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Hello It's Me by Todd Rundgren

Album: Something/Anything?Released: 1972Charted:
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  • Hello, it's me
    I've thought about us for a long, long time
    Maybe I think too much but something's wrong
    There's something here that doesn't last too long
    Maybe I shouldn't think of you as mine

    Seeing you, or seeing anything as much as I do you
    I take for granted that you're always there
    I take for granted that you just don't care
    Sometimes I can't help seeing all the way through

    It's important to me
    That you know you are free
    'Cause I never want to make you change for me

    Think of me
    You know that I'd be with you if I could
    I'll come around to see you once in a while
    Or if I ever need a reason to smile
    And spend the night if you think I should

    It's important to me
    That you know you are free
    'Cause I never want to make you change for me

    Think of me
    You know that I'd be with you if I could
    I'll come around to see you once in a while
    Or if I ever need a reason to smile
    And spend the night if you think I shouldWriter/s: TODD RUNDGREN, TODD HARRY RUNDGREN
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 53

This song also packed a nostalgia punch for me, even though I never really paid attention to the lyrics until just recently. It was a song I heard a lot as a child in the 1970s (I was 5 in 1974) that I am just investigating now. I keep wondering, "Is it important to *her* that she knows she is free?"
Just listened to the Isley Brothers version - it gave me chills. Thanks to whoever mentioned that.
Clemence - New York
typo on my last post - Dreams existed from 1969-1972. Their first recording was simply self-tilted, and the second was called "Imagine My Surprise. The band was notable for being equally loved by jazz fans and rock fans; for the presence of the incredible drummer Billy Cobham; and for the debut (for the second album) of Will Lee at age 19, who became one of New York's top studio musicians and later played bass with the David Letterman Show for its entire run!Chris Rogers - Newyork City
THERE is a great reason (actually 3) why the horns sound so good! I would like to confirm that my father, the late Barry Rogers did play the trombone solo on Hello It's Me. The horn section of Barry, Michael & Randy Brecker - was the horns section for the groundbreaking jazz/rock DREAMS band, which recorded 2 albums for Columbia and existed from 1989-1972. They also recorded and worked together as a horn section for many others including James Taylor and Elton John. What is notable, is that the three of them 'jammed up' the horn arrange,int, or at least the riff at the end, which they were adept at. The flugelhorn solo is played by Randy Brecker, and he specifically told me that they jammed up the parts. The radio 'single" faces out but the album version also features the horns stretching out a little bit. Anyone not familiar with these three - they are among the all-time greats. Barry Rogers (deceased in 1991) is still considered by almost everyone own the music field as being the greatest trombone soloist in history of New York Salsa, and as such is internationally famous. Randy Brecker to this day continues to be among the all-time greatest jazz trumpeters ever, and a winner of multiple Grammys. He is also one of the founding fathers of the fusion genre, with the BRECKER BROTHERS BAND. Michael Brecker (deceased in 2007) went on to become the 'most influential tenor saxophonist since John Coltrane", a winner of at least 15 Grammy awards, and was also notable for his great solos on pop recordings with James Taylor, Paul Simon, and just about everyone you can think of!Chris Rogers - Newyork City
Jennifer - Los Angeles, Ca - It evokes a eerie, stale sense of loneliness- at least for me"
that's what makes me like it, as if it's a distant lonely memory from childhood.

Marlene - Montreal, Qc - I can never hear this song without being transported back to my backyard, hearing it on the transistor radio, drinking coke, and the smell of coconut suntan oil."
omg yes! I picture hot summer outside as a child. you know, i think it's the reverb that gives a dreamlike atmosphere.
Cogs - Texas
On December 7th, 1973, Todd Rundgren performed "Hello It's Me" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
Two months earlier on October 6th, 1973 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on December 16th, 1973 it peaked at #5 (for 1 week) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #17 in Canada and on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Track chart...
Mr. Rundgren will celebrate his 66th birthday come next June 22nd, 2014.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Great song, excellent arrangement. Was especially good to listen to after a breakup, along with cocktail of choice.Dt - Gulf Breeze, Fl
FYI, Stevie Nicks didn't sing back up on the studio version, she was on the live version from "Back To The Bars", along with Hall and Oates, et al.Bill - Lodi, Ca
So awesome..........Keith - Philadelphia, Pa
Backing vocals by Stevie Nicks, which she did for so many great fellow artists. I read somewhere, "She was/is not a prima donna, but a bella donna." Anyway, I never tire of this great song. Rundgren's a genus.Eb - Fl Keys, Fl
"Hello It's Me" was one of the first songs Todd wrote in his life, imagine, your first song is your most famous and popular 45 years later.Bill - Lodi, Ca
I can never hear this song without being transported back to my backyard, hearing it on the transistor radio, drinking coke, and the smell of coconut suntan oil.Marlene - Montreal, Qc
First of all, as some have pointed out...Todd did NOT record all the tracks on this tune, nor any of the 4th side of this album. The drummer was not John Siomos on this track, but rather Billy Mundi. Great drumming, by the way!Mike - Bakersfield, Ca
There was a guy I was in the Navy with,that went to high school with Todd,& he said that he,Todd,used to walk around school with a cape,tophat long tail's,& a cane. Is it true? I don't know. It sounded right. We were in the service in "77". So it would have been just prior to that,or a few year's hence.Michael1757 - Campbell, Oh
He played every instrument on the whole album,Something/Anything. Hey,throw money.TeeheeMichael1757 - Campbell, Oh
Nazz's version peaked at No. 66; Todd Rundgren also led a group called Upotia, in 1980 they released a record titled "Set Me Free", it peaked at No. 27!!!Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
It is ALSO in Sophia Coppola's "Virgin Suicides", when the characters are at the prom. Everyone is smiling, the cool guy walks into the gym, moving in slow motion as this song comes on. ;-)Captain - Los Angeles, Ca
Hello it's me...I've thought about us for a long long time. Probably one of the best lyrics ever written. We have all felt that way before. This song reminds me of a very special guy (my very own Eric Forman) And yes this song does play in the very episode of That 70's Show. Such an awesome show.Nicole - Plymouth, Ma
I love this song. It invokes many emotions in me and if you listen to it, it could have several messsages in it and it is pretty deep. On the other hand, after reading what the origins are, I am not sure if it is so deep. I think it is what he would have intended to say if the other woman had actually given him a chance. Anyway, I like how it says ,"It's important to me/That you know you are free/Cause I'd never want to make you change for me." I LOVE this song. Being a poet, I like songs that have a deeper lyrical depth and I think this one is pretty deep.Rebekah - Seattle, Wa
The first song to chart in the Billboard Top 100 by a band (Nazz) and chart again later as a cover by a member of the original band. Knowing this won me a prize in a radio station's trivia contest!Doug - Auburn, Ga
This song is covered by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles on "Under the covers vol.2" Thy do a really nice job on this and 15 other pop tunes.Randy - Raleigh, Nc
I loved the song when it was released. I was 15 then. Now the song means something different to me. Something current in my life could be scored with this song.Beryl - New York, Ny
I know some of the answers to the comments posted. Barry Rogers did play trombone on this song, and the guitarist was Robbie Kogale from Great Neck, LI. This song, along with "Dust in the Wind" and "You Left Me Sore," were recorded live in the studio on a Sunday late November, 1971. The musicians were contracted by organist, Moogy Klingman, who also wrote the horn charts.

Also of interest is that at least four of the twelve players are no longer with us. They include drummer John Siomos, trombonist Barry Rogers, horn player Mike Brecker and background singer Vicki Sue Robinson.
Mitch - New York City, Ny
Song reminds me of the show That 70's ShowZane - Kenosha, Wi
This song sends me back to countless good memories of yesteryear. Loved the song then, still love it now.Debbie - Canton, Oh
One of my favorite songs from the early 70's. Have not seen the Tums ad and hope I never do. Not sure who the musician is but I've always admired the bass playing on this track.Dave - Calgary, Ab
This song is a favorite of mine.But I think that it's wrong to be used in a tums ad.It takes out the true meaning from it.Budd - Rutland, Vt
great and gentle song, and now it sells tums antacid tablets. embarassing Ca-ching Yikes!Rob - Berkeley, Ca
My partner's brother allegedly played guitar on the second version of this song when he was a kid (20). He said the horns were playing outside the studio at the doorway. I have no way of proving this, only his word, but he said Todd was bloody brilliant, and swears the VC guitar sitting here in the room was part payment for his session work. Too bad they never include the chatter on the radio. I always get a tickle out of that.J - Sticks, Ny
Always loved this song...but never knew much about Todd Rundgren til now. Great song...Great memories!Monica - Biloxi, Ms
Simply my favorite song of all time - I never tire of it. There is no romantic association for me. I just love the sound and the emotion that it evokes.Myra - North Brookfield, Ma
great artist, great lyrics, since he often played most of the instruments in the recording studio, when it came to concerts he once had part of the show's background music on tape which upset some of the fans. I just heard this song in a TUMS commercial on TV.Roman - Barrie, On
Rediscovered this song....so great. It was certainly a different time.Anonymous
The word is Todd did not write this song. He paid another writer for the lyrics.Time Traveler - Phila, Pa
One of the best produced songs ever.Vince - Balston Spa, Ny
A very nice and easy to listen to song. Hits a lot of areas and means a lot to many people. Smooth.Abel - Beavercreek, Oh
"This song shows up on side 4 of the Something/Anything album, a side that has lots of "spontaneous" studio chatter between all the songs (though I use scare quotes because it sounds like very contrived spontaneity to my ears). Thus, this song starts and ends with such chatter, though you never hear that on the radio, presumably because it was edited off the single? Or do the radio stations edit it off?"

This is what I was talking about.
Brian - Paris, Tx
Some do, some don't.^^^^^^Brian - Paris, Tx
Todd also re-did this Bossa Nova style on 1997's "With A Twist" http://trconnection.com/lyrics/Title.44
...'tis a GREAT version.
He's also 'lounged'it up a bit on many tours since 1989
Weavil - Wisconsin Rapids, Wi
One of the two or three songs that I would give five stars.Johnny - Chicago, Il
The first 3 sides of the Something/Anything? album were entirely peformed by Todd. This song comes from Side 4 which features Todd playing with studio musicians like Mark "Moogy" Klingman (organ), John Siomos (drums), Stu Woods (bass), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Mike Brecker (sax), Barry Rogers (trombone), Robbie Kogale (guitar) and back up singers. Todd plays piano and sings lead. I believe that the 4th side was recorded "live" in the studio -- meaning, no overdubs.Don - State College, Pa
This song was first an east coast(Philly) hit by Todd's first band Nazz. Over 3 albums he only sang one lead(you are my window). The original is slow, lush vocal arranging, and Todd plays the vibes. If he sounds whiney, well he was probably 17 when he wrote the song. That's the brecker brothers (sax&trumpet) on the live version.I accept that he's strident, and difficult for many to love. Still, if you listen to his entire discography, listen, it's dazzling. He can be called an "artist" a term too often strewn about randomly. I must admit i've always thought "hello it's me" is a weird thing to say on the phone, and i never have.Bryant Urban - Seattle/born Trenton,n.j., Wa
This is one of very few pop songs to feature a trombone solo. I have heard (but cannot verify) that the player was Barry Rogers, a NYC session player who is probably better known to salsa fans, having recorded & performed for many years with Eddie Palmieri and other salsa greats.Dave - St Paul, Mn
Some real good Saxophone is being played throughout this tune. It adds to the emotion of song in a fascinating way!Michael - San Diego, Ca
One of my all time favorite songs.....pure genius. TR's son is a shortstop in the Florida Marlin's minor league organization.Brent - Miami, Fl
Beautiful song, that I just discovered not too long ago - now I can't get it out of my head!Michael - San Diego, Ca
Never much cared for this one- it evokes a errie, stale sense of lonliness- at least for me. A bit on the whiny side too. I wouldn't mind a spoof re-release of this song where it ended abruptly with a phone hanging up after the opening "hello, it's me"Jennifer - Los Angeles, Ca
Todd had his biggest hit with this one and to this day it holds up rather well. It's lyrical depth is beyond most romantic rock songs in that the person singing this to the girl is kind of in a state of denial about his place in the relationship. He tells her how much he's thinking of her, then concludes, "Maybe I shouldn't think of you as mine," like he just realized it while he was singing it. In the 2nd verse he start to tell her more of his true feelings but then realizes, "Sometimes I can't help seeing all the way through." The truth is that she's dumped him and probably moved on with her life, but he's just not quite ready to admit it. Pretty deep stuff for a pop song and to my ears one of Todd's classics.Jac - Goshen, Ky
If you liksten closely to the studio chatter (I mean REALLY closely) you can hear someone in the background say "If anyone f*cks up..."Ryan - Willits, Ca
This song probably uses more chords than any other pop hit.Garrett - Nashville, Tn
Rerecorded by The Isley Brothers, which became a big hit for them on R&B charts. One of my favorites by this group

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Brooklyn, NY
Pamela - Brooklyn, Ny
Todd Rundgren performed vocals, background vocals, and all the instrumental tracks on "Hello It's Me".Tim - Charlotte, Nc
Many childhood memories are refreshed when I hear this song ... notably , skating at the local arena on a Friday evening with my steady (Cheryl)1974

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Barry - Gagetown Nb Canada
This song shows up on side 4 of the Something/Anything album, a side that has lots of "spontaneous" studio chatter between all the songs (though I use scare quotes because it sounds like very contrived spontaneity to my ears). Thus, this song starts and ends with such chatter, though you never hear that on the radio, presumably because it was edited off the single? Or do the radio stations edit it off?Fyodor - Denver, Co
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