Love Of The Common Man

Songfacts®:

  • This song has a simple but profound message: everyone needs the love of the common man. It's more a message of understanding than a working-man anthem. If you open your eyes to those around you and expand your social circles, good things will come.

    Rundgren has always distanced himself from his celebrity, which has kept him in contact with the proletariat. It's something his fans have always appreciated, as he sees himself on their level.
  • On Rundgren's Faithful album, side one contains covers of songs that were popular when he started making music in the '60s: "Good Vibrations" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" among them. The second side is all original songs inspired musically by this time, including "Love Of The Common Man."

    "That song just came to me," Rundgren told Songfacts. "I'd been doing a lot of prog rock and concept records with Utopia, and even my own records weren't very singles-oriented. And since I was doing a record that essentially attributed songs that would have been on the radio, i.e. songs that were singles, I wanted to write a series of songs that were more or less single form or that could have been on the radio. My first real attempt at that was 'Love Of The Common Man.' Trying to do something that was not too complicated but still had all the earmarks of my style of songwriting."

    Utopia is the band Rundgren formed in 1974 that was often even more experimental than his solo efforts.
  • This was never released as a single, but it's one of the songs Rundgren plays at nearly every concert, enjoying the same setlist standing as his hits "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw The Light"
  • Rundgren has never been encumbered by the rules of songwriting. This song is an example of how he creates his own structure. "'Love Of The Common Man' has an unusual form in that the verses are not the usual number of bars," he explained to Songfacts. "It's broken up by this refrain that sounds like it's the chorus, but it doesn't actually become the chorus until somewhere later in the song."

Comments: 1

  • Bill Schichner from LodiThis is my first or second favorite TR song, it has all the best earmarks of a Todd song, I really don't know why it's so great, it just always moves me and it's just so classy. It is played at every Todd Rundgren show, it's just a song no Todd fan could ever live without.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Queen

QueenFact or Fiction

Scaramouch, a hoople and a superhero soundtrack - see if you can spot the real Queen stories.

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal Tap

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapSong Writing

Based on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.

Rock Stars of Horror

Rock Stars of HorrorMusic Quiz

Rock Stars - especially those in the metal realm - are often enlisted for horror movies. See if you know can match the rocker to the role.

David Paich of Toto

David Paich of TotoSongwriter Interviews

Toto's keyboard player explains the true meaning of "Africa" and talks about working on the Thriller album.

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"They're Playing My Song

Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.

Gilby Clarke

Gilby ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.