Most Requested 1989​-​2000

by Todd Burge

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    Digital Download only. These are songs that I continue to get requests for and still enjoy playing. All except for the "bonus" Mountain Stage set (three songs at the end) are tunes that I wrote before 2000. They've changed form a bit through the years, so I thought I'd sit down one day and re-record them as I remember them. It was fun. I hope you enjoy and thanks so much for your support through the years. It has meant the world to me and now, it means the same for my growing family! Sincerely, Todd (11-3-2007)

    A very special thanks to Larry Groce and the Mountain Stage folks.

    The Good Dog, Hip about Time and My Roots Recorded November, 19 2006 and used by permission of Mountain Stage. Produced by Andy Ridenour and Larry Groce. Engineered by Francis Fisher. Mountain Stage is a production of WV Public Broadcasting.

    Michael Lipton-Guitar
    Billy Matheny-Banjo and Mandolin
    Julie Adams - Backing Vocals
    Laurel Dennie - Backing Vocals
    Ammed Soloman - Drums
    Steve Hill - Bass

    Cover Art by Tory Gallery
    Photography by John Bright (cover)
    Perry Kirk and Marcia Toman - additional

    Recorded at Bunj Jam Studios, Parkersburg WV
    Oct 2007

    All Songs by Todd Burge
    (C)1989-2006 Bunj Jam - BMI
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released November 3, 2007



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Todd Burge Parkersburg

WV Troubadour, Played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, but is mainly known for the sharp wit, soaring vocal & guitar prowess found in many of his songs while performing his hybrid brand of Contemporary Americana-Folk. He has performed venues as diverse as NPR's Mountain Stage, CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. He is about to perform near you. ... more

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Track Name: My Apartment
My Apartment
© & (p) 1990 Bunj Jam Music-BMI

My apartment has an old couch
My apartment has a chair
My apartment has an old coat
Hangin' on a coat hanger over there
There's a mailbox that I open
It gets deeper and darker everyday
I think I'll have this place rented out
I'll hide inside
Then somebody else can come and stay

They'll pay the rent
And stay with me
In their apartment

My apartment has this TV tray
Starin' at me the same old way
It' hold my paper plates the same old way
While I watch these morons play
Wheel of fortune everyday
What an unfortunate game

[chorus & suck and blow]

My apartment has this thing I turn on
And it play old Larry King
I hear him say some similar things
About some not so similar things
Some fat guys pushing a book
And he's telling me how to cook
Or some good looking guy I can't even see
Is telling me how to buy his look

Come stay with me
And pay the rent
In your apartment
Track Name: Whole Lotta Choice (Lost in Cleveland)
Whole Lotta Choice (Lost In Cleveland)
C & p 1997 Bunj Jam-BMI

Three strikes and you’re out
Two strikes and you’re a little bit down
One strike might send a king off to play golf
That same strike might send a pauper
A much lessor offer

But what if one strike went right to your pretty daughter’s face?
She’d have to hide that mark when she wanted to go anyplace
Way back when things were a bit more fair
The only care in her world
Was the perfect curl in her hair
And how the boys would stare

Must have had a friend
Must have had all kinds of friends
Once had a voice
And a whole lotta choice

Now I was leaving a show one night in Cleveland Ohio
My right hand was fishing around my car’s interior for a map
And the next thing you know
Instead of going down 90 South
I was destined to go up and get a drink
Out of a lake at the upper end of the state

Now I could’ve been driving just about anyplace
There was paint rotting off the houses and holes in the streets
There were beer cans along the curb
And about every other block I could see
The bright green
Squeaky clean sign that read “BP”
Like a light watching over me

So I drove up to get directions and a big bag of potato chips
But the door was locked and the speaker was broken
So we had to read each other’s lips
And man I thought I’d thanked that lady kindly
But just about then she flipped me the bird
And when I looked down in that sliding metal box
I saw a small container of paper clips
She didn’t see a single word

Must have had a friend
Must have had all kinds of friends
Once had a voice
And a whole lotta choice

Now I don’t know about the land of the free
But I can see the home of the brave
It’s behind bullet proof plastic
At a BP Station in Cleveland
So I got in my car with no more sense of direction
Than when I arrived at that service-less station

It was just about then that I met my escort
Came in the form of a police car, the finest in Ohio
He said what’s a white West Virginia boy doing
Driving a Geo, at 1 AM in the Cleveland ghetto

I filled him in on my show and everything else I thought he’d like to know
I said, I’m trying to connect up with I-90 South
He said, Follow me boy, I’ll direct you out
And man I thought I’d seen it all
When I saw a lady sleeping in the street
While I was cranking up my heat
And tuned into a re-broadcast of Rush Limbaugh

Must have had a friend
Must have had all kinds of friend
Once had a voice
Must have made that her choice