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Modern Lovers’ ‘Roadrunner’ could soon be a state song

It begins like no other iconic rock song, with a quirky countdown from the lead singer: “One, two, three, four, five, six!” Next comes the pummel of electric guitar, drums, and bass.

Roadrunner,” first recorded by the Modern Lovers in the early 1970s and best known from the group’s 1976 debut album, is an unabashed musical valentine to Massachusetts, where its songwriter, Jonathan Richman, was raised. In a confessional style, as if he’s telling you a story, the Natick native sings about driving past a Stop & Shop and says he loves Route 128 at night. Perhaps most famously, he declares, “I’m in love with Massachusetts.”

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