Todd Rundgren: One Long Year

Artist

Todd Rundgren

Players

Todd Rundgren
Jesse Gress
John Ferenzik
Prairie Prince
Ken Emerson

Producer

Todd Rundgren

Release Date: June 20, 2000
Duration: 42:47
Label: Artemis Records
Catalog Number: 751046-2-7

The first full release from Patronet offerings.

I Hate My Frickin' ISP

The reason that I signed up
Is the reason that I hate it
I know she's made her mind up
I just don't know how she's made it

And my dial-up screen has locked me
Into a touch tone tune monotony
Because some snot-nosed pube has blocked me out
And I wait
And I wait

And I hate my frickin ISP
He ain't got go bandwidth left for me
And I'll never get back
Never get back the time that I waste
That's what I hate

My job's so hard to swallow
But it's got me by the collar
In some Motel 6 squalor
Where every local call's a dollar

I got no time left to jack off
I got a deadline that won't back off
I'm about to chew my own leg off
Cause it's so late
And I'm late

And I hate my frickin ISP
I get bumped for inactivity
And I'll never get back
Never get back the time that I waste
That's what I hate

It rained CD roms that gave me
Twenty hours free
I let my service provider
Make a junky outta me
And then he cut me off
From my online community
And now I hate, I hate it
I hate I hate I hate I hate

I hate my frickin ISP
His domain name lookup takes eternity
etc...

Na na na na na

Buffalo Grass

Saw you once and you looked so sweet
Saw you twice and I felt complete
Three times thought I'd get some peace
Dozen times and there's no release
And I was already gone

And life goes on in white and black
Cloaking the stealth of your attack
The tendrils creep through every crack
And every time I cut you off
You grow right back

Like buffalo grass
You crawled across my heart
Oh like buffalo grass
Wrapped yourself around my heart

Day goes by and I think I feel clean
Week goes by and I feel serene
Month goes by like you're just a dream
Year goes by I'm back on my knees
When I was already gone

But since you first infected me
We've been connected karmically
Should I escape your gravity
In every other solar system
There you'll be

Like buffalo grass
You crawled across my heart
Oh like buffalo grass
Wrapped yourself around my heart
Like buffalo grass
You crawled across my heart
Oh like hele hele
Cat claw across my heart

Empires fall and the roach will rule
Lifetimes pass and I'm still your fool
Universe collapses in a silvery pool
Watering the root that connects me to you

Jerk

With friends like these,
Who needs enemies?
With friends like these,
Who needs enemies?
With friends like these,
Who needs enemies?
With friends like these,
With friends like these

I wanna grind you down to atoms
Grind you down to atoms
I wanna grind you down
Grind you down to atoms

Jerk
Why bother
Jerk
Why bother
Jerk
Why bother
Get you out of my system

I wanna pound you down to powder
Pound you down to powder
I wanna pound you down to powder
Pound you down to powder

Bang On The Ukelele Daily

I don't want to work
I want to bang on the drum all day
I don't want to play
I just want to bang on the drum all day

Ever since I was a tiny boy
I don't want no candy
I don't need no toy
I took a stick and an old coffee can
I bang on that thing 'til I got
Blisters on my hand because

When I get older they think I'm a fool
The teacher told me I should stay after school
She caught me pounding on the desk with my hands
But my licks was so hot
I made the teacher wanna dance
And that's why

Listen to this
Every day when I get home from work
I feel so frustrated
The boss is a jerk
And I get my sticks and go out to the shed
And I pound on that drum like it was the boss's head
Because

I can bang that drum
Hey, you wanna take a bang at it?
I can do this all day

Where Does The Time Go?

I've got a great big problem that I can't fix.
I think it's quarter to three when it's half past six.
Everything's early or way too late.
Now I never can remember the day and the date.

Never used to be this much trouble before.
I used to watch the clock but not anymore.
I used to keep track of the time I'd lose,
But now the whole thing has me so confused.

I have to find a new job every week or so,
'Cause no one needs a man who's always fast or slow.
Still you'll get no complaint from me,
But what can the answer be?

Where does the time go when I'm with you?
How many hours do I lose every day?
They recombine when I'm missing you,
Slowing me down like a digital delay.

Where does the time go when I'm with you?
Why does it seem like there's never enough?
It's just like I'm living split in two.
Two kinds of time when you're out and in love.

There's only so much pleasure a man can take,
'Til his brain starts to go and his senses fade.

Doesn't need to eat or drink or sleep.
Can't feel a thing 'cause he's in too deep.
Walks around thinking that the world is fine,
While an alien force takes over his mind.

And then he throws away every single dime,
And the last thing to go is his sense of time.
But then if you're having fun,
Who cares if you're that far gone?

They tell me that time's not free.
What did time ever do for me?
And if I don't see that's wrong,
Then maybe I'm too far gone.

Love of the Common Man

I've been burned in my prime
The simple things in life
Seem so hard to learn sometimes
And it takes so long
Catch it while you can
Too late tomorrow
And everyone

Said we all know what comes of that
Living in your pockets and talking through your hat
But it won't take long
To turn your head around
Too late tomorrow
'Cause everyone needs the love of the common man
Turn the world around
Too late tomorrow
'Cause everyone

Everyone is waiting, just anticipating on you
Won't you make a showing everybody knows what to do
Take a dive from your ivory tower
And fall on everyone will catch you, everyone

I would be so pleased to spend some time
To hear a little talk about what's been on your mind
'Cause it don't take long
To turn my head around
If it comes easy
'Cause everyone needs the love of the common man
Turn the world around
Too late tomorrow
'Cause everyone

Mary and the Holy Ghost

Instrumental

Yer Fast (And I Like It)

You got speed, turn it on
What I need to mow my lawn
You're my steed I ride til dawn
And the main vein bleeds til my strength is gone
I'm in the saddle, I'm in the race
I try not to ratle but you set the pace
When I start to struggle to share your space
You stop and then you
Stick it in my face
Stick it in my face
You stick it

Yer fast, and I like it
Yer fast, and I like it
It can't last, but I like it
I like it I like it I like it
Now stop

I need time to catch my breath
I behind but I ain't done yet
Too inclined to stop and rest
Lest my racing mind beat my heart to death
I ain't a yokel but lawd I swear
This ain't the local, it's express somewhere
When the flat on my cycle ain't got no spare
You stop and then you
Put your finger there
Put your finger there
You put it

Yer fast, and I like it
Yer fast, and I like it
It can't last, but I like it
I like it I like it I like it
I like it

Freeze frame, stop the press
It's insane to go on like this
Forgot my name, gorgot to piss
Am I plain inane or a slave to bliss?
Space was bending to bring you near
Thought I was trascending but now I fear
It looks like the ending of my fine career
But you stop and then you
Kiss me over here kiss me over here
You kiss me then you kiss me over here
Kiss me on the... you know!

Hit Me Like A Train

I have visions, I have visions of a happy land
And in this happy land, happy land
There is still one unhappy man
Because of all the things he wants
There is always something he can't have
It's like a siren singing, like a church bell ringing
I can feel you winning, and my head starts spinning
Now I'm back at the beginning
I, I, I see you lying there and
I, I felt a wave come over me and
I, I, I thought I had escaped you
As I sat down by the roadside
And it hit me like a train
Hit me like a freight train
When the truth came down on me
It hit me like a long, slow train

It is written, I know it's written
All God's children get smitten
And if there's anyone, anybody
I know the [Lord] can fit that description
And if I could turn back the hands of time
Still I wouldn't know what I'm supposed to change
It's like a well gone dry, like a kiss goodbye
As the grip gets tighter, I continue to fight it
Then you strike me with your lightning
I, I, I woke up in a cold sweat and
I, I thought I heard you call my name and
I, I, I had to reach out for your fingers
And before I could call the doctor
You hit me like a train
Hit me like a freight train
When the truth came down on me
Swear you hit me like a long, slow train

Lord you hit me like a train
Hit me like a coal train
When your love came down on me yeah
Say hit me like a long, slow
Lord I feel it coming down and
I, I, I, I, oooh
I, I, I, oh Lord have mercy [on me]
I can't hold out no longer
I was ready to surrender
And it hit me like a train yeah
Hit me like a freight train
When your love came down on me yeah
And it me like a long, slow train
Lord you hit me like a train
Hit me like a soul train
When your love, when your love came down on me child
Hit me like a long slow [how long was it] long train
Hit me like a coal train?

The Surf Talks

Oooh I love you
Giggle giggle
The surf talks
Do you love me too?

If the surf could talk, I know she'd ask
"Do you think you're equal to the task?"
If the surf could talk, she'd say
"Beware I love you"

So I'd answer very carefully
And I'd ask if she'd be there for me
And the surf says "always
Beware I love you"

The surf says "I want you like you want me
Am I in you? Are you in me?
Tell me"

The surf talks
And it knows what to say
The surf talks
I must learn to obey
The gun cocks, the clock stops, the earth rocks, the surf talks
The surf talks
Puts its tongue on my skin
The surf talks
While it's sucking me in
The door locks and unlocks, the veil drops, the surf talks

She has promised me a beach of pearls
And an endless wave, a perfect curl
And she tells me always
"Beware I love you"

She will place the world inside my hand
She will touch the soul of every man
She will take my message
"I'm here to love you"

The surf says "I want you here inside me
Am I in you? Are you in me?
Tell me"

We are standing on a beach of pearls
We are riding deep inside the curl
And everybody all around the world
Must surrender when your flag unfurls

We are standing on a beach of pearls
We are riding deep inside the curl
And everybody all around the world
Will be dancing in the sea.

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