“Love is the Answer”

As I was looking at some photos from a Ringo Starr concert some friends recently attended. I noticed iconic singer/songwriter and producer Todd Rundgren on stage in one of the photos. I’ve been a fan since my college days. Met him once. He was buds with Dennis, my upstairs neighbor during sophomore year. We share the same birthday and grew up in the same city. But despite these random and tenuous connections, the same thing that connects him to me connects him to you, you and me to each other, and to everyone else on this orb. We are all human beings. Our human connection may seem random and tenuous, but it is anything but. We all have the capacity for love. Without love, we are without a home. Without love, we cannot be heard. Without love, we are prisoners of our basest emotions.

“Hello, It’s Me,” I Saw the Light,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” I admire Mr. Rundgren’s work so much. But this is the one that seems most relevant now.

“Love is the Answer” by Todd Rundgren

Name your price a ticket to paradise
I can’t stay here any more and I’ve looked high and low
I’ve been from shore, to shore, to shore
If there’s a short cut I’d have found it but there is no easy way around it
Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer, shine on us all
Set us free, love is the answer
Who knows why someday we all must die
We’re all homeless boys and girls and we are never heard
It’s such a lonely, lonely, lonely world
People turn their heads and walk on by
Tell me is it worth just another try
Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer, shine on us all
Set us free, love is the answer
Tell me, are we alive
Or just a dying planet
(What are the chances)
Ask the man in your heart
For the answer
And when you feel afraid
Love one one another
When you’ve lost your way, love one another
When you’re all alone, love one another
When you’re far from home, love one another
When you’re down and out, love one another
All your hopes run out, love one another
When you need a friend, love one another
When you’re near the end, love one another
We got to love one another

Light of the world, you got to shine
Love will be a means, yeah, yeah
Shine on us all
Know that love can save the day
Just give it one more chance
Lord you just cant let it stop lord
Love is the answer
Got to be free to let love into your life
Let it shine

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