Todd's first pure pop album since S/A? saw a similar conceptual flow to his previous 70's albums with each side taking on it's own identity. In this case Side 1 was dubbed 'the easy side' and side 2 as 'the hard side'. This was originally 'suggested' by Bearsville as the album tracks seamed to fall into two these categories, light hearted pop tracks and harder, more 'difficult' tracks, this ultimately changed the original ordering of the tracks for the released version. This was also a successfull album for Todd and included the classic Todd tracks 'Can we still be friends' and 'Too far gone'

All songs written by Todd Rundgren
Produced and Arranged by Todd Rundgren
All vocals and instruments by Todd Rundgren
additional Engineering: Mike Young
Photography: Daniel McCauley
Recorded at Utopia Sound

Track Listing:

  1. All the Children Sing
  2. Can We Still be freinds
  3. Hurting for You
  4. Too Far Gone
  5. Onomatopoeia
  6. Determination
  7. Bread
  8. Bag Lady
  9. You Cried Wolf
  10. Licky Guy
  11. Out of Control
  12. Fade Away


LABELCat. NoTracks/TitleFormatCoverCountry
Bearsville0324Can we still be friends/Determination7" singleNo PSUSA
Bearsville0324Can we still be friends/Out of control7" singleNo PSUSA
Bearsville0330You cried Wolf/Onomatopoeia7" singleNo PSUSA
Bearsville15519Wolfman Jack/Breathless7" singleNo PSUK
BearsvilleK15539Can we still be friends/Determination7" SingleNo PSUK
BearsvilleK15543All the children sing/Bag Lady7" SingleNo PSUK
Warner BrosWB BBDCan we Still Be Friends/Do Ya7" singleNo PSBRAZIL
Bearsville6981Hermit of Mink HollowalbumStandardUSA
BearsvilleBRKG6981Hermit of Mink HollowAlbum - Green VinylStandardCANADA
BearsvilleK55521Hermit of Mink HollowAlbumStandardUK
BearsvilleBRK6981Hermit of Mink HollowAlbumStandardGERMANY
CastleTFOLP3Hermit of Mink Hollow/RuntDouble LP Re-issuedifferentUK
CastleTFOCD3Hermit of Mink Hollow/RuntDouble CD Re-issuedifferentUK
CastleTFOTC3Hermit of Mink Hollow/RuntCas Re-issuedifferentUK
BearsvilleBRKR6981Hermit of Mink HollowAlbum Red VinylStandardCANADA


All The Children Sing

See Ms. Malone
She spends another quiet evening alone
Sits in her study and stares at the phone
And a bell in her head will ring
All the children sing
All the dancers start to sway in time
The orchestra begins to play
Somebody pours the wine
The sun and moon collide
Isn't gravity a funny thing
The universe explodes apart
All the children sing
Of Mr. Malloy
He's always seen himself as one of the boys
He thinks that men are tough and women are toys
But a bell in his head will ring
All the children sing
All the birds are chirping harmony
The scent of love is in the air
Sunset on the sea
The angel of the Lord
Just declared we aren't worth a thing
The galaxy is null and void
All the children sing
Crawled across a thousand miles of desert sand
Looking from an answer from a holy man
And this is what he told me with a wave of his hand
He said, "A bell in your head will ring"

Here's to the Chinaman, wise and old
Here's to the Eskimo, brave and cold
Here's to the Jew in the holy land
Here's to the Arab in his caravan
Here's to the African, strong and proud
Here's to the Redneck, good and loud
Here's one to you and there's one more thing
A bell in your head will ring

Can We Still Be Friends?

We can't play this game anymore
But can we still be friends
Things just can't go on like before
But can we still be friends
We had something to learn
Now it's time for the wheel to turn
Grains of sand, one by one
Before you know it, all gone

Let's admit we made a mistake
But can we still be friends
Heartbreak's never easy to take
But can we still be friends
It's a strange, sad affair
Sometimes seems like we just don't care
Don't waste time feeling hurt
We've been through hell together

Can we still get together sometime
You know life will still go on and on and on

We awoke from our dream
Things are not always what they seem
Memories linger on
It's like a sweet, sad old song

Hurting for You

I just saw the one you left behind, yesterday
I could tell that he was hurting for you
Sad, but he can't deny it
There was nothing else he could do
He was one of the many struck by it

Hurting for you
Finish before it started
It's the only thing left to do
'Cause the last of the broken-hearted
Is hurting for you

Day to day
That's how you should learn
to live your life, day to day
Put aside those dreams that keep hurting for you
Don't let the pain remind you
There is nothing else you can do
Better not ever let the day find you

I don't want to sound like what I feel
seems like pity at all
But in the great design of life
we are all so pitifully small

Too Far Gone

Why don't you write your mother
Why don't you call your family
They're expecting an answer
Spare them your strange behavior
What of your expectations
Weren't you going to show us all
Some new kind of dancer
This season's singing savior

I'm too far gone, and it's no use pretending
I could ever forget what I done
I'm already too far gone,
I got no bridges left to burn
It's better to keep moving on
It's such a long way down, too far to fall
Too much trouble to turn back around

Think of your friends and neighbors
Suffering through your lamest years
You must owe them something
Come now, you must remember
Haven't you finished playing
Get down to business soon
Because your lean years are coming
June now, but come December


Onomatopoeia every time I see ya
My senses tell me hubba
And I just can't disagree
I get a feeling in my heart that I can't describe
It's sort of lub, dub, lub, dub
A sound in my head that I can't describe
It's sort of zoom, zip, hiccup, drip
Ding, dong, crunch, crack, bark, meow, whinnie, quack

Onomatopoeia in proximity ya
Rearrange my brain in a strange cacophony
I get a feeling somewhere that I can't describe
It's sort of uh, uh, uh, uh
A sound in my head that I can't describe
It's sort of whack, whir, wheeze, whine
Sputter, splat, squirt, scrape
Clink, clank, clunk, clatter
Crash, bang, beep, buzz
Ring, rip, roar, retch
Twang, toot, tinkle, thud
Pop, plop, plunk, pow
Snort, snuk, sniff, smack
Screech, splash, squish, squeek
Jingle, rattle, squeel, boing
Honk, hoot, hack, belch


Girl the last time I saw you, you were crying my name
When I put you on the spot,
will you still feel the same

Show me some determination
Show me the measure of your dedication
I need to see just a reflection of your inspiration
Don't you break down on me

I'm looking for someone,
someone strong enough to believe in
Everybody's looking for someone
strong enough to stand on his feet
And never break down

I'll put my life on the line and believe what you say
I'll go out on a limb if you meet me halfway

I'm looking for someone
to show me what they mean by devotion
Everybody's looking for someone
prepared to put aside his emotion
And never break down

You're a new wave raver and you like to talk tough
But can you still cut the mustard
when the going gets rough
I need a demonstration of your determination
Give me an indication of your determination

Three days in the rain and I ain't had no sleep
But I won't break down now, I got a promise to keep
Showing my determination
'Cause that's the way I am


Sleeping at night in a plaster board box
Scratching the earth with the nails on my fingers
And the ground pukes up rocks and rocks and more rocks
And when the seeds finally reach the ground
It's all been for nothing

I hear the cries of children at night
I watch their faces grow sallow with hunger
Who draws the line between what's wrong and right
And when I ask my life is for
It's all been for nothing

Save your regrets for the dead, but for the living
Give them love and give them bread
One more hungry mouth to be fed
Remember the living
Give them love, give them bread

Standing in the light of the kitchen screen door
Like some kind of untouchable stuck in Calcutta
I almost forget what I'm standing here for
And I don't know what to do but I know
I won't leave with nothing

Where are the days when life was carefree
Why must I suffer this, what was my crime
Begging or thievery, which shall it be
Is there no other choice for me
I can't live with nothing

Justice only comes to the dead
And when they ask me what life is for
I must give them something

You Cried Wolf

You cried wolf once too often
You cried wolf, you made me run
You cried wolf, I caught you bluffing
You'll cry wolf but I'll be gone

If you need someone to love
You only had to ask
Instead you pulled a false alarm
Baby, just for a laugh
You can have your little joke
But when they see what you done
You will holler for assistance and nobody will come

You can threaten me forever
With the same old song
But you can toy with my emotions
Baby, only so long
Because the very next time
I see you talk through your hat
You will get no more attention, I can promise you that

Lucky Guy

Some people don't seem real at all
Unafraid of any mountain
Sure that the gods won't let him fall
Should he fall, he will always get up again

If he's hurt, he never shows it
If he's wrong, nobody knows it
Seems like he never has to try
He just must be a lucky guy

And when there's pain, he never minds it
When it's lost, he always finds it
Nobody really knows just why
He just must be a lucky guy
I wish I was that lucky guy

Bag Lady

Like a fly batters itself against a window
Time and again and again it senselessly blunders
Up and down the length of West Broadway
the bag lady wanders

Fifty cents rent goes pretty far
when you live in a subway car
One stop's the same as another
Even Son of Sam sees her sleeping,
she's not worth the bother
Sorrow, do they ever want to cry

Do they see us pass by
Where do they come from (simple answers)
Do they come falling,
falling from the sky like rain
Crawling up the basement drain
Misfits and black sheep
Former brothers, friends of mothers

There is no yesterday, there is no tomorrow
There is only now and that hardly matters
No one cares about sad old ladies
with bags full of tatters

One day it gets a bit too cold
Maybe a little too wet, maybe a little too lonely
Lifelessly she lies amidst her bag world
But maybe she's only sleeping

Out of Control

Hot damn Never dreamed a man could know such speed
Never had a chance to fill my need
It's just what I always wanted
To be the last of a dying breed
Said I thought I had my number down
I'd seen every scene to hit this town
Looks like no one wants to tell you
When something like this comes around

There they go, everyone's going
Everyone's gone this time
There they go, everyone's going
Don't you get left behind
Looks like it's gonna explode
Looks like it's gonna explode
Looks like it's gonna go totally out of control

Look out
I ain't never seen such chaos before
I ain't got no point of reference no more
And when I get my trip together
I'll be making a rush for the door
Doesn't anybody here know the rules
Hasn't anybody gotten through school
And the more I hear the answers
The more that I feel like a fool

Here I go, everyone's going
Everyone's gone this time
Here I go, everyone's going
Don't you get left behind
I think I'm gonna explode
I think I'm gonna explode
I think I'm gonna go totally out of control

Fade Away

The day is done, the blinds are drawn
The sound of afternoon is gone
The corner store has locked its door
And everyone has left for home
When their sleepy little heads
settle snug inside their beds
You and I will stay and watch the sun fade away

The balladeer, the buccaneer
The liar, the man who would be king
The cavalier, the profiteer
The one who knows only suffering
As the cannons gather rust,
all their castles turn to dust
You and I will stay and see them fade away

We are on an endless flight my friend
With no beginning and no end
I've forgotten more than I remember
Sometimes I want to hide myself away
But I know there's no escape
We must go on, go on forever
The sea will rise, mountains fall
The earth will turn itself upside down
But we have seen it all before,
we will always be around
In a hundred million years
when the planet disappears
You and I will stay
and watch the world fade away
And in a million trillion years
when the stars all disappear
You and I will stay
and watch it all fade away

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