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Bill's Pete Townshend Pages › Another Scoop

ANOTHER SCOOP

Produced by Pete Townshend and Spike.
More of Pete's Demos.

SIDE ONE

YOU BETTER YOU BET

You better you better you bet
You better you bet you bet

I call you on the telephone
My voice too rough with cigarettes
I sometimes feel I should just go home
But I'm dealing with a memory that never forgets
I love to hear you say my name
Especially when you say yes.
I got your body right now on my mind
And I drunk myself blind to the sound of old T Rex
Oh, Oh, Yea

When I say I love you, you say "You better!"
You better you better you bet
When I say I love you, you scream "You better!"
You better you better you bet
You better bet your life
Or love will cut you
Like a knife.

I want those feeble-minded axes overthrown.
I'm not into your passport picture,
I just like your nose.
You welcome me with open arms and open legs
They say only fools have needs, but this one never begs.

I don't really mind how much you love me
A little is alright
When you say, "Come over and spend the night"
Tonight.

When I say I love you, you say "You better!"
You better you better you bet
When I say I love you, you scream "You better!"
You better you better you bet
You  bet your life
Or love is gona  cut you
Just like a knife.

I lay on the bed with you
We could make some book of records
Your dog keeps licking my nose
And chewing up all those letters
Saying "You better!"
You better bet your life.

You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me, back into line now
You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me, back into line now
You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me, back into line now
You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me, back into line now

I showed up late one night with a neon light for a visa
But knowing I'm so eager to fight can't make letting me in any easier
I know that I been wearing crazy clothes, and I look pretty crappy sometime
But my body feels so good and I still ride a razor line every time

And when it comes to all night living
I know what I'm giving
I've got it all down to a tee
And it's free

When I say I love you, you say "You better!"
You better you better you bet
When I say I love you, you scream "You better!"
You better you better you bet
When I say I love you, you say "You better!"
You better you better you bet
When I say I love you, you scream "You better!"
You better you better you bet
When I say I love you, you say "You better!"
You better you better you bet
When I say I need you, you scream "You better!"
You better you better you bet
"You better!"
You better you better you bet
"You better!"
You better you better you bet
You  bet your life
Or love is gonna cut you
Just like a knife.


GIRL IN A SUITCASE

When I have to get on my bike
When I look back on my life
I think of the days of the wine
Of what I put you threw that time

When I have to move away
Pick up the pieces another day
I remember little white lies
And pretty brown blue eyes

Little girl in a suitcase
Little girl in a suitcase
I'll be leaving you behind, oh yea

Girl in the suitcase
I took you with me round the world
Couldn't get use to a new place
So I packed you in my suitcase girl
Took you along in a suitcase

When I think about the past
All the best things happened  last
And you where always there
When carried down from stairs

I think about my effect on you
The way you were born so true
Did you relay care
That Alice cut my hair

Little girl in a suitcase
Little girl in a suitcase
I'll believing you behind

Girl in the suitcase
I took you with me round the world
Couldn't get use to a new place
So I packed you in my suitcase girl
Took you along in a suitcase

Girl in the suitcase
I took you with me round the world
Couldn't get use to a new place
I packed you in my suitcase girl
Took you along in a suitcase


BROOKLYN KIDS

Girl is on a white sheet
She's tripped in a trance,
While her friends go out and dance
She's alone don't ask me why
This kid from Brooklyn cries

Boy struts on the main street
He's dressed for affect
But his eye's reveal he's really red
He's all alone don't ask me why
This kid from Brooklyn cries

And their both just a mile apart
Just streets away from a kindred heart
But they might as well
Be an ocean between them
There might as well
Be an ocean between them

You and me just can't relate
We got love given on a plate
Is it love or is it fate
Were not alone

Same girl in the sunshine
Such a perfect shape
And he can't talk, he just passed again
She walks alone  don't ask me why
This kid from Brooklyn cries

Same boy doing cell time
Hanging his head, Pickup didn't go quiet as planned
He feels alone don't ask me why
This kid from Brooklyn cries

And their both just a mile apart
Just streets away from a kindred heart
But they might as well
Be an ocean between them
Yes there might as well
Be an ocean between them


PINBALL WIZARD

Ever since I was a young boy,
I've played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton
I must've played them all.
But I never seen anything like him
In any amusement hall...
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

He stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers,
Always playing clean.
He plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

He's a pinball wizard.
There has to be a twist.
A pinball wizard's got
Such a supple wrist.

How do you think he does it?
I don't know!
What makes him so good?

He ain't got no distractions,
Can't hear no buzzers and bells.
Don't see no lights a flashin',
Plays by sense of smell,
Always has a replay,
An' never tilts at all...
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

He's a pinball wizard.
There has to be a twist.
A pinball wizard's got
Such a supple wrist.

Even at my favorite table
He can beat my best.
His disciples lead him in
And he just does the rest.
He's got crazy flipper fingers,
Never seen him fall...
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!!!


FOOTBALL FUGUE

I was listen to a guitar, bass drum thing
Started hearing chest screech, thought I had a gut strength
Then I saw a big band, right on the pavement
Violins and heavy boots, wondering where the wave went

You!
What?
I'm talking to you, Your wearing the wrong colored scarf
So what?
Well your playing your tune, to the Tarrence enemy Hauf
Hey you!
What?
I'm talking to you, Concentrate on the game
What for?
Well the whistle just blew,  the conductors going to complain
Play the song, on the wall, come on pass me the ball

Don't let the violinist, trouble your playing
Fierce looking people ,but their managers gay
Syncopation to the sound of the ball
Trouble with the ref, on in the concert hall
Hey you!
What?
That cellist was found, that conductor must be blind
It's a girl!
whew
Oh look at the crowd
This session has run into extra time
Sit back, face off the senior, doesn't walk alone

Music has arrived at the football stadium
A logical step would be spears at the Palladium
Fifty thousand watts screaming out for a goal
Why don't they blow a whistle in rock and roll
Hey you!
What?
Get back in your seat The song has just begun
So what?
We need two encores to beat, and the band is faced to run
Hey you!
What?
Get down off of the wire, the game is still strong
Say's who?
Well I'll never talk, Kicking my piano around
All you fans of the score, if you give a show of support
Will?
Win.


HAPPY JACK

Happy Jack wasn't old but he was a man
He lived in the sand at the Isle Of Man
The kids all would sing, he would take the wrong key
So they rode on his head on their furry donkey

But they never stopped Jack or the water lapping
And they couldn't distract him from the seagulls flapping
The kids couldn't hurt Jack
They tried and tried and tried
They dropped things on his back
They lied and lied and lied and lied and lied

But they never stopped Jack or the waters lapping
And they couldn't prevent Jack from feeling happy

They never stopped Jack nor the waters lapping
And they couldn't prevent Jack from feeling happy


SIDE TWO

SUBSTITUTE

You think we look pretty good together
You think my shoes are made of leather
I'm a substitute for another guy
I look pretty tall but my heels are high
The simple things you see are all complicated
I look pretty young but I'm just back-dated...yeah

(Substitute) Your lies for fact
(Substitute) I see right through your plastic Mac
(Substitute) I look all white but my dad was black
(Substitute) My fine-looking suit's really made out of sack

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth
The north side of my town faced east and the east was facing' south
And now you dare to look me in the eye
Those crocodile tears are what you cry
It's a genuine problem, you won't try
To work it out at all, just pass it by...pass it by

(Substitute) Me for him
(Substitute) My coke for gin
(Substitute) You for my mum
(Substitute) At least I'll get my washin' done

I'm a substitute for another guy
I look pretty tall but my heels are high
The simple things you see are all complicated
I look pretty young but I'm just back-dated...yeah

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth
The north side of my town faced east and the east was facing' south
And now you dare to look me in the eye
Those crocodile tears are what you cry
It's a genuine problem, you won't try
To work it out at all, just pass it by...pass it by

(Substitute) Me for him
(Substitute) My coke for gin
(Substitute) You for my mum
(Substitute) At least I'll get my washin' done
(Substitute) Your lies for fact
(Substitute) I see right through your plastic Mac
(Substitute) I look all white but my dad was black
(Substitute) My fine-lookin' suit's really made out of sack


LONG LIVE ROCK

Down at the Astoria the scene was changing,
Bingo and rock were pushing out X-rating,
We were the first band to vomit in the bar,
And find the distance to the stage too far,
Meanwhile it's getting late at ten o'clock,
Rock is dead they say,
Long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock,
Be it dead or alive.

People walk in sideways pretending that they're leaving,
We put on our makeup and work out all the lead-ins,
Jack is in the alley selling tickets made in Hong Kong,
Promoter's in the pay box wondering where the band's gone,
Back in the pub the governor stops the clock,
Rock is dead, they say,
Long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock,
Be it dead or alive.

Landslide, rocks are falling,
Falling down 'round our very heads,
We tried but you were yawning,
Look again, rock is dead, rock is dead, rock is dead.

The place is really jumping to the high-watt amps,
'Til a 20-inch cymbal fell and cut the lamps,
In the blackout they dance right into the aisle,
And as the doors fly open even the promoter smiles,
Someone takes his pants off and the rafters knock,
Rock is dead, they say,
Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock.


Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive.
Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock
Be it dead or alive.


CALL ME LIGHTNING

See that girl who's smiling so brightly,
Well I reckon she's cool and I reckon rightly,
She's good looking and I ain't frightened,
I'm gonna show you why they call me lightning.

Hey little girl who's dancing so lightly,
My XKE is shining  brightly,
The loose around us is slowly tightening,
I'm gonna show you why they call me lightning.

Hey little girl who's dancing so lightly,
My XKE is shining  brightly,
The loose around us is slowly tightening,
I'm gonna show you why they call me lightning.

You can't catch me, I'm as fast as can be,
Call me lightning, I'm as fast as can be,
No you can't catch me, no you can't catch me.


HOLLY LIKE IVY

I went to Dallas back in 82
The cafe society was numero oui
Surrounded by model, girls and guys in boots
I watched as they conspired taking parking lot dues
Looking back on a cherished memory
A strange conception seems to frontal me
Holly's like ivy
She grows on it

I realize if all the beautiful girls
Were lost like gems, will grow to pearls
Now Holly is behind me,
And I fall from the place
I've got this burning sensation
As she brushed my things
Looking back on a cherished memory
A strange conception seems to frontal me
Holly's like ivy
She grows on it

(guitar solo)

Looking back on a cherished memory
A strange conception seems to frontal me
Holly's like

I know I must hurry back there
And look for Holly with her long brown hair
I was brit by some relief
All I want for Christmas is her two front teeth
Looking back on my cherished memory
A strange conception seems to frontal me
Holly's like ivy
She grows on it
Holly's like ivy
Grows


BEGIN THE BEGUINE

When they begin the beguine
It brings back the sound of music so tender
It brings back a night of tropical splendor
It brings back a memory ever green

I'm with you once more under the stars
And down by the shore an orchestra's playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine

To live it again is past all endeavor
Except when that tune clutches my heart
And there we are, swearing to love forever
And promising never, never to part

What moments divine, what rapture serene
The clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
I know but too well what they mean

So don't let them begin the beguine
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
When they begin the beguine

O yes, let them begin the beguine, make them play
Till the stars that were there before return above you
Till you whisper to me once more: "Darling, I love you!"
And we suddenly know what heaven we're in
When they begin the beguine
When they begin the beguine


VICIOUS INTERLUDE

(Pete)
If I see you put that on the wall
I'll smack you
(little girl in background)
I'm not I'm not
(Pete)
You got a mischief look in your eye


LA LA LA LIES

If I'm so lost without a friend
Tell me, who's this by my side?
This girl with eyes like gems
And cool reactions to your lies
Lies
La la la la la la lies

You can't repeat what you put 'round
All the things that made me cry
You kicked me when I was down
And they hurt me all those lies
Lies
La la la la la la lies

I've got my girl and together we're strong
To laugh at you and prove you wrong

I don't insist that you feel bad
I just want to see you smile
Don't ever think you made me mad
I didn't listen to your lies
Lies
La la la la la la lies

If I'm so lost without a friend
Tell me, who's this by my side?
This girl with eyes like gems
And cool reactions to your lies
Lies
La la la la la la lies

I don't insist that you feel bad
I just want to see you smile
Don't ever think you made me mad
I didn't listen to your lies


CAT SNATCH

(instrumental)


SIDE THREE

PRELUDE #556

(instrumental)


BAROQUE IPPANESE

(instrumental)


PRAYING THE GAME

Sitting in clouds of air
Praying no on is there
Holding your head to the sky, in there
Swinging the smoke around
Cross like in Heaven bound
Hot line is cut up, because your bills all paid

Praying the game you play
Sin is from sin's to say
One minute here again, out of your brain
Playing the praying game
Stay away from them
Keeping out on the reign
Praying the game

And it's all the losers start
As your hurting all together
Are you really getting threw

Would you be wrong to sing and dance
Life goes on forever
Understanding isn't really new

I am a fool you claim
We are one all the same
Then you surrender, and the case is closed

Guess you ride innocence
I cause a sin offense
Short change my heart, for a fashionable home

Praying the game we play
All do it every day
No point pretending nobody's fool
Staying the same we say
Bring on a change our way
Treating the Lord, like a teacher in school

And we check over each shoulder
Making sure that no one knows
As we get down on our knees

And yet the witness inside
Looking out threw our own eyes
Is there really worthy on the trees

Praying the game we play
Saying's from saves to say
One minute here again, and out of your brain
Playing the praying game, staying away from pain
Keeping out of the rain, praying the game


DRIFTIN' BLUES

I'm drifting and drifting, like a ship out on the sea
I'm drifting and drifting,  like a ship out on the sea
Nobody seems to want me, except the wide open sea

My ship ain't got no captain, my ship ain't got no crew
My ship ain't got no captain, my ship ain't got no crew
Doin' that tide dare blow me,thier my passing few to do

I look around for a savior, who saves me from the hungry sea
I look around for a savior, who saves me from the hungry sea
Maybe he's down at the bottom, waiting patiently for me


CHRISTMAS

Did you ever see the faces of children
They get so excited.
Waking up on Christmas morning
Hours before the winter sun's ignited.
They believe in dreams and all they mean
Including heavens generosity.
Peeping round the door
to see what parcels are for free
In curiosity.

And Tommy doesn't know what day it is.
He doesn't know who Jesus was or what praying is.
How can he be saved?
From the eternal grave.

Surrounded by his friends he sits so silently,
And unaware of anything.
Playing proxy pin ball
picks his nose and smiles and
Pokes his tongue at everything.
I believe in love
but how can men who've never seen
Light be enlightened.
Only if he's cured
will his spirits future level ever heighten.

And Tommy doesn't know what day it is.
Doesn't know who Jesus was or what praying is.
How can he be saved?
From the eternal grave.


PICTURES OF LILY

I used to wake up in the morning
I always feel so bad
I got so sick of having sleepless nights
I went and told my dad

He said, "Son now here's some little something"
And stuck them on my wall
And now my nights ain't quite so lonely
In fact I, I don't feel bad at all

Pictures of Lily made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily let me sleep at night
Pictures of Lily solved my childhood problems
Pictures of Lily make me feel alright

Pictures of Lily
Pictures of Lily
Pictures of Lily, Lily, oh Lily
Pictures of Lily, Lily, oh Lily
Pictures of Lily

And then one day things weren't  so fine
I fell in love with Lily
I asked my dad where Lily I could find
He said, "Son, now don't be silly"

"She's been dead since 1929"
Oh, how I cried that night
If only I'd been born in Lily's time
It would have been alright

Pictures of Lily made my life so wonderful
But their was always,
Pictures of Lily helped me sleep at night
Pictures of Lily to help me feel alright
Cause me and Lily are together in my dreams
Hey I was wondering  mister, have you ever seen
Pictures of Lily?


DON'T LET GO OF THE COAT

I can't be held responsible for my behavior
I lost all contact with my only savior
Please don't lock me out because I missed  to phone ya
I can't bear to live forever like a loner

Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat

I seen you on a Tuesday morning
Everyone but me seems still to be yawning
I can write a letter and I'm gonna to ya
Am I gone blind thinking about you  lot

Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat

I try to explain but you never understand it
I need your body but I can't just demand it

Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat

I can't be held responsible for my behavior
I lost all contact with my only savior
Please don't lock me out because I missed to phone ya
I can't bear to live forever like a loner

Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat

Keep singing
Don't let go of the coat
Keep telling myself now
Don't let go of the coat
That's why I'm singing now
Don't let go of the coat
Oo, Don't let go of the coat

Admitting to myself
Don't let go of the coat
Quit felling bad for myself
Don't let go of the coat
Just gotta look after myself
Don't let go of the coat
Oh, Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat
Don't let go of the coat


SIDE FOUR

THE KID'S ARE ALRIGHT

I don't mind other guys dancing with my girl.
That's fine, I know them all pretty well.
But in time I know I must get out in the light.
Better leave her behind with the kids are alright,
The kids are alright


Sometimes I feel I gotta get away.
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away.
And I know if I don't I'll go out of my mind.
Better leave her behind with the kids are alright,
The kids are alright.

I know if I'd go thing's be a lot better for her.
I had things planned but her folks wouldn't let her.

I don't mind other guys dancing with my girl.
That's fine, I know them all pretty well.
But I know sometimes I must get out in the light.
And leave her behind with the kids are alright,
the kids are alright.

Sometimes I feel I gotta get away.
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away.
And I know if I don't I'll go out of my mind.
Better leave her behind with the kids are alright,
The kids are alright,
The kids are alright,
The kids are alright.


PRELUDE, THE RIGHT TO WRITE

(instrumental)


NEVER ASK ME

I passed her once, I passed her twice
Your first reply, just seamed as cold as ice
You never ask me
If you loved me

I was in doubt, I begin to shout
She kept on laying the same line out
You never ask me
If you loved me

She said never ask me, If I love you baby
What do you really think, I'm going to say
You never asked me, If I loved you
Cause if you don't know now You'll never will
My words are still, Just words until.


Just tell me once, just tell me twice
And baby baby I'll fly to the heights
You never asked me
If you loved me

I have you near, I kiss your ear
But I'm so insecure, I just gotta hear you saying
You never ask me
If you loved me

I just got to pin her down
My heart bleeds for the sound
Of her shouting out she loves me
As he is I sit in guess
My head's in such a mess
What's the use to hold truth above me
Does she really love me

Never ask me
Never ask me
Never ask me

You never asked me, If I loved you
Cause if you don't know now You'll never will
And words are still, Just words until.

I asked you once, I asked you twice
Your first reply, just seamed as cold as ice
Never asked me
If I love you

I'm in such doubt, I got to shout
You keep on laying the same lines out
Never ask me
If I love you

Please tell me
Never ask me
Please tell me
Never ask me
Please tell me
(whispers)
I love you
I love you


Ask Yourself/Brooklyn Kids
 Released on Atco PR 1009, 1987. (USA)
12 inch Promo Copy


ASK YOURSELF

Do I really understand
Do I really understand
Ask yourself
Ask yourself
Ask yourself

Do I truly trust this man
Ask yourself
Ask yourself
Ask yourself

Do I really love this man
Ask yourself
Ask yourself
Ask yourself

Do I  really love this man


THE FERRYMAN

The river is always flowing
Relentless towards the costal tides
It travels down to the great ocean
While most of us simply watch from the water side

The water becomes Siddhartha's teacher
Sometimes powerful and stern
Sometimes gentle , forgiving
It never changes in direction
As it carries even mountains down to the sea

I'll take you over
I don't want your money
Just hang on tight
Till we reach the other wall
Things in Vegas
They all cling to my ankle
The horn blows wide, and the currents roar

God fill this gutter
That breaks my shoulder
Smash me to pieces
And wash me to mud
Dry me to dust
And set me to smolder
Please let me dissolve in the autumn flood

The rivers always flowing
But I'm free now
From It's grace
I'll be swept down to the ocean
And now you
You will take my place


THE SHOUT

Oh, oh
Oh, oh
I miss you, I miss you
I remember lying by your side
Up in the eerie waters of paradise
'N then one day you walked out
Now I have nothing to do but shout

And I want my voice
To cut over mountains
And I want my soul
To gush up like fountains
To where you reside


"I don't care what you call it, as long as it's real music, and as long as it swings"
Quote by Clifford Blanford Townshend

All songs written by Pete Townshend
1987 Eel Pie Recording Productions Ltd.
except, Driftn' Blues: CBS Unart,BMI
And
Begin the Beguin: Warner Brothers Inc ASCAP

WDK 2008

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