Todd Rundgren: White Knight

Artist

Todd Rundgren

Players

Todd Rundgren, Atticus Ross, Bettye LeVette, Bobby Strickland, Dâm Funk, Daryl Hall, Donald Fagan, Joe Satriani, Joe Walsh, John Boutté, Kasim Sulton, KK Watson, Michael Holman, Moe Berg, Prairie Prince, ReBop Rundgren, Robyn, Trent Reznor

Producer

Todd Rundgren

Release Date: May 12, 2017
Duration: 52:40
Label: Cleopatra
Catalog Number: CLO 0586

Todd works with various other artists

Come

There is no freedom
We are not free
We all reach the boundary eventually

Time erases all we made
We are judged by what we leave
Others turn their backs but as for us
There's change to oversee

The battlefront is our backyard
We raise our flag for all to see
And when it's time to come for you
Will you come, come, come, come with me?

Come with me
When I call you
Will you come, come with me?

I Got Your Back

Time's as hard as I've ever seen
Money is scarce, and people get mean
You struggle to stay on your own feet but then
You fall down, you sometimes don't get up again

A brother in need is a brother indeed
The naked to clothe and the hungry to feed
The garden is barren, but I'll plant a seed
I got your back

Pull you out of the gutter and off of the street
I got your back
You get the food off my plate, the shoes off my feet
I got your back

Alright dad, let me squeeze inside this moment of service
I want to give back too
I know, know that you're humble
But I got to, gotta let the world know
I got your back through all the hard times
Call on me when you're looking for the hard vibes
When you're starvin' and you're wishin' on a star
Kid, call on me, no more starvin' the artist
Let go, no more need for the pride, son
Pride before the fall, and it ain't no fun
We got a movement going on
And it's called movin' on through the power of truth
Will you, you ride on the train through
Through the dark times, nitty gritty too
We will, we will feed the hungry
People with the soul and they're searchin' for the wholeness
Whole foods is a state of mind booth
And it starts with a diet made of tender made truths

Chance For Us

Whoo!

Too much water under a broken bridge
Evil words I couldn't hear
How much battering can a love endure
Before it turns into tears?

Is there any life left in this love?
Or should we move on and let it die?
But if there's still a flame that I can fan
I'm gonna try, I'm gonna try one more time

Is there still a chance, a chance for us? (A chance for us)
Or has too much time gone by?
Is there still a chance, a chance for us? (A chance for us)
Or did the music die?

Can you bring back that sweet magic
After they showed it was just a trick?
Can you bring back heart, can you bring back health
To a love that turned so sick?

Maybe we should face the bitter truth,
Cut our losses and say goodbye?
But if you think there's something we can save
I'm gonna try, I'm gonna try one more time

Fiction

Tell me it can be arranged
Things as if they haven't changed
You'll return and never leave
This and more if I believe

This fiction

Every moment goes to plan
I become a different man
Give to me 'til none is left
All is mine if I accept

This fiction

Chivalry was never dead
Bitter words were never said
We were always civilized
Happy to no one's surprise

Beginning Of The End

It's really over, now it's done
Never thought I'd see the day
But it's finally come
The slate is clean
The slate is clean
Yes it is, yes it is
Now I can move on

But I woke up this morning,
Incomplete
Something like a shadow haunts my sleep
Made myself a promise,
I'm not sure I can keep
I had that burden off my shoulder
And I was sure that it was over

But it's the beginning of the end
Tell myself I'm winning
But it's pointless to pretend
Though the habit may be broken
The desire comes back again
And you never know just when
At the beginning of the end

It's time that I got honest with myself
A man can do a lot of things with nobody's help
I'll never, never, never, never, never, never, never going back into that hell
But there's some things you can't achieve all alone
You can feel strong, you can feel weak, then sometimes you just don't know
In the midnight hour, when you reach for the phone
Where's an angel when you need one, a rock that you can lean on?

When you're at the beginning of the end
Told myself I was winning
But it's pointless to pretend
Though the habit may be broken
The desire comes back again
And you never know just when
You're at the beginning of the end

Tin Foil Hat

He's coming down the escalator
With a girl from east of here
He wants to make the country greater
We've got nothing left to fear

Because the man in the tin foil hat
Is sitting on the throne tonight
It kinda feels like a coup e'tat
But it's gonna be great, tremendous, amazing, and all that

'Cause the man in the tin foil hat
Is tweeting like a teenage girl
He puts the Pluto in plutocrat
But it's gonna be huge, huge, huge new world

He hasn't got the time for losers
Unless they do as he commands
He's writing checks to his accusers
With those tiny little hands

Because the man in the tin foil hat
Is sitting on the throne tonight
It kinda feels like a coup e'tat
But it's gonna be huge, huge, huge new world

'Cause the man in the tin foil hat
Is gonna drain the swamp tonight
And fill it up with alternative facts
And it's gonna be great, tremendous, amazing, and all that

Look At Me

Check one two, one two two
All the ladies to the stage
[...]
And the Krispy Kremers, there ain't no dreamers but schemers
So get up, get up
Get up, get up
Get up, get up

Bonzai, Excelsior, Geronimo!

[...]
Ain't take no tape, shimmy shake, no mistake
[...]
Jibber, jabber, Java Hutt
It doesn't matter, shake your butt
Solaceous, [...], she moves me
Good gracious

Biggest show on earth yo
A miracle at birth yo
No you wouldn't want to miss this
Here my ass, you can kiss this
You can't handle my braggin'
I'm a fire breathin' dragon
You don't need to b'lee me
All you gotta do is see me

Look at me, look at me

Check one two, one two
What you gonna do? You?
Yo, this is Money Mike
Coming to you from the LES
Where the girls are fresh
And folks know best
The best MC there will ever be
MC who you be
M C G O D ... D
MC Look at Me

I pick a fight for no reason
But you know I'm just teasin'
I do something you hate yo
Then you tell your friends I'm great yo
I make a spectacle of myself
I'm electrical as all hell
I could make utter shit sell
While I stand on my head as well

Look at me, look at me

Check one two, one two
Yeah
[...]
Take for teh taking is for all of the rest
West coast, east coast, [...]
Jack it up, jack it up, jack it up

I got a technicolor ego
And it goes wherever we go
I set my hair on fire yo
Anything you desire yo
Drop my pants to my knees yeah
If you think that'll please ya
You tell everyone that sees ya
That you needed anesthesia

Look at me, look at me

Let's Do This

You're playing checkers, and I'm playing chess
You're playing checkers, and I'm playing chess

Think it's high time to face it, everyone's thinkin' small
But then after you taste it, don't you just want it all?

Who wants to do this? Yeah, let's do this!
Who wants to do this? Yeah, let's do this!

I'm going far and wide, come along for the ride
Because I'm gonna do this. Yeah let's do this!

I could play you for suckers, just 'cause you want it less
Maybe you're playing checkers, yeah, and I'm playing chess

I got my mad skills honed, and I'm ready to roll
Because I'm gonna do this. Yeah let's do this!

And I just won't stop 'til I'm over the top
Because I'm gonna do this. Yeah let's do this!

Sleep

I'm sitting in the dark
And watching you sleep
I'm wide awake, and you are breathing deep

There's nothing on my mind
No promises to keep
I'm happy ever after, and I'm not counting sheep
(And I am not counting sheep)

I'm sitting alone, counting my blessings
And watching you sleep
I'm waiting for the dawn, trying not to yawn
And watching you sleep
(Watching you sleep)

The light across the street
Illuminates the gloom
And but for your small breath, it's like a tomb

I close the bathroom door
And carefully I tiptoe 'round the room
I want to wake you up, but it will be daylight soon
(Yes, it will be daylight soon)

That Could Have Been Me

I thought I was your Supergirl
But you had something else in mind
You promised a place in your world for me
But it's so cold and undefined

If there's something I've overlooked
I just don't know what it could be
I've got to finally close the book on us
Not even that you'd do for me

But I will swallow my pride
 What will be will be
And you'll roll over at night
 Tell me what you see
That empty pillow by your side
 That could have been me
That could have been me

It's like you'll always mean to me
More than I'll ever mean to you
And when I should have broken free
I was willingly your fool

I can see it in your eyes
I should simply walk away
After all I compromised
I know you won't hear me anyway

Oh and I will swallow my pride
 What will be will be
And you'll roll over at night
 Tell me what you see
That empty pillow by your side
 That could have been me
That could have been me

Deaf Ears

The world we made goes up in flames
It's raining ashes
We reenact the hunger games
It's raining ashes

It's raining ashes
It's raining ashes
Falling on deaf ears

We pray to god our soul to keep
From raining ashes
And then we smother in our sleep
Covered in ashes

The dark as far as eyes can see
It's raining ashes
We've reached the end of history
Here come the ashes

Naked & Afraid

You're not from around here
It's pretty plain to see
But everybody knows this
You don't mess with the queen

She might not look imposing
But looks they can deceive
The graveyard's full of bodies
Of those who disbelieve

You are in, you are out
There is no in between, better
Pray for your life if you take on the queen

There never was a man that can frighten me
Push the wrong button and wait and see
I'll leave you naked and afraid

This time you're in way over your head
I'll suck the life blood out of you, and if you ain't dead
You'll wake up naked and afraid
Naked and afraid

There's no means of defense
Neither man nor machine, better
Pray for your life if you take on the queen

There never was a man that can frighten me
Push the wrong button and I'll guarantee
I'll leave you naked and afraid
Naked and afraid

You may be the seventh son of a seventh son
But I don't give a damn what you came from
I'll leave you naked and afraid

Buy My T

t's so perpetual, it's anywhere
Everything's virtual, it's light as air
It's so ephemeral, like it's not there
Need something I can hold
Or maybe something I can wear

Buy my T
Buy my hoodie
You need a souvenir
We got your cotton goodies
I know my limits
I give until I hurt
You can bootleg the music
But you have to buy a shirt

I used to stand in line to buy my shred
I get it from inside my phone instead
If it's a new design, I'll spend the bread
Though I don't own your vinyl
I got your branding on my head

Come on
Buy my T
My cap is fine
If we sell out, you can find
Everything online
We got all sizes
We got 5 X large
That's a limited edition
And will that be cash or charge?

Pushin' cotton, we pushin' cotton

Wouldn't You Like To Know

Ignorance is bliss
And I believe it's so
I guess sometimes you have to hurt like this
If you ever hope to grow

Rolling like a stone
Down the same old road
Why you're still alone
Wouldn't you like to know?

Ever wonder where
Or why she had to go?
Did she really care?
Wouldn't you like to know?

Life is so complex
I can't help but fall behind
It's hard to see how all of this connects
With a simple little mind

When you close your eyes
What is that tableau?
All gone when you rise
Wouldn't you like to know?

Never asking more
Going with the flow
What's behind the door?
Wouldn't you like to know?

Facing toward the wall
With my fingers in my ears
Don't want to know if I've been wrong at all
That I wasted all these years

This Is Not A Drill

This is not a drill, pass it down the line
Keep your voices still, could happen any time
Word came down last night, our enemies advance
If you're itchin' for a fight, well now you get your chance

This is not a drill, we're takin' live fire
Shit has gotten real, threat level can't be higher
The clank of armor plate rollin' down the hill
The horde is at the gate, comin' for the kill

This is not a drill, this is the big show
Our destiny fulfilled, that's all you need to know
We're movin' out at dawn, so clean your weapon well
The happy days are gone, we're headed into hell

This is not a drill, blood is not for show
The sound you hear is real, the fire is down below
If anyone is captured, we take the poison pill
And curse the bloody coward who doesn't have the will

This is not a drill


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