Love Is Coming Down (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 Studios on October 18, 1977. Ted Astley's strings were added in December

"We used the string orchestra on this, too, and I really love the result. But it was not to every Who fan's taste. In fact, several wrote me to say they hated the song because it seemed so melodramatically depressive and fatalistic. The song was intended to be about the inevitability of triumph in the spiritual life, but when I was writing then, I think, I sensed the end coming for the band, for me as its creative engine and for Keith as its physical heartbeat. The song weeps in advance. If my music was changing, it was going backwards: this sounds like something from a Shirley-Bassey-Sings-the-James-Bond-theme album."
--Pete Townshend

During the long 1977 Who sabbatical Pete and The Who's ex-manager Kit Lambert, who was the son of orchestral composer Constant Lambert, were attempting to fashion songs that would better blend rock and orchestral styles. Other songs that led from this experimentation were "Street In The City" on Rough Mix, "Brooklyn Kids" and "Football Fugue" on Another Scoop and "I Like It The Way It Is" from Scoop 3. "Love Is Coming Down" was never performed live by The Who.

The "work in progress mix" was Recorded at Ramport in April 1978.
This version of the song features different piano and bass parts, and has only a guide vocal.
Previously unreleased.

Surrounded by people
A real heavy crowd
But inside I still feel lonely now

Should I get away
From the high heels so proud
Is there something different life can show me now

First chance - I blew it, I better start it all again
Second chance - Ooh, I knew it wouldn't be as easy as they said
Third chance - I'm cut up, life's like a razor's edge
Fourth chance - Ooh, I'm all shut up and I'm standing on the ledge

And I'm goin' down (I'm goin' down)
Goin' down (I'm goin' down)
Goin' down (I'm goin' down)
Ooh, down

I'm not a loser
But did I really win?
Can I afford to go through it all again?

I hope I don't sound
As immature as I feel
But when I get wise, I'll give you a call, my friend

First chance - I blew it, I better start it all again
Second chance - Ooh, I knew it wouldn't be as easy as they said
Third chance - I'm cut up, life's like a razor's edge
Fourth chance - I'm all shut up and I'm standing on the ledge

Now I'm goin' down (I'm goin' down)
Goin' down (I'm goin' down)
Goin' down (I'm goin' down)
Ooh, down (down)

Love is coming down on me, ooh yeah
Love is burning, teaching, turning out in me
Love is coming down, down
Down, down
Down, down

I'm not a loser
But did I really win?
I'm lookin' forward to doin' it all again

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Source Length notes
Who Are You 4:06
Who Are You 4:05 Work in Progress Mix
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