905 (John Entwistle) Hot Red Music (BMI)

From the Who Are You liner notes by Matt Resnicoff with additions by Brian Cady:

Recorded at Ramport and RAK Studios, St. John's Wood, in March 1978. This song was composed and prepared on one of the first multiphonic Polymoog synthesizers at John's studio in Ealing.

"I had started a concept album along the same lines as Lifehouse. My story was a little different. It was set in the future. I put it on the shelf for a long time. When that album came along I took them off the shelf and changed them around a little bit. But '905' was actually one of the songs from that. The hero's name was '905' and he lives with this guy named '503' and they're absolutely identical. There aren't any women around because that's what they're eating."
--John Entwistle

On the 1996 remix, John's vocal, which was apparently introducing some hiss, is potted up late cutting off the first word in "in suspended animation." "905" was never performed live by The Who but a live version by The John Entwistle Band appears on their 1999 CD Left For Live.

Mother was an incubator
Father was the contents
of a test tube in the ice box
In the factory of birth

My name is 905,
And I've just become alive
I'm the newest populator
Of the planet we call Earth

In suspended animation
My childhood passed me by
If I speak without emotion
Then you know the reason why

Knowledge of the universe
Was fed into my mind
As my adolescent body
Left its puberty behind

And everything I know is what I need to know
And everything I do's been done before
Every sentence in my head
Someone else has said
At each end of my life is an open door

Automatically defrosted
When manhood came on time
I became a man
I left the 'ice school' behind

Now I'm to begin
The life that I'm assigned
A life that's been used before
A thousand times

I have a feeling deep inside
That somethin' is missing
It's a feeling in my soul
And I can't help wishing

That one day I'll discover
That we're living a lie
And I'll tell the whole world
The reason why

Well, until then, everything I know is what I need to know
And everything I do's been done before
Every sentence in my head
Someone else has said
At each end of my life is an open door

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Who Are You 4:02
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