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Don't Let Go The Coat (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (adm. by Longitude Music Co.) - BMI

Pete Townshend: "I wrote this one in London. I was thinking about all the things you cling onto, and that the most important thing for me at that particular time was to cling to some semblance of a spiritual equipoise. The verses of the song talk about 'things might change' and 'things might explode,' but just as long as you hang onto that thread, that apron string of a real affection and love for the people around you, and for whatever else you're into, God, whatever it is...Mum and Dad!"

This song is inspired by a phrase often used by Meher Baba. Here's an example from a Baba prayer (supplied to me by Virginia Cassidy):

Beloved God, help us all to love You more and more,
and more and more and still yet more,
till we become worthy of Union with You;
and help us all to hold fast to Baba's daaman [hem of his coat] till the very end.

Released in the U.K. as the second single from the album backed with "You" on May 5, 1981. It reached #47. In the U.S. the single hit the Billboard charts on June 27, 1981 peaking at #84 (#77 in Cash Box). This song also had a video shot in an identical style to the one for "You Better You Bet". "Don't Let Go The Coat" was performed live only during the 1981 U.K./European tour. Pete and Kenney's demo version appears on Pete's solo album Another Scoop. This track is 3'45 on the 1997 remix.

I can't be held responsible for blown behaviour
I lost all contact with my only saviour
No-one locked me out because I failed to phone up
I can't bear to live forever like a loner

Don't let go the coat

It's easy to be sad: when you lack a partner
But how would I react to a broken heart now
It ain't really true rock and roll unless I'm
Hanging onto you and when I hold it next time

I won't let go the coat

I try to explain but you never understand it
I need your body but I can't just demand it
I won't let go like a stray at heel
(Never let it out of your sight)
Every lonely wife knows the way I feel
(Don't let go tonight)
Don't let go the coat
Never let go the coat

Your friends all pass for life is just a market
But you have to finish everything you started
So I live my life tearing down the runway
Sure to get the hang of hanging in there someday

Don't let go the coat
Won't get no more chances - forget the war dances
Go blind and hang on - don't try the slang son
Never let go the coat.

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