Imagination

Composer: Todd Rundgren
Duration: 8:11
I am what I am, that's all that I am
I tell myself

I have no demands, I don't have a plan
To sell myself

Every day's the same old song (and over and over)

Go along and get along (and over and over)

Nothing's ever right or wrong

What is hell? The same old smell
The same old situation
No imagination

Whatever life brings, eventually things
Will just work out

Whenever they don't, I certainly won't
Be found about

Every new year I resolve (and over and over)

Never gotten past day twelve (and over and over)

Just a problem I can't solve

What is death? The train has left
And you're still in the station
No imagination


Commentary
What Todd has said about the song

"A song like 'Imagination' is actually about lack of imagination — that's what the song is about: a paucity of imagination. So, in that sense, the [songs are] cautionary tales. It's almost like saying this thing that you seem to think I'm promoting, I'm actually saying beware of this."
— Todd Rundgren source: rockcellarmagazine.com

"I wanted to do something arresting at the beginning of the recording because a lot of this is meant to be performed live, and it's usually improvised to a certain degree live. I thought it was important to get a lot of signature aspects to the record on the track, particularly the electronic patina and the ways of controlling and hearing the instruments, especially in the bottom end. I don't know what the inspiration for most of songs really mean until I finish them. For the most part, I'm going for a visceral impression, and I write the words last. I may have a working title, so I had the title 'Imagination,' but I wasn't sure until I got to the end of the process that the song is about having a lack of imagination. The whole idea to the vocals is to try to lull everybody to sleep, but then there's the loud section to wake everybody up. There's also just an epic element to that to set a tone. I think it'll work well live."
— Todd Rundgren source: musicradar.com

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