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
"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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