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It's Not Enough (Pete Townshend / Rachel Fuller) Eel Pie Publishing Ltd. / BMG Music Publishing, Ltd.

Pete: "Watching Mépris, the ‘60s film by Lean Luc Godard starring Bridget Bardot, I found myself wondering why it is that we choose people to partner who we feel aren’t quite right. Bardot asks her lover, 'Do you adore my legs?' He nods. 'My breasts?' He nods. 'My arms?' He nods. She goes over her entire body. He nods every time. When she’s finished she gets up and tells him, 'It’s not enough'. Co-author Rachel Fuller: "The track that's gone to radio from the Who album, funnily enough, is 'It's Not Enough.' I wrote that. I don't know how Who fans are going to feel about that [laughs]. It's a song that I had written and recorded with my band, and Pete said, 'I think this would make a really good Who track -- can I have it?' He didn't use the lyrics I originally had on the song. So I suppose you could say that I wrote the music, and he wrote the lyrics."

The movie Le Mépris (1963) is best known in the English-speaking world under the title Contempt. It concerns a French screenwriter who loses his wife's respect when he sells out to a crass American producer (Jack Palance). The scene Pete refers to above is the movie's second scene, included at producer Carlo Ponti's insistence in order to provide some Brigitte Bardot nudity. However, the scene does not end as Pete describes above but rather with the writer declaring his love and Bardot's character agreeing. "It's Not Enough" was released in the U.S. and U.K. as a promotional CD credited as "Chris Lord-Alge Mix." CD singles pressed in the U.K. feature an extended guitar part unavailable elsewhere and clocks at 4'08. Although not otherwise listed as related to the piece, this song was included in the 2007 theatrical workshop version of The Boy Who Heard Music, sung by Gabriel, Josh and Leila.

It's not enough
Whatever you give

A little bit more
You always need
A little more man
A little more seed

It's not enough
It's not enough
Whatever I give
It's never enough

I gave you cash
I gave you love
All that I heard
Was "It's Not Enough"

I work so hard
It gets so tough
Whatever I give
Never feels like enough
It's not enough
It's not enough
Whatever I give
It's never enough

When I'm on my knees
I keep taking your stuff
Make sure that you know
It's never enough

You said you'd go as far
As to turn to my friend
Who once warned me of you
Said you'd hasten my end
He'll choose you over me
Because I have lent
Every ounce of my juice
My essence is spent

You'll always want
A little more pink
I'll always need
A little more ink

It's not enough
It's not enough
Whatever I give
It's never enough

However I praise
However I puff
Though you may smile
It won't be enough

Right at the end
When I start to bluff
An' the lift's going down
An' I start acting tough

It's not enough
It's not enough
Whatever I give
It's never enough

I'll find someone else
To finish filling me up
I'll smile and admit
You were never quite enough

Like Brigitte Bardot
In Godard's Les Mepris
I can't love you enough
To make you complete
You appear in my dreams
With some new courtier
You need me there to see
What you need to convey

It's not enough
It's not enough
Whatever I give
It'll never be enough

No hysterical scene
You will never play rough
I'm the one who will scream
But it won't be enough

It's never enough
It's never enough

It's not enough
It's not enough
Whatever I give
It'll never be enough

I'll never hold you
How can I scold you?

It's not enough
It's not enough
Whatever I give
It'll never be enough

 

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