"Roadrunner" as written by Jonathan Richman...
Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' 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

Alright
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

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(thunder)
And I say roadrunner once
Roadrunner twice
I'm in love with rock & roll and I'll be out all night
Roadrunner
That's right

Well now
Roadrunner, roadrunner
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive to the Stop 'n' Shop
With the radio on at night
And me in love with modern moonlight
Me in love with modern rock & roll
Modern girls and modern rock & roll
Don't feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner
O.K., 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
I've got the world, got the turnpike, got the
I've got the, got the power of the AM
Got the, late at night, (?), rock & roll late at night
The factories and the auto signs got the power of modern sounds
Alright

Right, bye bye!


Lyrics submitted by bokononist, edited by mu

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  • +1
    General Commentit sounds like a hi-fi, happy version of sister ray
    sam_forston May 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song.
    Eatcarpeton April 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's exactly what i thought when i first heard it! but this song is f#%$n' tops. maybe not as good as sister ray on the whole but its way better value.
    scatter_brainon June 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about being on the road!loving every minute of it just you, your car,and the radio. old skooooool happiness
    callmedrloveon July 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe line "128 when it's dark outside" is a reference to route 128 in Massachusetts that follows along the North Shore ending in Gloucester MA.
    simoeson June 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionGrrr.
    a) It's not that hard for the submitter to look up how to spell "Massachusetts".
    b) Jonathan Richman wrote this song not Edward Hollard.
    elwyn5150on February 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentJonathan has said this song is about feeling lonely and isolated even though you're immersed in civilization. He refuses to play it "for love nor money" nowadays. He played it once for Joey Ramone at his birthday party in the 90s. I think it's also s love letter to Massachusetts.
    Camboton October 15, 2013   Link

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