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The Acid Queen (Pete Townshend) BMG Music o/b/o Towser Tunes, Fabulous Music, ABKCO (BMI)

From the Tommy liner notes by Brian Cady:

 

In an early song list, this song was known as "Gypsy Song."

"It was the first slightly 'anti-drug' song I had written. It portrayed the pusher as a prostitute, but selling souls rather than bodies. When the then Vice President of the U.S.A., Spiro Agnew, wanted a song to use as an example of Rock's bad influence on the high drug use of young Americans, he mentioned this song. It really brought it home to me what uninformed, blinkered idiots many politicians are. Speech over."
--Pete Townshend

Gypsy:

If your child ain't all he should be now
This girl will put him right.
I'll show him what he could be now
Just give me one night.
I'm the Gypsy - the acid Queen.
Pay before we start.
I'm the Gypsy - The acid queen.
I'll tear your soul apart.

Give us a room and close the door
Leave us for a while.
Your boy won't be a boy no more
Young, but not a child.
I'm the Gypsy - the acid queen.
Pay before we start.
I'm the Gypsy the acid queen.
I'll tear your soul apart.

Gather your wits and hold on fast,
Your mind must learn to roam.
Just as the Gypsy Queen must do
You're gonna hit the road.

My work is done now look at him
He's never been more alive.
His head it shakes his fingers clutch.
Watch his body writhe
I'm the Gypsy - the acid queen.
Pay before we start.
I'm the Gypsy - I'm guaranteed.
To break your little heart.

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Tommy 3:34
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 3:41 Live
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