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Fragments (Pete Townshend / Lawrence Ball) Eel Pie Publishing Ltd. / BMG Music Publishing, Ltd.

Pete Townshend: "...the song is  based on the continuation of the 'Method' music way of creating individual  pieces of music dictated by parameters and information from individuals, which I  first explored in the 'Lifehouse' project in the early Seventies. 'Fragments' is  based on the initial experiments with composer Lawrence Ball who helped create a  software system and website. The Method has been a recurring theme of mine over the years and I returned to it in my novella 'The Boy Who Heard Music' in which 3 young people form a band called The Glass Household, and the song 'Fragments'  is their first big hit."

Co-author Lawrence Ball is a composer and musician of the "minimalist" style (he cites Terry Riley as an influence) who is also a highly sought-after mathematics and physics tutor. His website is located here. "Fragments" had its live premiere performed by The Who Sept. 12, 2006 and was the first song of new material performed during shows for the remainder of the Endless Wire tour. The background screens accompanying the song showed waves crashing on rocks. Pete opened his "Method" website, using the same computer program that generated the music in "Fragments," to the general public May 1, 2007. It is located here.

Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we leaving life
Or moving in
Exploding out
Imploding in
Ingraied in good
Or stained in sin

Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we leaving life
Or moving in
Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we breathing in

We are a billion fragments
Exploding outward
Like broken glass, we damage
Even in defeat
We are tiny pieces
Falling now and settling
Like snowflake crystal
Building on the city street

Snowflakes falling
Snowflakes falling
Snowflakes falling
Snowflakes falling

Are we the parts
Are we the whole
Are we the thoughts
Are we the soul
The parts of me
And this is true
The parts of me
Belong to you

Are we breathing out
Or breathing in
Are we leaving life
Or moving in
Exploding out
Imploding in
Ingrained in good
Or stained in sin

Are we the parts
Are we the whole
Are we the thoughts
Are we the soul
The parts of me
And this is true
The parts of me
The parts of you
Belong to you
And you
And you
And you...

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