Roadrunner

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The Modern Lovers - Cover (front)
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Originally a song written by Jonathan Richman in 1970 and released with his band The Modern Lovers on their album of the same name in 1976.

The according 1977 Netherlands single of the track has Pablo Picasso on the b-side, a song covered by David Bowie on his album Reality in 2003.

Jonathan Richman's Roadrunner is derived directly from the Velvet Underground track Sister Ray.

Another point of reference for the track title "Roadrunner" might or might not be the well known cartoons and comedy short film character The Roadrunner.

The Sisters of Mercy performed a version of Roadrunner as a medley with excerpts from Sister Ray, Walkin' The Dog and Louie Louie at M'era Luna Festival, Hildesheim, Germany, in 2016.


Lyrics

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The Sisters of Mercy @M'era Luna Festival 2016, 13.08.2016 peforming a medley of Roadrunner with Sister Ray, Walkin' The Dog and Louie Louie

Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop & Shop
With the radio on

I'm in love with Massachusetts
And the neon when it's cold outside
And the highway when it's late at night
Got the radio on
I'm like the roadrunner

All right
I'm in love with modern moonlight
128 when it's dark outside
I'm in love with Massachusetts
I'm in love with the radio on

It helps me from being alone late at night
It helps me from being lonely late at night
I don't feel so bad now in the car
Don't feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner, that's right


The Modern Lovers- Roadrunner - original album version

Said welcome to the spirit of 1956
Patient in the bushes next to '57
The highway is your girlfriend as you go by quick
Suburban trees, suburban speed
And it smells like heaven

I say roadrunner once
Roadrunner twice
I'm in love with rock 'n' roll
And I'll be out all night
Roadrunner, that's right

Ah, ooh
Ahh
Well, now

Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive to the Stop & Shop
With the radio on at night

And me in love with modern moonlight
Me in love with modern rock 'n' roll
Modern girls and modern rock 'n' roll
Don't feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner

Okay, now you sing, Modern Lovers
(Radio on)
I got the AM (Radio on)
Got the car, got the AM (Radio on)
Got the AM sound, got the (Radio on)
Got the rockin' modern neon sound (Radio on)
I got the car from Massachusetts, got the (Radio on)
I got the power of Massachusetts when it's late at night (Radio on)
I got the modern sounds of modern Massachusetts (Radio on)
I got the, I got the world, I've got the turnpike, got the (Radio on)
I got the, I got the power of the AM, got the (Radio on)
Late at night, lit up white, rock 'n' roll late at night (Radio on)
I've got the factories and neon signs, I got the (Radio on)
Power of modern sounds (Radio on)
All right (Radio on)

Right
Bye-bye



Words & Music: Jonathan Richman
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