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I Need You (Keith Moon) TRO-Essex Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

From the A Quick One liner notes by Chris Charleworth with additions by Brian Cady:

 

Recorded at Pye Studios, Oct. 4, 1966.
Harpsichord: John Entwistle

This was Keith's first ever composition for The Who, and one of very few he contributed to their catalogue. The reason why all four members of the group contributed songs to this album was that co-manager Chris Stamp had negotiated a deal whereby the song publishers, Essex Music, would advance £500 to each member, a considerable sum in 1966. Roger bought a Volvo 'Saint' car. 

Prior to the album's release Keith told Keith Altham the title of this song was "I Need You (Like I Need A Hole In The Head)". The middle-break, according to Keith, represented "solely a musical illustration of a transport cafe." He also denied that one of the voices here was a parody of John Lennon but John Entwistle later claimed it was. John said Keith thought the Beatles used a secret language to talk behind his back and chose this song to go after them.

The stereo version was released in the U.S., Japan and Europe]

 

Knowing
Is what people tell you
That you're thinking wrong
Embrace you,
But they really mean "So long"

You talk to them
They laugh aloud
Yet they run to you
In any crowd

Please talk to me again
I need you

We're dancing
We will come and dance near you
We want to learn
Let us come and sitar with you

Distort my ears when
The music's loud
Yet you raise your hatchet
In the yellow crowd

Please talk to me again
I need you

Knowing
Is what people tell you
That you're thinking wrong
Embrace you,
But they really mean "So long"

You talk to them
They laugh aloud
Yet they run to you
In any crowd

Please talk to me again
I need you

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
A Quick One 2:25
Happy Jack 2:25
A Quick One - CD Reissue 2:25
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