Ping Me

Composer: Todd Rundgren
Duration: 4:41
I know it isn't fair to ask for something
That I may not return
Sometimes I get so absent minded
I come off unconcerned
I guess it's true I may have volunteered
I never dreamed that I would end up here
I wouldn't want to take up any time
Just let me know that I have crossed your mind

And ping me
You don't have to ring me
There's no gift you need to bring me
No song that you could sing me
Just ping me

When so much time has passed you wonder
Are things really the same?
And if my expectations are a burden
Then I will take the blame
It doesn't bother me to be alone
I've gotten used to being on my own
A little sustenance is all I need
A small reminder that you think of me

So ping me
You don't have to ring me
There's no gift you need to bring me
Not a song that you should sing me
Just ping me

I thought I'd never have a friend like you
Someone who loves no matter what I do
I hope you know I feel the same way too
And I will be there if your need is true
But I have always been a solitary man
I try to change but find I never can
So please forgive my distant silences my friend
You're in my heart until we meet again

Just ping me
You know you don't have to ring me
There's no gift you need to bring me
There no song you need to sing me (oh oh)
Just ping me


Commentary
What Todd has said about the song

"Ping Me means, as one line kind of suggests, that you don't have to have a long conversation; you just want to know that people are thinking of you. At first I thought that the song seemed to say that you're just too busy, which is certainly a valid way of looking at it. After I finished it, though, I thought that it meant that you're really in a situation where you can't communicate, which makes whatever little bit of communication that is possible that much more important. Like say you're a grunt out in the middle of Afghanistan — you just can't pick up the phone and have a conversation with someone. It's a real guitar on this track; in fact, wherever you hear a guitar on the album, it's the real thing."
— Todd Rundgren source: musicradar.com

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