Todd Rundgren: State

Artist

Todd Rundgren

Players

Todd Rundgren, Rachel Haden

Producer

Todd Rundgren

Release Date: April 9, 2013

Imagination

I am what I am, that's all that I am
I tell myself

I have no demands, I don't have a plan
To sell myself

Every day's the same old song (and over and over)

Go along and get along (and over and over)

Nothing's ever right or wrong

What is hell? The same old smell
The same old situation
No imagination

Whatever life brings, eventually things
Will just work out

Whenever they don't, I certainly won't
Be found about

Every new year I resolve (and over and over)

Never gotten past day twelve (and over and over)

Just a problem I can't solve

What is death? The train has left
And you're still in the station
No imagination

Serious

I like a laugh
I like my fun
You cross a line
You better run
If you're inclined
To laugh at this
Soon you will find out
Where that line is

I try to play the nice guy
You had to be a wise guy
I should just let it pass by
But now it's daddy time

Because I'm serious, serious as I can be
Serious, better call the cops on me
Serious, I'm about to chain react
Because I'm serious
As a heart attack
(Clear)

You're on the edge
Of trouble now
You have offended
My sacred cow
You shall receive
What you deserve
Seems you've been dancing
On my last nerve

I should try to ignore you
There's really no cure for you
Once again you're out of line
Now it's daddy time

You know I'm serious, you made a fool out of me
Serious, now I'm counting up to three
Serious, your lame excuses don't mean jack
Because I'm serious
As a heart attack
(Clear)

You know I'm serious, you went and made a fool out of me
Serious, now I'm counting up to three
Serious, your lame excuses don't mean jack
Because I'm serious
As a heart attack
(Clear)

In My Mouth

I woke up the other morning
Felt like there was something growing in my brain
And I went to see the doctor
He looked me up and down, and he could not explain

And this mystery affliction
Seems to reach its peak whenever you're around
I thought maybe you're the one
I'm seeking who knows how to help me out

Come over here
What is this?
There is something in my mouth
Something in my mouth

Might be a word
Could be a kiss
There is something in my mouth
Something in my mouth for you
(I have something in my mouth for you)

I have tried to understand it
Doesn't really make a lot of sense to me
But as an explanation
I will admit it fits the bill quite handily

Since this form of medication
Seems to be available from only you
I need reexamination
Every now and then until I feel like new

Ping Me

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

Angry Bird

Everybody's talkin', tell me have you heard?
I know it sounds fantastical, I know it sounds absurd
It's an angry bird

She's mad as a soakin' chicken
At alert level orange
Some pig is trying to control her eggs
Time to take her revenge

She's an angry bird

The piggies up in the statehouse
Couldn't leave well enough alone
Now she's flying off the handle
And flingin' herself like a stone

Now the pig party is pooped
And the answer has been found
Tell me just how many angry birds
It takes to knock a pigpen down

Are you angry now?

Smoke

It happened so fast
The blink of an eye
I never intended to
Go flying so high
Nothing was serious
Then it caught fire

Tried to stay cool
But the heat just got higher
Trapped in a tinderbox
Of rage and desire
The friction was so intense
Then we caught fire

We were aflame
Starshine was here to stay
Then it faded away
And it all went up in smoke

Life was cherries flambe
But that was so yesterday
Then it all went up in smoke

Now here am I
Kicking the ashes
Of a memory gone by
Things got too serious
Then they caught fire

Now I've been burned
I'm a bit wiser
A place in the shade
Is all I require
Yet I'm still hypnotized
When I see fire

Collide-A-Scope

I take, I lend
I make, I spend
I think, I act
Extend, retract
I freak, I cope
I doubt, I hope
Collide-A-Scope

I sleep, I wake
I'm real, I'm fake
I walk, I ride
I seek, I hide
I'm fast, I'm slow
I'm high, I'm low
Collide-A-Scope

I'm good, I'm bad
I'm glad, I'm sad
I'm poor, I'm rich
I keep, I switch
I ebb, I flow
I'm friend, I'm foe
Collide-A-Scope

I talk, I hear
I'm brave, I'm fear
I lead, I trail
I'm freed, I'm jailed
I'm to, I'm fro
I catch, I throw
Collide-A-Scope

I'm right, I'm wrong
I'm short, I'm long
I stay, I leave
I bob, I weave
I'm dull, I glow
I guess, I know
Collide-A-Scope

I'm false, I'm true
I'm old, I'm new
I float, I sink
I stare, I blink
I'm yes, I'm no
Goodbye, hello
Collide-A-Scope

We live, we die
We laugh, we cry
We're here, we're gone
We're dusk, we're dawn
We come, we go
We doubt, we hope
Collide-A-Scope

We love, we hate
We start, we wait
We curse, we pray
We birth, we stay
We're high, we're low
We're friend, we're foe
Collide-A-Scope

We give, we take
We're real, we're fake
We're there, we're here
We're brave, we're fear
We're to, we're fro
We guess, we know
Collide-A-Scope

We live, we die
We laugh, we cry
We're here, we're gone
We are dusk, we're dawn
We're yes, we're no
Goodbye, hello
Collide-A-Scope

Something from Nothing

Staring down the dry hole
That used to be a well
This town has dried up long ago
There's no tale left to tell
I am a sole survivor
Each day I search the sky
And never a rain cloud goes by

I have faith
I have faith
What is faith?
Something from nothing

I live without companionship
Nobody takes this road
It doesn't lead to anywhere
Since they closed the motherlode
I gaze at the horizon
Until it hurts my eyes
And never a soul passes by

I have faith, I have faith
Without faith then there is nothing
But with faith I create
Something from nothing

And inside every atom
There is naught but empty space
Why does the sight of rainbows
Put a smile upon your face?
And how will you become yourself
From a little tiny ball?
The answer is nothing at all

Just have faith, I have faith
Without faith then there is nothing
But with faith I create
Something from nothing

Party Liquor

There is this party, they say I should come by
I'm bad with strangers, but I may give it a try

Sittin' in the corner, and I'm feeling kinda shy
I see someone, but I'm afraid to catch their eye

And in my mind
We'll have a nice time
Drinking fine wine
Then somebody yelled
"Wake up and smell the moonshine"

And the lights got dimmer and began to flicker
Then they broke out the party liquor

When the moment came, I didn't have to trick her
She just threw back that party liquor

This shit gets crazier with every passing hour
I should slow down, but I don't seem to have the power

I'm mixing everything including grape and grain
I'm thinkin' thoughts that I should never entertain

And in my brain
We are so urbane
Oysters and champagne
Then somebody yelled
"Wake up, you must be insane"

Then the loud mouths lose it, and they began to bicker
Over who holds their party liquor

And we all find out just who can get sicker quicker
When they break out the party liquor

While the trash piles higher, and the floor gets slicker
'Cause they spill so much party liquor

And the TV's blaring 'cause they can't find the clicker
Things get so lost on party liquor

(Put your hands in the air)

And the noise grows louder, and the plot gets thicker
As they run out of party liquor

Then I look right at her and begin to snicker
Things get so strange in party liquor

'Cause if I was sober I would never pick her
You do weird things on party liquor

And the rude boys line up to get in her knickers
When she's face down on party liquor

So everybody sing
It's party liquor time!

Sir Reality

No one ever lies
No one really dies
Money brings you joy
Girls are girls
And boys are boys
The ocean has no salt
Lack is all your fault
Knowledge comes for free

Sir reality
The truth is plain to see
But you may not agree
Much prefer to be
In sir reality
The truth is plain to see
If you disagree
Then you can call on me
Sir reality

All science is a ploy
A gun's just a toy
Man is born not made
It's good to be afraid
The earth is not so old
The moon is not that cold
The rich deserve to be
Sir reality


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