Music Must Change (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 Pete's own studio in Goring-On-Thames and overdubbed by The Who at Ramport Studios in April 1978. This mix contains different guitar parts than those on the original MCA release.
Keith plays cymbals only. During his failed attempts to tackle this tune's 6/8 time signature, the drummer exclaimed: "I know this is shit, but even though it's shit I am still the best...the best Keith Moon-type drummer in the world!"

"(Keith) was so sad about it. He was so upset. He used to cry. Nobody knew more than Keith (that his drumming had deteriorated). It used to break his heart."
--Roger Daltrey

"I had several studios to work in while developing material for this record. After working on the Tommy film soundtrack I moved my 16-track home studio to a new retreat I built in the country. At home, in London, I built a modest 8-track studio and experimented with the new synthesizers that were appearing at the time, especially the Yamaha polyphonic, touch-pressure-sensitive CS80 which features heavily on this track. My new 'home' studio was a large tiled room containing a big piano and some compact recording kit. Having no drum kit, I tapped the rhythm out by walking up and down the floor, tossing a coin at one point to illustrate that as far as I could see, the word 'music' had transmogrified into 'money' for most of the musicians in my age group. Hearing Roger trying to sing like Mose Allison is a treat after all these years. There I was, trying to be like the jazz-singer's name-sake (Moses the biblical fellow) and attempting to part the waves. I don't think I've heard a song so full of clichés! 'Music Must Change' is earnest enough, but I don't think I knew what was really needed to save rock from decline."
--Pete Townshend

"Music Must Change" was played live during the 1979-1981 shows where it became an extended jam featuring a lot of keyboard work from John "Rabbit" Bundrick. A live version appears on the 30 Years of Maximum R&B video (1979). The version of "Music Must Change" with the original guitar performance appears on the boxset 30 Years Of Maximum R&B. Pete's original demo was released on his 1999 solo album Lifehouse Chronicles.

Deep in the back of my mind is an unrealized sound
Every feeling I get from the street says it soon could be found
When I hear the cold lies of the pusher, I know it exists
It's confirmed in the eyes of the kids, emphasized with their fists

But the high has to rise from the low
Like volcanoes explode through the snow
The mosquito's sting brings a dream
But the poison's derange

The music must change
For we're chewing a bone
We soared like the sparrow hawk flied
Then we dropped like a stone
Like the tide and the waves
Growing slowly in range
Crushing mountains as old as the Earth
So the music must change

Sometimes at night, I wake up and my body's like ice
The sound of the running wild stallion, the noise of the mice
And I wondered if then I could hear into all of your dreams
I realize now it was really the sound of your screams

But death always leads into life
But the street fighter swallows the knife
Am I so crazy to feel that it's here prearranged?

The music must change
It's gets higher and higher
Smouldering like leaves in the 1
Then it bursts into fire
Its rhythm grows strong
It's so new and so strange
Like bells in the clouds, then again
The music must change

But is this song so different?
Am I doing it all again?
It may have been done before
But then music's an open door

Deep in the back of my is an unrealized sound
Every feeling I get from the street says it soon could be found
When I hear the cold lies of the pusher, I know it exists
It's confirmed in the eyes of the kids, emphasized with their fists

But the high has to rise from the low
Like volcanoes explode through the snow
The mosquito's sting brings a dream
But the poison's derange

The music must change
For we're chewing a bone
We soared like the sparrow hawk flied
Then we dropped like a stone
Like the tide and the waves
Growing slowly in range
Crushing mountains as old as the Earth
So the music must change

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Source Length notes
Who Are You 4:38
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 4:34
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