Rundgren, Todd - Property Lyrics




I'll be your fantasy, but I won't be your property
Love you eternally, but I'll never be your property
Love from me's not guaranteed
Just because you think I'm property

I can love you totally and still not be your property
Every girl and boy wants to grow up to be loved someday
And you can't wait to give your heart away
But it's like worship in their eyes walking down the aisle

When you slip on that ring, they start to treat you like a thing, yeah
I call it slavery when you call someone your property
Don't waste your vanity, I will never be your property
Something wonderful happens when people fall in love

Your happiness is all they're thinking of
But it's like "anything you say" 'til the wedding day
When they get it in ink, they start to tell you what to think, yeah
Darkest day in history when someone invented property

'Cause of our misery is the constant lust for property
Since god began it, we've been dividing up the planet
When you see something you want it
You've got to put your name tag on it

And we go on carving, meanwhile half the world is starving
It's a crime [?] hands off what is mine!
Take all you can 'til you slam on the parking brake
And you need space to make your own mistakes

But it's like "I won't hold you back" 'til the bags are packed
Then they're struttin' about like they own you inside out
I call it slavery (you can't make me a slave),
When you call someone your property

Don't waste your vanity (don't be so vain),
I will never be your property
Darkest day in history (why did you have to do a thing like that)
When someone invented property

'Cause of our misery (misery, misery)
Is the constant lust for property





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Rundgren, Todd Property Comments
  1. LoudValves

    as always, Todd was so far ahead of the tech curve it is spooky ....

  2. broot apple

    We can wait to give our hearts away todd

  3. InCápsula

    It's like he predicted vaporwave!!!!!!!

  4. Darren Bethell

    Another classic

  5. cemegonuts

    sounds like basis of the republican platform... hahaha :D

  6. Repsychler 808

    Wore this out when first released. My first look at the video. Where have I been? Hiding.

  7. Till Krueger

    Actually, this one was modeled and animated by the late Eric Myers and me, and rendered on a stack of 20 Amigas that Eric wrote a networking stack for (a serial protocol based sneaker net)...Todd, Eric and Danny O´Connor shot the video for the screens all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Eric and I would each take a scene, come up with some crazy ideas, then hand off the Lightwave scene to the other and he or I would take over from the last frame of the scene that was handed over, until we had them all nailed...it was an epic process, supported by the great Alan Hastings (Lightwave), Stuart Furgosen (Modeler), Tim Jenison and his team at NewTek (Video Toaster)...Alan and Stuart added new features to the software on a daily basis, based on our needs and ideas. This is how we did Property, Fascist Christ, and the epic Theology videos. Todd animated Change Myself and asked me to help him with some of the models, which is how we started working together at the time (and continued to do so for almost 25 years). I guess one could say we made CG history, even though most "kids" today wouldn`t know what CG was like before Macs and high-powered Windows machines came along. When I look at software like Cinema 4D today, I have to smile about how far accessibility to such powerful features has come.

    Don MacGillivray

    Thanks so much Till for taking the time to describe the process. Still amazed whenever I watch those videos on the desktop collection release. All of these works stands the test of time. Pioneers you are ......

    Rick Bartz

    Thanks Till, you guys were WAY ahead of the curve. The hours devoted to rendering all that video are inconceivable by today's standards, and the artistic and "message" content has rarely been equaled. Todd's new autobiography gives some insight into your process. You are featured in quite a few chapters!

    Justin S Barrett

    Going through some old VHS tapes to prepare for a move, and found Todd's "The Desktop Collection" video, which has Change Myself, Property, Fascist Christ, and a bunch more. Had to pop on YouTube to watch them again (don't have a working VHS machine), and was pleasantly surprised to find your comments. Thanks for sharing more about how it all came together!

  8. MidWest Concert Video

    One of the astounding things is that Todd animated this video. Using an Amiga and Lightwave on a Video Toaster.

  9. Tropia

    I'll be your fantasy
    But I won't be your property
    Love you eternally
    But I'll never be your property

    Love from me's not guaranteed
    Just because you think I'm property
    I can love you totally
    And still not be your property

    Every girl and boy wants to grow up to be loved someday
    You can't wait to give your heart away
    But it's like worship in their eyes, walking down the aisle
    When you slip on that ring, they start to treat you like a thing, yeah

    I call it slavery
    When you call someone your property
    Don't waste your vanity
    I will never be your property

    Something wonderful happens when people fall in love
    Your happiness is all they're thinking of
    But it's like, anything you say 'til the wedding day
    When they get it in ink, they start to tell you what to think, yeah

    Darkest day in history
    When someone invented property
    Cause of our misery
    Is the constant lust for property

    Since God began it
    We've been dividing up the planet
    When you see something you want it
    You've gotta put your name tag on it

    And we go on carving
    Meanwhile half the world is starving
    It's a crime
    Hands off what is mine

    Take all you can 'til you slam on the parking brake
    And you need space to make your own mistakes
    But it's like I won't hold you back 'til the bags are packed
    Then they're struttin' about like they own you inside out

    I'll be your fantasy
    But I won't be your property
    Love you eternally
    But I'll never be your property

    Love from me's not guaranteed
    Just because you think I'm property
    I can love you totally
    And still not be your property

    I call it slavery
    When you call someone your property
    Don't waste your vanity
    I will never be your property

    Darkest day in history
    When someone invented property
    'Cause of our misery
    Is the constant lust for property

    andrew gillis

    too smart to be a hit - same with the structure containing 2 counter-melody middle 8 thingies - IMo Todd was entering a golden age, Arena LP much later has some dandies -the Amsterdam Metropole/Paradiso show from 2012 is awe-inspiring

  10. Just Jeanne

    I love Todd... he sings the things in my soul...

  11. Helios Marzal

    Visually speaking, the best ever TR vidéo. And excellent song, of course.

  12. Marla Singer

    1991? He toured w No World Order in '94... I saw him in Hollywood that spring.

  13. danblo0809

    1993. 1991 was Change Myself.

  14. DizziNY1

    I am for the sovereignty of countries but when a country tries to claim another's land as their own, no, not with that

    MrFrank Epps Epps

    The seed of war.

  15. Lee MacDonald

    awesome song this is mike though not lee go todd go,,,,,,,

  16. manysons

    Would love to see the lyrics.

  17. BungalowMo

    This is one of my favorite CD's of his....Totally dig it.

  18. Rachet88

    Well darn. They edited out most of the guitar solo! What's up with that?

  19. ledboots2009

    Great tune but they cut out most of this killer lead guitar break.

    rednoise0

    I guess this would be the "hit single version", if the song had been released as a single.

  20. Maria Peterson

    Todd is amazing!

  21. pingumanbr

    awesome. I did not realize of this video xeistance.

  22. Suzie Q

    love this song! thx for posting - I forgot about this vid!