Pick Up the Peace (Pete Townshend) Eel Pie Publishing Ltd. / BMG Music Publishing, Ltd.

Pete: "Ray High, now an old '60s rocker, is meditating in what looks like a cell in a secure hospital. He sees three teenagers from his neighbourhood getting together as kids do, playing, flirting, talking, and forming a band. Then he has an intuition that they are going to become stars. They are Gabriel, Josh and Leila. (They call their band The Glass Household). In striking contrast he sees scenes from his own childhood in the same neighbourhood, bombed buildings and old soldiers."

Pete from an Oct. 16, 2006 interview with Rachel: "'Pick Up The Peace' which is about, how do we find a way to relate to the possible peace in society, and our community, and also the inherent peace in the universe?"

Included in the live version of the mini-opera.

Now I'm in the ether
Look down at time
I see three children
Prepare to walk the line

I see them older
When life is done
I was a loser
At the game they won

Come on let's try
To pick up the peace
You and I
On our hands and knees
Come on let's try
To pick up, pick up the peace

Come on let's try
To touch the Fleece
You and I
On our hands and knees
Come on let's try
To pick up, pick up the peace

How do old people forget
That the wars we've seen
Are 'bout me longing for you
You longing for me?

 

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Endless Wire 1:28
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