Empty Glass (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (adm. by Longitude Music Co.) - BMI

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

Recorded at Ramport in April, 1978.
Originally titled 'Choirboy', this is a rough mix of a group version of a song that eventually became the title track on Pete's second solo album Empty Glass. It features John and Keith playing over one of Pete's demos. Note the acoustic guitar and Entwistle's rare bass harmonics in the introduction.
Previously unreleased.

This is the third song Pete wrote in 1977-1978 that has someone jumping off a ledge; cf. "Love Is Coming Down" and Rough Mix's "Street In The City." I guess we're lucky Pete made it through that period. "Keep On Working," also destined for the Empty Glass album was considered and rejected for Who Are You.

Why was I born today
Life is useless like Ecclesiastes say
I never had a chance
But opportunity's now in my hands

I stand with my guitar
All I need's a mirror
Then I'm a star
I'm so sick of dud TV
Next time you switch on
You might see me...oh.what a thrill for you

I've been there and gone there
I've lived there and bummed there
I've spinned there, I gave there
I drank there and I slaved there

I've had enough of the way things been done
Every man on a razors edge
Someone has used us to kill with the same gun
Killing each other by driving a wedge

My life's a mess I wait for you to pass
I stand here at the bar, I hold an empty glass

Why was I born today
Life is useless like Ecclesiastes say
I didn't get a chance
Opportunity's in my hand

I stand with my guitar
All I need's a mirror
Then I'm a star
I'm so sick of dud TV
Next time you switch on
You might see me...

I've been there and gone there
I've lived there and bummed there
I've spinned there, I gave there
I drank there and I slaved there

I've had enough of the way things have been done
Every man on a razors edge
Someone has used us to shoot with the same gun
We where killing each other by driving a wedge

My life's a mess I wait for you to pass
I stand here at the bar, I hold an empty glass

Don't worry smile and dance
You just can work life out
Don't let down moods entrance you
Take the wine and shout
My life's a mess I wait for you to pass
I stand here at the bar, I hold an empty glass

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Who Are You 6:23
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