Utopia: Utopia

Artist

Utopia

Players

Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell, Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox

Producer

Todd Rundgren and Utopia

Release Date: 1982
Duration: 48:52
Label: Rhino/Bearsville
Catalog Number: R2 70713

The original LP was released on 3 sides, the second LP contained the last five songs on each of its sides.

Libertine

  When she walked in the room
  You could faint from the strong perfume
  And she said her name was Libertine
  In my ear, a voice said don't be a fool stay clear,
  Better stay away from Libertine
  Stay away from Libertine
  Stay away from Libertine
  Stay away from Libertine

  So I stayed out of view
  But my eyes couldn't come unglued
  I was hypnotized by Libertine
  So in time I broke down and I lost my mind
  Then I made a move on Libertine
  Stay away from Libertine
  Made a move on Libertine
  Stay away from Libertine
  I made my move on Libertine

  And I waited all night
  'Til the timing was right
  For another man was reaching for her hand
  But he went to the phone
  And when I got her alone
  It just wasn't the same
  Tell me what's in a name?

  She made me drunk with her charms
  Then she left on her husband's arm
  And I got the shaft from Libertine
  I was weak and I know just from whence I speak,
  Better stay away from Libertine
  Stay away from Libertine

Bad Little Actress

  I can't carry on
  This play is too long
  I must be going
  Extend my regrets
  I gave it my best
  But now I'm going
  This is too much for me to take
  Something tells me that she's faking it
  She says she don't care
  She wants to be fair
  She must be joking
  It's simple she said
  Let's not lose our head
  Tell me she's joking
  This is too much for me to take
  But somebody isn't faking
  Someone's heart is breaking
  And if you see her give her my critique
  She's a bad little actress
  Gets no curtain call
  But the worst of all
  When the curtain falls
  There's no one at the backstage door

  I'm more than her friend
  'Cause I knew her when
  She was no sensation
  She's wasting our time
  Repeats all her lines
  What's her motivation?
  Now she won't share her stage with me
  Her performance was outrageous
  Put me through some changes
  So if you see her give her my critique
  She's a bad little actress
  Her delivery don't come naturally
  Anyone could see she doesn't mean a word she says
  Her mascara ran
  And the show was panned
  But I'm still her biggest fan
  So when you see her give her my critique
  She's a bad little actress
  Gets no curtain call
  But the worst of all
  When the curtain falls
  There's no one at the backstage door

Feet Don't Fail Me Now

  Can't you see, she don't want you around no more
  Can't you see, that her hand's pointing at the door
  Feet don't fail me now
  How could anyone stay
  Anyone could see it's time to go away
  Time to take a powder
  Open up your eyes
  But it feels like my legs have been paralyzed

  Feet don't fail me now
  Begging please don't make a fool of me
  Feet don't fail me now
  Please don't keep me where I should not be
  Feet don't fail me now
  Stop pretending that you've gone to sleep
  Feet don't fail me now
  Begging please don't make a fool of me

  See your things piled in the hall
  Turn around, there's a new picture on the wall
  Feet don't fail me now
  We're the last ones to know
  Anyone could see it's time for us to go
  Time to hit the highway
  Nothing left to do
  But it feels like my shoes have been crazy glued

Neck On Up

  I gave the girls the eye
  I've given lust a try
  I'm just an average guy
  From the neck on down
  I used to have my fun
  When all was said and done
  I only wanted someone
  From the neck on down
  Maybe it's one too many mornings after
  Maybe I'm sick of my own nervous laughter

  Now I'm looking for heaven
  From the neck on up
  For a perfect eleven
  From the neck on up

  I was a typical man
  I had a master plan
  I thought that heaven began
  From the waist on down
  And I had always said
  That I could use my head
  But I was thinking instead
  From the waist on down
  Maybe it's one too many frozen shoulders or
  Maybe I haven't noticed getting older

  Trapped in a dream
  Something has to change in this endless stream
  Of ships that pass in the night
  Is this what I want out of life?
  I want to know what this game is about
  I want someone to try and figure me out

  I can't determine why
  But I'm a different guy
  Your modus operandi
  Turned me inside out
  It's not that I don't care
  About your fine hardware
  But you've got something else there
  I can't figure out
  Maybe I just can't finish what I've started or
  Maybe it's simply that I've been outsmarted

  Now I've found my heaven
  From the neck on up
  You're a perfect eleven
  From the neck on up

Say Yeah

  I didn't call this meeting and
  I never heard such beating around
  Around the bush and
  You can't commit to something so
  You won't come up with nothing at all
  Unless you're pushed
  But I wanna get this straightened out
  I'm getting tired of waiting

  When I say when will you lay your love down for me,
  Don't say what
  When I say why won't you put out something for me,
  Don't say what, say yeah

  We had a good thing going but
  We never did quite know what it was
  But it was good so
  Why don't we just start over and
  Maybe I can help you lower your guard
  I think we should
  But you gotta stop resisting me
  I wanna get some kissing

  I don't believe in magic but
  You could avert a tragedy here
  I got to say that
  I think you've got the power and
  You know the final hour has come
  So don't delay 'cause
  I wanna get this straightened out
  I'm getting tired of waiting

Call It What You Will

  You can call it anything you want
  But a rose is a rose and a thorn is a thorn
  Tell me white is black and black is white
  You can say anything but that don't make it right
  You can tell me that the world is flat
  If I didn't know any better, I might go for that
  And the sky is falling on my head
  I believe the sky is falling on my head
  I've been such a fool
  Don't you agree?
  I let you call all my shots for me
  Don't you know how it feels
  When you've got high ideals?

  Call it what you will - don't call it love
  Call it what you will - don't call it love
  Call it what you will - don't call it love
  Call it what you will - don't call it love, not in front of me

  I think I'm old enough
  I can handle myself when the going gets tough
  You don't have to hide it anymore
  Why bother sparing me now when you didn't before?
  You can save that line for someone else
  That's your own can of beans and I swear I won't tell
  Now is the sky is falling on my head
  I believe the sky is falling on my head
  I've been such a fool
  But don't cry for me
  You are the one who needs sympathy
  Tell me how many times
  Can you play the same line?

  Now the sky is falling on your head
  Look out baby, now the sky is falling on your head
  Yes the sky is falling on your head
  I believe the sky is falling on your head
  You've been such a fool
  Now can't you see?
  You lost your best opportunity
  You passed up a prize
  For some pie in the sky

I'm Looking At You But I'm Talking To Myself

  I'm looking at you but I'm talking to myself
  Looking straight at you but I'm talking to myself
  Talking to myself
  'Cause I still can remember
  Words that didn't sound so well planned
  What is wrong with me?
  You don't have to pretend to understand

  Every moment, I am thinking to myself
  It seems so different, I am thinking to myself
  Thinking to myself
  And I don't want to face it
  Why is everything so past tense?
  What is wrong with me?
  This just don't seem to make any sense

  And I'm looking at you but I'm talking to myself
  Looking straight at you but I'm talking to myself

  It wasn't over, I was hoping to myself
  We've got forever, I was hoping to myself
  Hoping to myself
  And for a shred of a second
  I thought we could still change our fate
  What is wrong with me?
  I can see it's already way too late

  'Cause you're looking at me but you're talking to
  	yourself
  Looking straight at me but you're talking to yourself
  And I'm looking at you but I'm talking to myself
  Looking straight at you but I'm talking to myself

Hammer In My Heart

  There's a hammer in my heart
  Pounding out your name
  There's a hammer in my heart
  Here it comes again

  I hear a certain sound
  And it just won't go away
  It sends a message out
  What's it gonna be today?
  It wakes me up at dawn
  And as the day goes on
  I try to turn it off but the beat goes on

  It never lets me rest
  I can't get a minute's peace
  I lay awake in bed
  Wondering will it ever cease?
  It's like a top ten song
  I hear it all day long
  I try to turn it off but the beat goes on

Burn Three Times

  Burn burn burn
  Burn burn burn
  Burn burn burn
  Burn burn burn
  I'm cookin' up somethin'
  Cookin' up somethin'
  Cookin' up somethin' special for you
  It's on the back burner
  On the back burner
  On the back burner waiting for you
  I'm no burger king, I'm no pizza pie spinner
  Don't come sniffin' 'round here for something to eat
  It's a gourmet thing, not a TV dinner
  So stay out of the kitchen if you can't take the heat

  It's gonna
  Burn burn burn - you might get burned
  Burn burn burn - 'cause it's so hot
  Burn burn burn - that you might get burned
  Burn burn burn

  I've got a hot number
  Got a hot number
  Got a hot number bearing your name
  It's such a big order
  Such a big order
  Such a big order turn up the flame
  It's a champagne kiss with a surprise in the middle
  I hope you're hungry, I've been cookin' all day
  Got a love so strong you couldn't squish it with a griddle
  Call out the volunteers 'cause my heart's a flambe'

  I gotta time it right so it's warm when you get it
  Turn up the heat just a little bit higher
  It was a good idea but I think I overdid it
  I can't reach the oven and the kitchen's on fire

There Goes My Inspiration

  They say pain can bring out the artist's best
  But since you've been gone, I just can't care less
  Common sense doesn't realize
  It can hurt so bad
  Everyday I sit in my garret staring at the floor
  But my heart isn't in it anymore

  There goes my inspiration
  My reason for creation
  There goes my inspiration
  I felt it fly away when you said goodbye

  Me and Gaugin used to party down
  I was hung in the Louvre, I was Renoir's pal
  Vincent Van Gogh used to joke with me
  Now they don't come 'round
  It's all over town that the master's lost his touch
  I'm so lost I can hardly hold a brush

  And now my palette is a sorry mix of grey and brown
  And all the other art lovers stay away
  	'cause I'm bringing them down

  Now I wander the left bank every day
  Searching for my muse in sad cafes
  Peddle my oils to the galleries
  But they turn me down
  Everybody says I'm a master of technique
  But the style and the sentiment is weak

Princess Of The Universe

Well, I wanna shake that thing wit'cha all night long
Yeah, you're a princess baby, you can do no wrong
Said you're a beacon of light when the sun is gone
Yeah, you're a princess baby, you can name that song

Well, they just couldn't touch you with a ten foot pole
And they just couldn't catch you, 'cause you're on a roll
You got so much juice, you make the telephone ring
You make me jump right up, I wanna shake that thing

Wit'cha all night long
You're the princess of the universe
You're a princess baby, you can do no wrong
You're the princess of the universe

Well, I ain't seen nothing like it since the Sha got the rope
You got a legion of liggers that would shame the Pope
You just say the word and they run like hell
You gotta take a cold shower, so your head don't swell

But you can do no wrong
You're the princess of the universe
You're a beacon of light when the sun is gone
You're the princess of the universe

Well, you ain't got a man who can touch what you got
But you're looking for a subject that can fill that slot
When the count is down, I want to step in time
And when your fingers pop, I want to tow that line

Infrared and Ultraviolet

  Take a look
  At the things that you can't see
  All the mystic treasury
  And you'll get them for free
  Infrared and ultraviolet

  Check it out
  Like a secret waterfall
  Like a rainbow on the wall
  Costs you nothing at all
  Infrared and ultraviolet

  There is nothing to buy
  Why not give it a try
  While you're waiting for your ship to come in

  Pass it on
  Let the ancient song survive
  Make it fun to be alive
  Throw it in overdrive
  Infrared and ultraviolet

  For it's something in your mind
  That will let you see behind
  Cross the border and find
  Infrared and ultraviolet
  Infrared and ultraviolet

Forgotten But Not Gone

  She's been good to me
  She's been as kind as a girl can be
  But I get the feeling
  She thinks that certain something is gone
  It's the little things
  Like the words to the songs she sings
  Are a little different
  And I can tell that I'm not the one

  It's just a matter of time
  Forgotten but not gone
  I'm the invisible guy
  Forgotten but not gone

  It was my mistake
  'Cause I gave less than I could take
  And I never noticed
  She wanted something I didn't have
  And my roving eye
  Drove her off to another guy
  Now she doesn't see that
  To keep from crying I've got to laugh

  And it's so hard to believe
  When I call her she turns away
  Like she don't see me at all
  And it's so hard to believe
  All that water under the bridge
  Don't count for nothing at all

  It's the same old line
  Out of sight and you're out of mind
  But I never thought that
  I'd see the day when she didn't care
  But the joke's on me
  I came home yesterday to see
  Them in bed together
  And making love like I wasn't there

  It was a matter of time
  Forgotten but not gone
  I could have rolled up an died
  Forgotten but not gone
  I'm the invisible guy
  Forgotten but not gone

Private Heaven

  Ah, what happened to our little girl?
  She doesn't sing like she used to do
  Ah, why won't she say it to the world?
  She doesn't want us anymore. She is gone
  In a private heaven
  They may try
  But nobody can find you
  In a private heaven
  Close your eyes
  It's waiting right behind you

  Ah, when did her laughter fly away?
  She doesn't smile like she used to do
  Ah, where is her happy yesterday?
  She doesn't want us anymore. She is gone
  In a private heaven
  They may try
  But nobody can find you
  In a private heaven
  Close your eyes
  It's waiting right behind you

  You can't take our love away - no you can't
  You can't take our love away - please don't take
  You can't take our love away - no you can't now
  You can't take our love away - please don't take it
  You can't take our love away - no you can't
  You can't take our love away - please don't take
  You can't take our love away - can't take it away
  You can't take our love away - can't take it away
  You can't take our love away - you can't take it away

  Ah, will you be coming home again?
  She doesn't have somewhere else to go
  Ah, who will become your special friend?
  I will be taking her away. She is gone
  In a private heaven
  They may try
  But nobody can find you
  In a private heaven
  Close your eyes
  It's waiting right behind you

Chapter and Verse

  I got the dictionary in my hand
  But I can't seem to find the word I'm looking for
  I've checked every letter, now I'm up to Z
  There just ain't anymore
  I've got a million choices in my head
  If I could only chose the one that says it best
  I shelled out a quarter for a greeting card
  Now I can't seem to get my pen to do the rest

  But I know it all by heart, chapter and verse
  I'll quote you any part, every word
  But it's so deep inside it can't be heard

  I've got the Sunday paper in my hand
  And I've been working on the weekly cryptogram
  I know there's a message in between the lines
  That's the same way I am
  I got the crossword puzzle half complete
  But now I need another word four letters long
  It's just like the way I want a perfect fit
  I can settle for less but all of them are wrong

  There could be no jealousy over my poetry
  It's my weakest quality, no vocabulary
  I got the scrabble letters in a pile
  But there could never be enough to say it all
  I know you don't wanna hear the same old line
  So you'll just have the read the writing on the wall

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