Song of the Day #2,837: ‘We Gotta Get You a Woman’ – Todd Rundgren

todd_rundgren_runtThe 1970 album Runt is widely considered Todd Rundgren’s solo debut, though technically it was recorded by a band also called Runt. That band was essentially a Rundgren solo project, though, so it’s all semantics.

I only recently stopped confusing Todd Rundgren with Ted Nugent, so I’m very much in the dark about the man’s career. But everything of his I’ve heard suggests I should be a fan.

Based on the samples I’ve heard of Runt, it’s jam-packed with stylish pop in the Laura Nyro vein. Rundgren’s influence on Ben Folds is obvious, another reason I should invest in one of his albums.

Leroy, boy, is that you?
I thought your post-hangin’ days were through,
Sunk-in eyes and full of sighs,
Tell no lies, you get wise,
I tell you now we’re gonna pull you through,
There’s only one thing left that we can do.

We gotta get you a woman,
It’s like nothin’ else to make you feel sure you’re alive.
We gotta get you a woman,
We better get walkin’, we’re wastin’ time talkin’ now.

Leroy, boy, you’re my friend
You say how and I’ll say when
Come and meet me down the street
Take a seat, it’s my treat
You may not ever get this chance again
That empty feeling’s just about to end.

Talkin’ ’bout life and what it means to you,
It don’t mean nothin’ if it don’t run through
I got one thing to say, you know it’s true
You got to find some time to get this thing together.

Talkin’ ’bout things about that special one
They may be stupid but they sure are fun
I’ll give it to you while we’re on the run
Because we ain’t got time to get this thing together, ’cause we
Got to get together with a woman who has been around,
One who knows better than to let you down,
Let’s hope there’s still one left in this whole town,
And that she’ll take some time to get this thing together.

We gotta get you a woman
And when we’re through with you,
We’ll get me one too.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,837: ‘We Gotta Get You a Woman’ – Todd Rundgren

  1. Dana says:

    I’ve heard of Todd Rudgren, but had no clue what he recorded. Looking him up this morning, I realize that I know his biggest hits, “Hello it’s Me” and “I Saw the Light” and perhaps I would know a couple of other songs if I heard them, though not today’s song. I was also surprised to see that he is perhaps better known as a producer and produced XTC’s Skylarking, one of my favorite albums.

    Given his influence on Ben Folds and others, I too think this is someone I should get to know better.

  2. Rob says:

    If I may recommend a Todd Rundgren album to be the 1st purchase, I would go with “Something/Anything”. It contain’s “Hello It’s Me”, “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and “I Saw The Light”. It is a great double album, full of tasty pop gems.
    Rundgren also led the band Utopia, and they had a string of great albums in the late 70’s and early 80’s. As a producer, he has not only been at the controls for XTC’s “Skylarking” but also produced Meatloaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell”, The Band’s “Stage Fright” and Hall and Oates “War Babies” to mention only a few. If you listen to Rundgren, you can tell that he influenced the vocals stylings of Darryl Hall as well. The oddity that is Todd Rundgren though is that he rarely repeats himself – he re-invents himself with almost every album release … much like Neil Young.

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