TR-i: The Individualist

Artist

TR-i

Players

Todd Rundgren

Faux P-Funk Honky Chorale on Family Values

Ann Lang, Mary Lou Arnold, Tom Nicholson, Jesse Gress, John Ferenzik, Ed Bishop

Producer

Todd Rundgren

Release Date: 1995
Duration: 60:59
Label: Digital Entertainment
Catalog Number: DEE-6000

Tables Will Turn

Water, water everywhere and not a place to stand
My foundation rests on bedrock
But the bedrock rests on shifting sand

Once the mighty jungle gave way to the streets
Now the city's a jungle again
Every time the cycle completes
It's like nothing ever had changed

Tables will turn, tables will turn, tables will turn
Tables can turn
When will I learn that tables will turn
Tables can turn

It was always my hope to repay
All those favors that you would endow
Though I took what I could yesterday
Where are the crumbs when I'm so hungry now?

And the wind cries "Merry Christmas, Happy 4th of July"
When will I see you again?
Sometimes it's not safe to fly 'til
Tables have turned

This is the law and we didn't make it
But daily we twist it and bend it and brake it
And to prove just how little we understand it
We act as if it's just like we planned it

We're in a state of constant revolution
'Cause we got a small problem with our distribution
And if the balance of power needs arranging
Then the situation's got to keep changing

And if you start messin' 'round with the ratio
It's like tryin' to ride a seesaw solo
'Cause the further you get from the middle
You throw the balance off little by little

"Class distinctions come naturally"
You think that that can justify the inequity
And the sky grows black while the cities burn
And round and round and round, tables will turn

Tables will turn, tables will turn, tables will turn
Tables can turn
When will we learn? Tables will turn
Tables can turn

Tables have turned, tables have turned, tables have turned
Tables are turned, don't be concerned when
Tables have turned
Round and round and round, tables will turn

If Not Now, When?

Someone stuck me on the losing side
Everything is someone else's fault
We're not good enough for me to care

And the mantra is
"Too much effort, there's never time"
And your sole solution is a high pitched whine
It's not red-hot coals, it's not busted glass
There's no Mau-Maus after your sweet pink ass

So if not now when, if not now when, if not now when?
If not you, who then?

No one wants to be the first to fail
I won't play unless you guard my back

And the mantra is
"Change the system, and please arrange it
To change some way that I feel no change"
It's not flaming necklaces, household spies
There's no market bombings, no bullets fly

Bosnia, Bosnia
Try spelling "Herzegovina"
Where money talks and bullshit walks
The bullet or the ballet box

Babylon, oh Babylon
We babble on in Babylon
The TV blows, the music sucks
The bullet or the ballot box

We're not good enough for me to care

And the mantra is
"Leave the gun on the table loaded
The first to grab it's as good as voted in"

Family Values

"It doesn't help matters when prime time TV
has Murphy Brown. I know it's not fashionable
to talk about moral values, but we need to do it..."
It started on a Labor Day
A chance for us to get away
Everyone in the house
And year by year things moved around
But everybody still got down in the house
And seldom do we have a plan
But everybody lends a hand
Everyone in the house
Making sure we have our fun
While gettin' done what must be done in the house

Pardon me, did you say something?
What are you looking at?
Tell me, what's your problem?
Are you counting heads?
Are you counting things?
What are you looking for?
Listen there's no problem

'Cause we got them, we already got them
We got family values

"Some people say Judeo-Christian values are code
words. Well they are code words. Code words for..."
Politics and money scams
Endless verbal traffic jams
Keep it out of the house
'Cause you'll get what you give to me
A little r-e-s-p-e-c-t in the house
'Cause you know some of us have been around
And some of us still get around
But we all in the house
So don't get on our evil side
'Cause we like it rough and we're nationwide

Pardon me, did you say something?
We're all entitled to have our own opinion
And you're standing there like you smelled something
But you're entitled to even bad opinions

"Many of our generation glamorize
casual sex and drug use, evaded responsibility,
and trashed authority."

We gonna have a good time everybody
Because the family is all in the house!

"Our policy must be premised on, it must reinforce
values such as family, hard work, integrity,
personal responsibility..."
Made him love mom
Saw what that did to him
Made him love dad
Saw what that did to him
Made him love god
Saw what that did to him
Made him love death
Saw what that did to him

"I know it's not fashionable
to talk about moral values..."
Shut up!

The Ultimate Crime

I'm unfit for jury duty
I know policemen lie like me
But to tell... tell the truth
I'm just not up to the responsibility

'Cause in my day to day life
The ultimate crime is to live in discontent
Looking at bad design and wasting my time
Growing too corpulent

The extent of the ultimate crime
Was driving incompetent
And the ultimate crime could pass for an accident
The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime

I am standing in the gallery
When they lead the client in
And they shave off all his hair
Until there's nothing left, but shining skull and skin

And I wake up sweating bullets
And the ultimate crime is to think it's just a dream
It happens all the time, out of sight, out of mind
No one can hear you scream

We invented the ultimate crime
For the ultimate punishment
And the ultimate crime was our greatest accomplishment
The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime

The ultimate crime was being irreverent
And the ultimate crime was
Dropping the sacrament
The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime

The ultimate crime was being too lenient
And the ultimate crime was being too ignorant
The ultimate crime, the ultimate crime
Is not to care

Espresso (All Jacked Up)

We're on the road again
Leavin' our load behind us
Put a new message on the answer phone
That they can't find us

The tickets are in my pocket
The shuttle is right on time
Everyone meets at the departure lounge
Half an hour we leave the ground

Let's go get a hot espresso
Or maybe a cappuccino
Say get me a cafe latte
Make it with lots of chocalattay in the middle of it

Let's pull over
I need some magazines
There's an attendant in the ladies room
If you're not squeamish
Which side of the road to drive on?
Here everyone eats so fast
And what was that language that we spoke yesterday?
I made some change so I can pay

To get us some hot espresso
Or maybe a cappuccino
Would you like a cafe latte
Make it with lots of chocalattay in the middle of it

Irish coffee
Sweet and sticky
English toffee
Plain and simple
Tea with honey
Top it off with ginseng royal jelly

In the morning it's a bus to Barcelona
Fly a little side trip over to Roma
Then we all meet in Cannes, Nice, and Monaco
Then it's Venice, Munich, London, San Francisco
Then we drive to Sante Fe and Austin
New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, Boston
Philadelphia, Cleveland Ohio
Columbus, Detroit, coffee stop Chicago
Then it's L.A., Honolulu
Sidney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Katmandu

And at the end of it all if god is willing
We're sipping Turkish coffee in Greenwich Village

I need a hot espresso, I'm all jacked up!
I need a double espresso, I'm all jacked up!

Hot espresso
Fix me a cappuccino
How about a cafe latte
Make it one with lots of chocalattay in the middle of it

Gimme one more hot espresso
Have another cappuccino
Fire me up a cafe latte
Sprinkle on that lots of chocalattay in the middle of it

Hot espresso, I'm all jacked up!

The Individualist

Gather 'round children, I got a tale to tell ya

There was a time when I couldn't bust a rhyme
Had yet to hit my prime
'Cause my mind was such a young mind
And first you got to unwind
The mystery of your soul, it's like a black hole
The gravity is too thick
You got to learn to lighten up a bit
It's such a frightening thing to realize
Every time you close your eyes
You been cut down to size
'Cause you're stuck with yourself
Ain't nobody else to compare yourself to
It's just you
And then you ask yourself, "What's it all about?"
So you try to figure it out
And that's when you'll be tempted to believe foolish things
And deceive yourself by lettin' someone else
Do your thinkin' for you
When they haven't got a clue
But you can't relive the hype, don't ya see?
'Cause I got a special answer meant just for me
Somewhere in my immediate vicinity

And if there's time enough to get it
Then in time I'm gonna get it
'Cause I am the Individualist

Check my references
Wherever you are now you know I been there, done that
Don't need to sling the scat 'cause my resume' is too fat
Change my name to some funky fresh dingbat
Like "the artist formerly known as TR-i"
I got to laugh when they try to figure out what it's all about
And they doubt that I'm so devout
But it's something I can do without
I got to know why I wanna know what I wanna know
Why do I go where the others won't go?
My eye is on the prize that's in disguise
That you can only theorize, but I can utilize
To rise above the lies about reality
'Cause you can't relive the hype don't ya see?
'Cause I got a special answer meant just for me
Somewhere in my immediate vicinity

And if there's time enough to find it
Then in time I'm gonna find it
'Cause I am the Individualist

Here comes the Individualist
Yes I am, the Individualist

Cast The First Stone

I had a vicious thought, a vicious thought
Like you never had a vicious thought before
Like you never in your life had a vicious thought before
Not once in your life

Cast the first stone, cast the first stone
Let the righteous among you cast the first stone

I told a pointless lie, a pointless lie
Like you never told a pointless lie before
To make yourself look good, you never told a pointless lie before
Not once in your life

I did a half-assed job, a half-assed job
Like you never in your life did a half-assed job

I was a fool for a kiss, a fool for a kiss
Like you never in your life was a fool for a kiss

Please do not complain to me of moral relativity
Spitefulness induces me to go on with the litany
Please do not complain to me of moral relativity
The crimes of others you deplore
But of yourself, you don't keep score

I did a sickening thing, a sickening thing
Like you never did a sickening thing before
Like your body never made you do a sickening thing before

I cursed an evil god, an evil god
Like you never cursed an evil god before
Like you never in your life cursed an evil god before

I screwed over a friend, I screwed over a friend
Like you never in your life screwed over a friend

I had a pompous attitude, a pompous attitude
Like you never in your life had a pompous attitude

Beloved Infidel

Beloved infidel, where are you hiding now?
Will you return to me once you've been disavowed?

All the many battles you fought on my behalf
Now your memory fades like a photograph

False gods they will erect offerings they will burn
I am lost in meditation and awaiting your return

Beloved infidel, do I beseech in vain?
Since you departed here, the pendulum swings again
Now the weak are vilified and the wicked glorified
And still you hide away inside a fool such as I

And it is money that they worship and
Lies are what they sell
And fear is their obsession
Ring the liberation bell, beloved infidel

Beloved infidel

Temporary Sanity

I had such great expectations of the world's benevolence
Of benevolence
I prefer hallucinations 'cause they tend to make more sense
Than experience

But it was just another sneak attack of temporary sanity
It was a pleasant stay, but now I'm back from temporary sanity
My temporary sanity

I began to grow dependent on a thing called common sense
It was common sense
But my world grew too resplendent that the strain was too intense
Without self-defense

The pool spreads 'cross the pavement where the sniper made him lie
And he looks just like my youngest, and I'm watching him die
I must remind myself I've seen this, it's all ancient history
One long trail of twisted bodies as the strong crush the weak
We must be crazy, we are crazy, this is our natural state
As our children die around us, we just sit here and wait
For a little temporary sanity
Some temporary sanity

There's a chance that we would still get the picture
If reality just came up and bit ya
But the news team would never report it
Because there's too much evidence to support it
If we was stupider the problem would vanish
But our brains are much more than we can manage
We say we want something so bad we can taste it
But once we get it, then we turn 'round and waste it
We got a twisted fixation with the marketplace
And every sufferin' soul is just another face
We think we're bein' manipulated from outer space
It's the collective guilty conscience of the human race
We get joyful when we look upon a lesser man
A specimen we can be sure that we're better than
There is no shortage of supply of pride and vanity
There is no explanation but INSANITY

You're listening to Prozac while the message goes unheard
It's the final word

We must be crazy, we must be crazy
There's no explanation so we must be crazy

Woman's World

It's a woman's world
It's a woman's world, a woman's world

She was the doe who mothered Bambi
I was the brave and magnificent stag
Let's not pretend I'm more than handy
Now that the pussy cat's out of the bag
'Cause it's a woman's world
I was not asked, I was not confronted
But I must admit
In most ways it's the thing that I wanted

Now it's a woman's world, don't get excited
It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was
It's a woman's world, don't fight the feeling
It's a woman's world, a woman's world

She will outlive me, that's for certain
It's a statistical fait accompli
And when I make that final curtain
She'll write an embarrassing book about me
'Cause it's a woman's world
It's been declared, just lower your weapon
And I must admit
It crossed my mind this finally would happen

Now it's a woman's world, nobody panic
It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was
It's a woman's world, and you're gonna love it
It's a woman's world, a woman's world

Every eye gets a little wetter in a woman's world
And every child gets fed much better in a woman's world
We may hold our grudges a little longer in a woman's world
But when we break down the love's so much stronger in a woman's world
And white boy, you come around here
With nothin' but a handful of cash
You need a big black mamma to teach you some manners
And a little blonde to wash your ass

'Cause don't you know that it's a woman's world
It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was
It's a woman's world, take me, I'm ready
It's a woman's world, a woman's world

It's a woman's world
The masquerade is finally over
And I must admit I fell for it
You just have to love her

It's a woman's world
It's been declared, just lower your weapon
And I must admit
It crossed my mind this finally would happen
It's a woman's world
I was not asked, I was not confronted
But I must admit
In most ways it's the thing that I wanted

It's a woman's world
I'm ready now, I'm into the program
And I must admit
I'm trying my best at being a ladies man

In a woman's world, calm down everybody
It's a woman's world, and it always was
It's a woman's world
It's a woman's world, a woman's world

Now it's a woman's world, don't get excited
It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was
It's a woman's world, don't fight that feeling
It's a woman's world, a woman's world

Everybody it's a woman's world, don't nobody freak out
It's a woman's world, 'cause it always was
It's a woman's world, and you're sure gonna love it
It's a woman's world, a woman's world

No surprises, it's a woman's world
It's a woman's world

It's absolutely fabulous

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