclassed
(any real man would drive a stick shift)
For my uncle is the duke of the state police
(cut me off again and I will punch your lights out)
And he will place his royal boot upon your ass
(this is my exit, we shall meet another day)

Don't forget who's emperor of the highway
For I am the emperor of the highway!


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Bang The Drum All Day Lyrics

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

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day

Ever since I was a tiny boy
I don't want no candy
I don't need no toy
I took a stick and an old coffee can
I bang on that thing til I got
Blisters on my hand because

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
Yes, I do
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day
That's right

When I get older they think I'm a fool
The teacher told me I should stay after school
She caught me pounding on the desk with my hands
But my licks was so hot
I made the teacher wanna dance
And that's why

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
Hey, why not?
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day
Listen to this

Every day when I get home from work
I feel so frustrated
The boss is a jerk
And I get my sticks and go out to the shed
And I pound on that drum like it was the boss's head
Because

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day
I can bang that drum

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
Hey, you wanna take a bang at it?
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day
I can do this all day


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Drive Lyrics

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

I'm bleeding
I don't think I can go on
I'm dying
My last breath has come and gone
Pity the man
Searching in the sky
Looking for a sign from above
And he never caught a glimpse of
What he's worthy of
Don't sit and wait
For the world on a plate
It's not a stroke of luck or chance
Just draw a bead on that sucker
And drive

I'm falling
I don't know what's up or down
I'm spinning
I can't turn my life around
Pity the man
Waiting for a clue
Can't tell what to do with himself
Ends up as a fool who
Lives for someone else
Don't sit and cry
While the world passes by
Stop tagging after the other guy
Just get a line on that mother
And drive


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Chant Lyrics

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

We can't turn back the clock
But we can chant for love
Let's cut the idle talk so we can
Chant for love
We always have the time to quarrel
About such problems as money and war
Let's put it off until tomorrow
Who needs another dose of sorrow?

It don't necessitate an act of faith
To chant for love
What alibi is strong enough to wait
To chant for love
Though we don't hold the reigns of power
Somebody else seems to be in control
We mustn't waste another hour
We'll get directly to the soul
If we can

Chant
For a world united
Chant
For a world that's dying for love

The hare krishna plays a drum and bell
When he chants for love
The tribal priest is afraid of hell
So he chants for love
I am not pushing some religion
Don't get me wrong,
I never mess with such things
Just be true to your own vision
This is your personal decision

The dervish spins to a "hu hu hu"
When he chants for love
Nobody knows what the angels do
When they chant for love
You're at the bottom of the ladder
Someone may try to tell you where you should start
But the words, they never matter
If you can feel it in your heart
Then you can

Why don't you chant?
You can chant
Chant, chant, chant...


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Blue Orpheus Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

If you want to cry
You can always find something to cry about
It's so easy to be wise
Over someone else's tears
But you have a gift
That the rest of us just can't live without
And it's something in your voice
When you tell us how you feel

'cause we've all loved something and lost it
And it's burning my heart
I can't open my mouth and just let it out

But when I hear my blue orpheus sing
I know that life is a wonderful thing
Somewhere there's love and perpetual spring
I know life is a wonderful thing

Seems so long ago
The sound of your joy filled the atmosphere
We can make it on our own

But the road is so rocky and steep
And when you feel lost
No one tells you what you need to hear
And the only dream you have
Is the one that's in your sleep

'cause we soon forget what we're here for
I need someone to say he's got dreams of his own
I'll know I'm not alone

I want to hear my blue orpheus sing
I'll know that life is a wonderful thing
Somewhere there's love and perpetual spring
I'll know life is a wonderful thing

Sing
You will one day be together again
Though you can not see her
Sing
She is somewhere in the world


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Johnee Jingo Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

He was just fifteen, he was a new trainee
He lied about it for the opportunity
To defend the border his life was sworn
Though not a generation was native born

Johnee jingo
Johnee jingo

He had lost the battle but won the war
When the generals said he couldn't fight no more
He was proud and bitter at what he'd done
So he passed it off to his favorite son

Johnee jingo

Johnee jingo
Jingo don't you fight for me
Jingo don't you speak for me

To the man who owns the land
We're all the same
But when his grip begins to slip
Then he'll be calling out your name
Johnee jingo

And the throne, the pulpit, and the politician
Create a thirst for power in the common man
It's a taste for blood passed off as bravery
Or just patriotism hiding bigotry


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Pretending To Care Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

Today I am your chariot horse
Tomorrow I'm your albatross
Suspended by the finest thread
No one could ever see
And when there's breathing in your ear
You put your faith in all you hear
But just how deep those feelings go
I have no way to know
I'll never know

If I was blind
Would you still be my eyes
Or hide everything you see
Pretending to care about me

When all the time
You're just wishing I'd fade away
You just can't bring yourself to

Say out loud the reasons why
You won't admit you realize
The promise you've been living by
Is just an empty shell
You'll come to bear it like a cross
Then start to tear it like frayed gauze
Though I'm ashamed to be afraid
I just can't help myself
Can't help myself


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Hodja Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

Hodja please show me how to spin now
Hodja please show me how you do it
All the other boys are laughing at me again now
Hodja please show me how you do it
Whenever I talk they don't hear a thing
And everyone laughs when I sing

Hodja, please show me how to spin
I want to do that dance 'til I forget where I am
So get up out of your bed one more time
Hodja, make me spin

Yeah, teach me to spin like I seen you do
Why don't you make me the envy

Of the kids in school
I know what to wear, I know how to sound
I know about kissing the ground

From every alley in konya
Mevlana sings "turn around, turn around
You've got to spin 'til your feet leave the
Ground"
Hodja, someday soon you will be moving on
So won't you let me be the one
You lay the secret on
And it's a 2 4 6 8, take it from the top
You've got to start me up and don't let me stop


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Lost Horizon Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

Now I guess it's too late to speculate
On things as they might have been
That given the time, you'd read my mind
And know there was love within
I could loudly exclaim we felt the same
But not in all honesty
Now you'll never know
How could you know the friend that you had in me

I've got so much to learn now
Lessons I never had
When you lose a friend forever
Hurts so bad
Ooh it hurt me so bad

I had always believed that you and me
Were connected by destiny
But the time never came
It sounds so lame
Is it all just my vanity?
Am I the only one to feel the sun

Exactly the way I do?
When you sang how you felt I'd tell myself
Maybe someday I'll sing with you

I've got so much to hope for
Dreams that I've never had
When you've got no one to share them
Hurts so bad
Ooh it hurt me so bad

I have an ideal I think is real
But I just can't find it
I believe that one day
I'll melt away into that lost horizon

Ooh it hurt me so bad
That you had an ideal you knew was real
And you went out to find it
And you found it one day
You've gone to stay into that lost horizon


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Something To Fall Back On Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

If I gave you just a bit more time
Do you think that you would make up your mind?
You can't expect that a flower will grow
Until you get around to giving it more
Like it's only

Something to fall back on
Something to fall back on
Something to fall back on

Like a crumpled dollar hidden in your hat
For the subway home when there's no welcome mat
You'd be left with nothing if it weren't for that
When you need to find it it's right behind you

Remember when you were the talk of the town
And you didn't care if I was around
But still you kept me in the back of your head
Just like the teddy bear that you took to bed
I was only something to fall back on

And to wake up lonely is your deepest dread
So you stay connected by a tiny thread
Though you'd rather try for something else instead
When you need to find me I'm right behind you

I know I'm only
Something to fall back on

I don't know what makes me think I've the right
To tell you what is most important in life
But after all I guess I just don't care
And if you need me I will always be there
'cause when I just imagine how it will be
Then I guess it's something to fall back on
Something to fall back on for me

I need to know you'll need me sometime
Everybody needs somebody to fall back on
Fall back on me
Nobody's going nowhere
You can call me anytime
You can fall back on me
You can call on me
I'm waiting on you babe
When your world is falling down
And there's no one else around
And you're sitting, waiting by the phone
You can call me and I won't leave you alone


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Miracle In The Bazaar Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

As jalaludin rumi has prophesied
This day
This day allah
Allah will make his presence known to you

There is a miracle in the bazaar
There is a miracle in the bazaar

There a spirit appeared in flaming green
Mamun the madman is cured

Praise be to allah
Praise be to allah
There is no God but god
There is no God but god


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Lockjaw Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

Look out children
Mothers hide all the children who lie
Lockjaw's coming with a rusty nail
He's gonna nail your mouth open wide
Look out children
Boys and girls who do falsify
From the black forest with a hammerhead
He's looking for you with a rusty eye

In the black forest, lives an ogre named lockjaw. lockjaw doesn't like children
Who tell lies. late at night he stalks the houses of the fibbers and the
Falsifiers, and before they can cry out from their beds, he nails their jaws
Open with a rusty nail, using his head for a hammer. you may escape him for a
While and think you fooled him, but he'll get you in the end. he'll get ya!
He'll get ya!!

Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Mothers hide all your lying children
Hide your heads, all you lying children

Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Fathers hide all your lying children
Hide your heads, all you lying children

Look out mothers
Telling lies to a gullible child
Lockjaw's coming with a rusty nail
He'gonna nail your mouth open wide
Look out fathers
Teachers and leaders who do falsify
From the black forest with a hammerhead
He's looking for you with a rusty eye

Many people wonder "could such a terrible tail be true? who would make up such
A terrible tale? " it seems such a cruel punishment for such a tiny little lie.
Well, I've got to confess. it's a fib. I made it up myself. it's pretty funny,
Don't you think? ha, ha ha! gag, gag, gag!!!

Lockjaw's coming!

Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh.....!

Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Mothers hide all your lying children
Hide your heads, all you lying children

Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Lockjaw's coming, Lockjaw's coming
Fathers hide all your lying children
Hide your heads, all you lying children


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Honest Work Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

I'm not afraid to bend my back
I'm not afraid of dirt
But how I fear the things I do
For lack of honest work
My family is lost to me
They could not bear the hurt
To see the state their boy is in
For lack of honest work

I hold no blame for anyone
'twas I who did arrange
To pay my union dues so I'd
Not have to learn or change
And when I was replaced, 'twas I
Who started down the hill
And drank away my savings 'til
I couldn't stop myself

The prophets of a brave new world
Captains of industry

Have visions grand and great designs
But none have room for me
They see a world where everyone
Is rich and smart and young
But if I live to see such things
Too late for me they come

I know I'm not the only one
To fall beneath the wheel
Such company can not assuage
The loneliness I feel
So many are resigned to be
Society's debris
But I will be remembered for
The life life took from me

For I'm not afraid to bend my back
I'm not afraid of dirt
But how I fear the things I do
For lack of honest work


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Mighty Love Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : A Cappella

Boy said "I love you so"
Girl said "I'll never leave you"
They grew older and left each other
'Cause that's the way love goes

Then there's a time
Seems like you'll never find
Someone willing to love you
Keep on looking you'll soon discover

A mighty love
Can sometimes make you weep and moan
Said a mighty love
You sit all day by the telephone
'Cause you're all alone
You need a mighty love

Some say that you're sure to find
True love and piece of mind
At the end of the rainbow
There's no sign in the sky to follow
'Cause that's the way love goes
And so there's a rhyme
That says life will soon be fine
Love is just what you make it
Keep on loving, you'll soon discover

A mighty love
Can sometimes make a weak man strong
A mighty love
Can sometimes make a rich man weep
And knock him off his feet
To have a mighty love


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The Want Of A Nail Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

I've been wrong
I had plans so big
But the devil's in the details
I left out one thing
No one to love me
No one to love me
No one to love

For the want of a nail, the world was lost
For the want of a nail, the world was lost

For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost
For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost
For the want of a horse, the rider was lost
For the want of a rider, the message was lost

For the want of a rider, the message was lost
For the want of a message, the battle was lost
For the want of a battle, the war was lost
For the want of a war, the kingdom was lost

(such a tiny thing)

You're askin'
What's all this talk about horses and war?
Put yourself in the place of the man at the forge
And day after day you live a life without love
'til the morning you can't take it anymore
And you don't get up

Multiply it a billion times
Spread it all 'round the world
Put the curse of loneliness on every boy and every girl
Until everybody's kicking, everybody's scratching
Everything seems to fail
And it was all for the want of a nail

Tell me what else could the answer be
Don't hold back now
Give me all your love
Just a little more love
A little tiny bit of love


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The Waiting Game Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

Every time that I fall for that same old trick
I punish myself with the same old stick
I want to believe it so badly I deceive myself
Forgetting reality
Ignoring the fact that you're altogether someplace else
Forgetting reality

But I swear here and now
The truth shall be mine
And surrender to my prayer
The weapon is time

I'll play your waiting game
I'm gonna win the win the waiting game
I'll play your waiting game
I'm gonna win this game my friend
And forget you in the end

Your memory seems like a living thing
I never know if I'm imagining
I look at your face and I know that's impossible
Forgetting it's just a dream
Now I'm hearing your voice saying anything is possible
Forgetting it's just a dream

And I still can't say why
You keep invading my mind
But this uncontrolled fixation
Grows weaker with time

A cloud of unknowing floats between you and me
A trickle of love still flows between you and me
But we live in different galaxies

But I swear here and now
Your heart will be mine
You'll surrender to my love
My weapon is time
And your wall of resistance
I will slowly undermine
While your uncontrolled fixation
Grows stronger with time

I'll play your waiting game
I'm gonna win the win the waiting game
I'll play your waiting game
I'm gonna win this game my friend
And I'll be with you in the end

I'll play, yes I will


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Parallel Lines Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

Kindred spirits moving along the spiral
I can see you up on another level
It's too great a fall
And I can't reach you to pull me higher
But I don't seem to get much closer or any more far

What would you tell me, if I could hear you speaking?
If you could touch me, how would I know the feeling?
I just can't imagine
But I try to do it anyway
I wish I was moving faster, I wish you'd drift back
But it just wasn't meant to happen
Very soon I'll have to

Face the fact
Some things never come together
Parallel lines running on forever
And you can't turn back
There is never any starting over
Parallel lines never do cross over

It's a challenge
Gotta make myself remember

Facing the truth, well, that doesn't mean surrender
What is bravado and how much is a force of will?
I know that the world is full of opposites that attract
But unless we ignore the physics
Very soon we'll have to

So I send you the gift of empathy
If you'd once in your life acknowledge me
I have visualized so thoroughly
That when I think of me I think of we

Can't face the truth
It means that we must surrender
Understanding won't satisfy the hunger
It whittles away at the destiny we fulfill
And like an animal running wild
You can't call it back
And it's just gonna make it harder
When it's finally time to

It's like a train that's stuck running on a track
Parallel lines running on, running on, running on


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Two Little Hitlers Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

Why are we racing to be so old?
I'm up late pacing the floor
I won't be told
You have your reservations
I'm bought and sold

I'll face the music, I'll face the facts
Even when we walk in polka dots and chequer slacks
Bowing and squatting, running after tidbits
Bobbing and squinting just like a nit wit

Two little hitlers will fight it out until
One little hitler does the other one's will
I will return, I will not burn

Down in the basement
I need my head examined
I need my eyes excited
I'd like to join the party
But I was not invited
You make a member of me
I'll be delighted

I wouldn't cry for lost souls you might drown
Dirty words for dirty minds, written in a toilet town
Dial me a valentine, she's a smooth operator
It's all so calculated, she's got a calculator
She's my soft-touch typewriter and I'm the great dictator

A simple game of self respect
You flick the switch and the world goes out
Nobody jumps as you expect
I would have thought you would have had enough by now

You call selective dating for some effective mating
I thought I'd let you down dear, but you were just deflated
I knew right from the start, we'd end up hating
Pictures of the merchandise plastered on the wall
We can look so long as we don't have to talk at all

You say you'll never know him
He's not a natural man
He doesn't want your pleasure
He wants as no one can
He wants to know the names of all those he's better than


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Can't Stop Running Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

Time marches on
I learn to crawl, I learn to walk
You couldn't stop me from running
Stop me from running
Before I heard my name
Before I learned to talk
I knew I was running to something
Running to something
Into the arms of my god

Time marches on
And I awaken to the world
And I'm still running to something
Running to something far away
Unseen by the others in the herd
I'm only running to something
Running to something
Into the arms of my dream

I can't stop running
I can't stop running
I have a vision of myself breaking the finish line string

I still can hear it
This dream is calling
So I'll keep running

Time marches on
I start to trip, I start to fall
And now I'm running from something
Running from something on my tail
Can't turn to look, can't hear the call
I'm only running from something
Running from something
Running in fear I will fail

Meanwhile
Time marches on and on
And the strength to run may soon be gone
Now I watch the young ones coming
And it's on their legs I'm running
Into the arms of my god

Can you hear it? can you hear it?
Feet don't fail me now


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Unloved Children Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

Must be a factory somewhere
Keeps on cranking them out
Seems like they travel in pairs
Not worth the trouble but too full of clout

Somebody must play his game
They get stuck in the here and now
Lending and borrowing pain
His fist, your face, you kiss the ground

But he don't do nothing half way
Complete this equation
He needs justification
Distaff affirmation
To keep on crankin' it out

We could build cell on cell
Mainline him straight to hell
But that would not dispel
Violent men, hard-headed women, unloved children

Must be a garden somewhere
Keeps on sending them down
Big eyes, big teeth, big hair

Ready to breed with the nearest clown

She has the will to complain
But something won't let her
Break free of the tether
Even though she knows better
She just can't figure it out

We can prescribe for pain
Have her declared insane
Even all this won't change
Violent men, hard-headed women, unloved children

We let them find their own way
While everyone chooses
To ignore the abuses
We've all got excuses
We keep on, keep on cranking them out

And nobody has the time
To look at the great design
But they're all from the same bloodline
Violent men, hard-headed women, unloved children


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Fidelity Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

I've been hurt
I've never been so hurt
Yes, and only you know why
But I would be far more hurt if we had to say good bye

When I think that it's all or nothing
I tell myself

True love does not demand fidelity
If there's one sacred place always in your heart for me

Time has come
I knew the time would come
When someone would want to be more than friends
But we had a love so sweet
I thought the dream would never end

If my love could not withstand this jealousy
I'd remember the day I threw away our eternity

Has no plan, things will happen we don't understand
One day the glove is on the other hand
And when you think that it's all or nothing
Just tell yourself

If our love could not withstand this jealousy
We'd remember the day we threw away our eternity

If it's true love, it does not demand fidelity
Oh it hurt me so bad
But I can't help but love you for eternity
I know we got a true love


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Feel It Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

I look at you and go mad
With thoughts of things that I'd do
If one chance I had to show you
What this man really wants to do

When I'm through, you would say
It's been done never that way
And I know you can learn something new every day

And it feels so good
If you don't think too much
Don't even try to be serious
Just let my hands take control
And give me all of your soul

You know I tried
To run away but I can't hide

From the moment that's suspended deep inside
When you were mine
Now I need to feel it
One more time

Won't you try to feel it
Let me try to feel it

Feels so good when you lean into me
In the dark I can see
I can feel in my mind what is reality
Why can't you see
Things like this are meant to be
Yet somehow once again
You have thrown me aside
But always this feeling survives


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Hawking Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

Whenever I
I close my eyes
Then I don't mind being the way I am
But whenever I try
Explaining why
I know I never can

Now that it's
Gone, paths I used to travel
Gone, things I used to handle
Gone, once I had a choice what to be

But then God kissed me
And I lost it when I fainted in his arms
Have pity on me brother
I'm trapped behind the mirror
I'm out here on the border

Wondering why
Why was it I?
Maybe my mind wouldn't have come this way
If I'd taken my time
Answers only unwind
When you can't look away

Maybe 'cause
I want the secret broken
I want the casket open
I need to see what no eyes can see

And when God kissed me

Then I dreamed them when I fainted in her arms
Now I've got to go on sleeping
Lean in a little closer
And I'll tell you what I'm dreaming
I'll tell you what I'm dreaming

I see time without beginning
Space without an ending
I see bodies strong and running
With minds not comprehending
Have pity on your brother
Please have pity on your sister
Take pity on each other
And on every living creature

Whenever I
Open my eyes
I can't believe it's real
It's a jungle outside
People just survive
They can't reach the high ideal

But I
Know if I can't recover, at least I
Know, I know the book from cover to cover, and who
Knows, I might dream forever
Since I've met the world's greatest lover
When God kissed me
And I knew it when I fainted in his arms

Let's dream together people


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I Love My Life Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : Nearly Human

Every day I hear the news
Seems like people worship pain
All your oprahs and donahues
They just can't explain

As you reap you shall sow
I looked high I looked low
Now I know that I love my life
I love my life

I said me and my creator
We got a funny love thing
It's happenin' now and not later
Yeah, that's why I sing

First came thought then came deed
I got caught now I'm freed
All I need is to love my life
I love my life

Time, the topic of the sermon tonight is time
Time, the thief of hope
Time, the ameliorator of all our endeavors

What will we do with time off our backs?
We would make this world a perfect place
We would make our lives a perfect thing, if not for time
But I tell you now, time is an illusion
Time is an illusion, time is not real
Time is the dividing line between what is true and what is not true
Between what is real and what is not real
Between what is so and what is not so
But who, I said who, who stands for time?
Who stands at the threshold of time?
Who decides what is true and what is not true?
We do, you and I
You and I decide what is true and what is not true
What shall be our guiding light?
Happiness, I say happiness
But in a world, I see people in a world of misery
I see a world full of sorrow
Why should we be happy?
Tell me why should we be happy?
We need a message from above
Look over there, look over here
I can see it, there is beauty in the world


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Change Myself Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

Half of me wants to knock you out
Half of me wants to tell you that I'm sorry, so sorry
Meanwhile, half of the world wants to scream and
Shout at half of the world
Just like you and i
Just another fact of life
We plan and we scheme
'til there's nothing left of our little dream
But half of the time I can't decide and
Half of the time I'm petrified

I want to change the world
I want to make it well
How can I change the world
When I can't change myself
Try again tomorrow
I'd love to change your mind
Capture your citadel
How could I change your mind

If I can't change myself
Try again tomorrow

Both of us want to win this fight
Both of us think the other is mistaken, so mistaken
Meanwhile, everyone wants to take up sides
So everyone helps us to fall apart
Just another fact of life
It's hard to play fair
And it's so easy to pretend to care
But if nobody wants to share the blame
Then everyone gets more of the same

If I want more peace in the world
Then I must make peace with myself
If I want more trust in the world
Then I've got to trust in myself
If I want more love in the world
I must show more love to myself


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Love Science Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

I've been around the world, I'm going around again
I got a new word up, gonna lay it on my friends
I'm still too young, I've got these emotions in my blood
But when I grow up, gonna be a scientist of love

Working on, love science
Got to know, love science
Show the world, love science
How to be a scientist of love
Tell my friends, love science
Take a chance, love science
Give it up, love science
I'm a scientist of love
Feel the power, love science
Study hard, love science
Know the truth, love science
Be a scientist of love
Choose a plan, love science
Pick 'em up, put 'em down, love science
Bring it on home, love science
Got to be a scientist of love

Hey you!

Sometimes you get screwed up, and you're looking for a cure
But you don't want to see just another amateur
I know the kind of expert you must be thinking of
Go out and find yourself a scientist of love

Some say that love's a game, a random circumstance
I'm not the type to leave that kind of thing to chance
You might sit back and wait, but I'm taking off the gloves
I'm gonna crack this case like a scientist of love

1, 2, 3!

If love's what we want, if love's what we need
Why can't we make love from suspicion and greed?
If love's what we want, if love's what we need
Why can't we make love?

I've got no time to waste just waiting for the bus
This is the place, the space to get down and serious
School is in, the lab is open for research
I do declare that love is a walking, talking church
I've got to quell the beast, be a credit to my sex
I've got to give at least as much as I expect
Can't get no rest 'til I discover what I need
Gotta start somewhere, that why I believe, believe, believe

Believe the word, love science
Party down, love science
Thinking hard, love science
How to be a scientist of love
Place to place, love science
Hour to hour, love science
Can't hold back, love science
Got to be a scientist of love
Sexy girl, love science
Manish boy, love science
Take the course, love science
And be a scientist of love
In your face, love science
Outer space, love science
Here's a taste, love science
Got to be a scientist of love

If love's what we want, if love's what we need
Why can't we make love in a love factory?
If love's what we want, if love's what we need
Why can't we make love?


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Who's Sorry Now Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

You can feel the bodies aching
You can feel the spirit waisting
But it's someone else's children
And it's someone else's problem in the end
You just go about your business
You've got bigger fish frying
Someday you might be a witness
Someday you may wake up crying like I cry

What's the problem?
There's no problem in your own little world
What's the bother?
Can't be bothered
'til your own little world goes to hell,
Then you can tell

We are all in this together
We are all in this together
We got to pull together
And we can't worry who's sorry now
Who's sorry now,
Now that everything is clear
Who's sorry now,
Sorrow unspoken here
Please take a bow

You got so many distractions

You got old friends to satisfy
You're afraid of the reaction
If the others should find out, you'd falsify
Maybe this could never happen
Maybe God is on your side
Tell yourself what I tell myself
That it's justice when somebody else must die

It's a hard life
Such a hard life, it's a hard little world
Some are winners, some are losers
Here in our little world
But you'd sell out, beg, borrow, steal,
Move mountains, if it was your own
It was your own
When it's your own pretty baby

There's no method in the madness
We all can't escape the sadness
Don't surround your heart with hardness
You may someday need someone to sympathize
Before you're crushed by your own selfishness
You must confess

Are you feeling sorry?
Sorrow spoken here
Who's sorry now


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The Smell Of Money Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

My boy I say you're unaware of
Things that I am unaware of
The things they say behind one's back
That you suspect but aren't quite sure of
Don't say you haven't noticed

The smell of money is all about me
I just can't rid myself
Of it's overpowering bouquet
My inner beauty cursed with obscurity
By a scent that can't be washed away

I don't know who you think I am
But if I'm who I think I am
Then there's no cranny I've examined
Taints the air where ere I am

But don't say you haven't noticed

The smell of money wafts all about me
It neutralizes any other odors I convey
Best friends won't tell me
They know I'm suffering
With a scent that can't be washed away

The stench of money
Is reeking off of me
A mix of cheap cologne
Weasel pheromone and rotted grave
Thank dad and mommy
I'm filthy, stinking rich
So I can say to you "piss off"
I bathe, I bathe


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If I Have To Be Alone Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

If I have to be alone
Then I should make my mind serene
After all you're born alone, you die alone
You might as well spend every moment in between alone

But if I have to be alone
Then it will be on my own terms
I can never talk about it, ever show it
Even though the world is watching while I squirm alone

And your bleeding heart friends say, "isn't it sad?"
Then they go make love
While you go insane. insane!
It drives you mad! mad!

My mind, I love my mind
And if no one can feel the same
I'm a computer with a name
And I've got no one else to blame
If I have to be alone

And if nobody understands
That special creature that is me
And if they fail to see the me I see
Then no one else knows truly what it is
To be alone

Maybe once in a lifetime you lose your will
Then you can let down your guard
But they cower in fear. in fear.
It makes you ill! ill!

My heart, my burning heart
And if no one will quench the flame
I'm not obliged to do the same
And then they'll have to share the blame
Because I have to be alone
Because I have to be alone
But I don't want to be alone


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Love In Disguise Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

Sometimes things fall apart
That's god's love in disguise
And when I break your heart
That's my love in disguise

When you awake in pain
It should come as no surprise
I'm not sure I care
But it still must be there
My love in disguise
And all you want are sweet lies

I see my problem now
Her love was in disguise
Some fear that won't allow
Her love to shed this guise

Ian, don't be a fool
Look what she's done
She'll do it again

Pale, pure, and virgin things
So frail, it turns from my eyes
It hides while I become
So hurt my heart is numb
When love is in disguise

The best you have is sweet lies

Ian she'll be our downfall
Don't believe your eyes
Lies! and she'll leave you all alone

Possessiveness and jealousy
We recognize easily
That which we claim to prize
No one can recognize

The poor young sap is unaware of
Things that we are all aware of
The knife she hides behind her back
Misery! he gets his share of

The flowers must pollinate
The beasts are forced to mate
Woman and man decide
Yet we're not satisfied
God's love is in disguise
And all we want are sweet lies
Sweet lies

Long live the glorious revolution


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Kindness Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

The one that showed me kindness
Was the one that taught me kindness
Though I did not recognize it
Still I might have died without it
And when I awakened
It was too late to thank her
If I live someday I'll make repayment
And show someone the kindness she showed me

When my voice grows strident
When I feel important
I'm reminded of that kindness
And where I'd be without it
I'm learning my lessons
It may take me a lifetime
Give me strength to justify my being
And show someone the kindness shown to me


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Public Servant Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

Cut 'em loose

Public servant, public slave
It's one single slide from the cradle to the grave
Can't remember why you're still in the race
To be a public servant, public slave

You got to know who satan is
You know you made him come alive
You let the yahoos write the script
When you sold your soul to survive
I only want to hear my voice
Come on, hit me where I live
Let's imagine we had a choice
Let's pretend we're persuasive

I guess it keeps you off the street
I guess you couldn't find honest work
And you're content to follow the fleet
Hanging 'round with world-class jerks
I guess you can't have too little class
Sometimes it pays to have no soul
Just keep your mindset in the past
And your head up your asshole

It's not as if we couldn't cope
It's not as if the pope eloped
It's just as if you're out of hope
And if you can't stand twice as tall
If you're too afraid to fall
If you haven't got the balls
Cut 'em loose


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Gaya's Eyes Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

Gaya's crying, can't you hear her crying
Like a whisper, oh so very soft and low
If you listen, underneath the status quo
Will she still be friends and once again
Pardon our ignorance?
Can we make ammends so near the end?
Is there no second chance?

No one hears when gaya cries
No one cares to wonder why
Can't they see the tears in gaya's eyes?
Gaya's crying (yes she is)

Selfish children, greedy little children
Took her loving and gave her nothing in return
Like invaders, everything is slash and burn
Count up every face and every race
That we will never see
Count the human ache we can't escape
The tears are for you and me

As her lovely green eyes
Turn black
And her pretty blue dress
Turn black
And her gentle red lips
Turn black
Everything that she has
Turn black
And is it too late?
Turn back
Is it too late?
Turn back
Is it too late?

No facts of life, no birds and bees
Can't see the forest, can't see the trees
Oh pitiful capricious lies
That hide the tears in gaya's eyes


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Second Wind Lyrics

Artist : RUNDGREN, TODD
Album : 2nd Wind

Old rocking chair
It beckons you like a junkie's needle
Start thinking feeble
Cowardly lion
The special today is karma yoga
Glued to the sofa

Where was I when we lost power?
Where was I when lies were spoken?
Where was I when evil snuck in?
Where was I when hope was choking?

A spy in the house
Someday one of the kids may catch us cussing
Then turn us in
Family ties
They used to be colors in a rainbow
Now we fly solo

Give me back the passion flower
Give me back the nonconsumer
Give me back my lack of reason
Give me back my sense of humor

Blow like cyclone my second wind
Blow like typhoon my second wind
Blow like tempest my second wind

Blind by design
I've gotten the hang of not resisting
Who cares who's listening
Popular press
And we've got the video and the movies
Let's feed the zombies

Now that I know what to fight for
Now that I need more adventure
Now that I have thoughtful patience
Now that I can see the future

Put your hours in and take your pay
Like there wasn't any other way
Then I heard a voice inside me say
It was twenty years ago today
When did I get so tired?
Did I wake up half-sleeping?
I can't life slip away
To a world with no meaning


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