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Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner (Once)

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Published on Mar 18, 2010

Recorded for Beserkley Records in late 1974, produced by label boss Matthew King Kaufman, and released at the time on a single (Beserkley B-34701) with a B-side by the band Earth Quake. Kaufman stated: "To record "Roadrunner" took the 3 minutes 35 seconds for the performance, about another 30 minutes to dump the background vocals on, and another 90 minutes to mix it".

This version was reissued in 1975 on the album Beserkley Chartbusters Vol. 1 (Beserkley JBZ-0044). In the UK, where Richman had received substantial and very positive publicity in the music press, it was released in 1976 as a single (Beserkley BZZ 1), known as Roadrunner (Once), with the Cale-produced Roadrunner (Twice) on the B-side. This single reached number 11 in the UK singles chart in early 1977.

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Lyrics:

One two three four five six
Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop
With the radio on

I'm in love with the modern world
Massachusetts when it's late at night
And the neon when it's cold outside
I got the radio on
Just like the roadrunner

Goin around the highway

I walked by the Stop n shop
Then I drove by the stop n shop
I like that much better than walking by the Stop n shop
Cause I had the radio on
I felt in touch with the modern world
I felt in love with the modern world
I felt in love with ??? (Mattapan and Rosingdale)
Cause I had the radio on
I felt Like the roadrunner
With the radio on

Now I said hello to the spirit of old 1956
It was patient in the bushes next to '57
Well The highway was my only girlfriend cause I went by so quick
And suburban trees were out there
And consequently it smelled like heaven
And so I say roadrunner once
Roadrunner twice
We're in love with this feeling now and we'll be out all night

All right, now we can tell them about our love, you man

(Radio On!)
I got the AM
(Radio On!)
I've got the power, I feel the feeling now
(Radio On!)
I feel the feeling and it's feeling all right now
(Radio On!)
And I feel in touch with the modern world

Ok, let's go down route 128

Oh yeah

Can you feel it out in Needham now?
Out in route 128 by the power lines
It's so exciting there at night
With the pine trees in the dark
It's so cold here in the dark
With 50,000 watts of power
We go by faster miles an hour
With the radio on

Roadrunner Roadrunner
(Radio On!)
Goin faster miles an hour
I'm gonna drive past the stop n shop
with the radio on
See I'm in love with the modern world
Massachusetts when it's late at night
And the neon when it's cold outside
You see I have the radio on
Like the roadrunner

Now what do you think about that you guys?
(Radio On!)
Good! we got the AM
(Radio On!)
I think we got the power, got the magic now
(Radio On!)
We got the feeling of the modern world
(Radio On!)
We got the feeling of the modern sound
(Radio On!)
The sound of the modern radio feeling when it's late at night
(Radio On!)
Got the sound of the modern lonliness when it's cold outside
(Radio On!)
Got the sound of Massachusetts when it's blue and white
(Radio On!)
Got route 128 on a dark and lonely
(Radio On!)
I feel alone, and cold and lonely
(Radio On!)
I feel alone in the cold and neon
(Radio On!)
I fel alive I feel the love I feel alive I feel the rockin
(Radio On!)

(Radio On!)
Go home now, yes
(Radio On!)
Gonna go home, yes
(Radio On!)
Roadrunner go home, here we go now
(Radio On!)
We're gonna drive 'em home you guys

Here we go

That's right

Again

Bye bye!

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