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Bill's Pete Townshend Pages › One Of The Boys

ONE OF THE BOYS

Produced by Dave Courtney & Tony Meehan.
Recorded at Rampart Studios, London
And Pathe Marconi Studios,Paris.
Musicians include: Brian Odgers, John Entwistle, Jimmy McCulloch,
Paul Keogh, Stuart Tosh, Rod Argent, Phil Kenzie, Jimmy Jewell,
Alvin Lee, Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather Low & Mick Ronson


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SIDE ONE

PARADE
(P. Goodhand-Tait)

I came through today
At the back of a street parade
And their I am, right side of your TV screen
Slightly out of focus
but unmistakably serene
Never made the big time 
but I was in that scene.

Oh I was thinking about in films
How in no time so it seems
The hero meet his princess
The king found his queen
But in real life
There's only in between
I've never been a hero 
But I was in that scene.

Hollywood exist still
Cause there's a sign upon the hill
We buy the maps, and make the tours
To touch the world of, motion, pictures.

(Guitar Solo)

So here I am
Until the good time end to be
I've never made the big time
But I was in that scene

Hollywood exist still
Cause there's a sign upon the hill
We buy the maps, and make the tours
To touch the world of, motion, pictures.

A star died today
And they had a little street parade
And all the other stars turned out
To say how nice he'd been
Someone at the back
Flowing with the stream
Never made the headlines
But I was in that scene.

Someone at the back
Flowing with the stream
Never made the headlines
But I was in that scene.

Someone at the back
Flowing with the stream
Never made the headlines
But I was in that scene.


SINGLE MAN'S DILEMMA
(Blunstone)

Every evening I come down here
It's a heaven that I've found here
Just looking out at what is going on
I drank too much wine and whisky
It makes everything go misty
Oh I'd love to take you home with me tonight.

It's a single man's dilemma
Should he look away or tell her
That she's the sweetest thing he's ever seen
You know at first lines don't come easy
Will she listen when she sees me
But I'd love to take you home with me tonight
Oh I'd love to take you home with me tonight

Where are you going to my sweet lady
Have you got the time to save me
There ain't nothing wrong that true love wouldn't cure
But I never heard her answer
I guess I ain't no true romancer
Oh I'd love to take you home with me tonight
Oh I'd love to take you home with me tonight

When I woke it was 4:30
And my God that girl was dirty
And I hoped that was the last I'd see of her
But in her place there was a letter
Saying I hope you soon feel better
Won't you come around and spend some time with me
Oh I usually charge but you can come for free
Oh I usually charge but you can come for free.


Avenging Annie/The Prisoner
Released on MCA-40800, 1977. (UK)

AVENGING ANNIE
(Andy Pratt)

They ran through hills and forest
As two under a spell
He was a city boy Floyd the outlaw
And she thought she new him well.

Long after that great summer
When she first came into her fame
And the avenger from Oklahoma
Was added to her name
The avenger she became.

Well they call her avenging Annie
The avenger of womanhood
She spends her whole life telling lies
These on a mess  and over good
She'll take all these spoilt young  hippies
Running around playing games
They're surrounding your bed, she'll blow your head
She'll put you through a change.

What you've done to others
She'll do unto you.

Then she met her sensitive outlaw
He was the best thing she ever did seen
She was to be his wife for the rest of her life,
But she was so blind she could never had seen.
No!

So she joined up with her outlaw
And headed for California.

He treated her worse than she'd ever imagined
He didn't say he didn't want her around
He kept it up so long, she couldn't be strong
He run her right into the ground.

After five long years,
He picked her up and slapped her down.

Then she told her friends about him
They all were on her side
But she could see through the haze he looked so pale
She put her head right down and she cried.

For her poor lover
She cried like a mother for her poor lover.

And now she lives on a mountain top
And she's almost thirty-five
And she's found her peace and found her release
Happy  just to be alive.

And she might go back to her Floyd
If she thinks it's the thing to do
He gave up murder and theft after she left
And you know she still loves him to
Just like a worn out shoe
Just like a worn out shoe
Just like a worn out shoe
Just like a worn out shoe
Just like a worn out shoe
Just like a worn out shoe
Just like a worn out shoe

Well they call her avenging Annie
The avenger of womanhood
She spends her whole life telling lies
Leads them on a mess and over good.


THE PRISONER
(Courtney, Todd, Daltrey)

Days go - so slow
Life just slipping away
Day after day
The wall's too close to me now
Oh I can't take too much more
All the lying
Is it just an illusion
I've been feeling the strain
And it's more than just pain
I can't help myself
'Cause I've lost myself

If I could see you through the wire
And just forget about tomorrow
No one listens to what I am saying
I'm just a sad man another sad man
They say I'm no bad man
But I'm no bad man

Wasted - wasted
All my life's been wasted
Sitting here in this room
I can never feel warm
I can get no release
It's all war and no peace

If I could see you through the wire
And just forget about tomorrow
Someone listen to what I am saying
I'm just a sad man another sad man.

If I could see you through the wire
And just forget about tomorrow
Someone listen to what I am saying
I'm just a sad man another sad man
Don't say I'm a bad man
'Cause I'm no bad man

They say it's wrong to set me free
I'll do no harm, 'Cause I'm no bad man



Leon/Leon
Released on MCA 40862, 1978. (USA)
White Label Promo

LEON
(Goodhand-Tait)

Leon came along
To see me on the road
He took the time to come backstage
And make himself known
And although we'd never been real close
As friends we'd shared some times
Worked the clubs once traveled music
Together for a while

Leon you've been away too long
The world ain't still the way it used to be
Leon you've been away too long
To turn your back now on your family

Tomorrow I'll be in Amsterdam
He smiled and shook my hand
Wished me all success
And I said try to understand
But I envy you he said
And I tried to share his loss
Told him how the road was still as
Tough as it was

Leon you're been away too long
The world ain't still the way it used to be
Leon you've been away too long
To turn your back now on your family

My plane flew into Amsterdam
And lying in my room
I heard the news how Leon died
That very afternoon
I telephoned my flowers
With some words I hoped were kind
With our backstage conversation
Still burning in my mind

Leon you've been away too long
The world ain't still the way it used to be
Leon you've been away too long
To turn your back now on your family...

SIDE TWO


One of the Boys/You Put Something Better Inside Me
Released on Polydor 2058 896, 1977. (UK)

ONE OF THE BOYS
(Gibbons)

He speaks with a terrible stammer
So he don't have much to say
But he can spit further than any punk
So nobody gets in his way.

He knows his generation like he knows his ABC
He's a kind of kid that don't get invited back for a Sunday tea
He's a face in the mirror he'll make you a fight.
But he's alright.

He's breaking out of nowhere
He's breaking all the rules
He's got a passion for the fashion
He's freezing all the the cools
He knows that you don't have to be that good,
to be a real bad cat
He's built with speed, 
guaranteed to show you where it's at
He's blowing all the speakers making his own noise.
One of the boys.

(Guitar solo)

You know he used to work in this factory
Until the big boss said "that's enough"
So he threw down his hammer and he picked up his coat
And he told the boss to get,
 Fff-f-frustration with the nation
Because the news is always bad
Life on the dole ain't no good for your soul
It's enough to drive a poor kid mad
So who's going to put him down for making his own noise.
One of the boys.


GIDDY
(P. McCartney)

My baby left me for another guy
She calls him Giddy but she don't know why
But if I catch them at it someone's going to pay
For making me feel so bad for so long
The feeling only just went away

But I don't feel sick
I don't feel so bad anymore
I got over it
I don't feel so bad anymore

Rode all night 'till I finally hit the daybreak
Rode all night 'till I finally hit the day
Rode all night 'till I finally hit the daybreak
When the sun comes up I'm gonna catch Giddy up

My baby left me for another guy
She calls him Giddy but she don't know why
But if I catch them at it someone's going to pay
For making me feel so bad for so long
The feeling only just went away

I don't feel sick
I don't feel so bad anymore
I got over it
I don't feel so bad anymore

Rode all night 'till I finally hit the daybreak
Rode all night 'till I finally hit the day
Rode all night 'till I finally hit the daybreak
When the sun comes up I'm gonna catch Giddy up


Say It Ain't So Joe/Parade
Released on Polydor 2121 330, 1977. (France)

SAY IT AIN'T SO, JOE
(Murray Head)

Say it ain't so, Joe please
Say it ain't so
That's not what I want to hear Joe and I've got a right to know.

Say it ain't so, Joe please
Say it ain't so
I'm sure there telling us lies Joe please tell us it ain't so.

They told us are hero has played his last trump card
He doesn't no how to go on.
Were clinging to his charm and he turned and smiled
But the good ole days are gone.

The army and the empire may be falling apart
And the money had gotten scarce.
One mans word held the country together
But the truth is getting fierce.

Say it ain't so, Joe please
Say it ain't so
We pend our hopes on you Joe and there ruining our show.

(Guitar Solo)

(Ooo Baby)
Don't you think where going to get back
(Ooo Baby)
Don't you think where going to get tired
Where going to get burned
Where going to get learned
Where going to get turned
Where going to get burned 
Where going to get burned
 Ooo learn
Turn
Burned
Ooo burned
Yea.....

Say it ain't so, Joe please 
Say it ain't so
That's not what I want to hear Joe please tell us it ain't so
Say it ain't so, Joe please 
Say it ain't so
I'm sure there telling us lies Joe and I've got a right to know

They told us are hero has played his last trump card
He doesn't no how to go on.
Were clinging to his charm and he turned and smiled
But the good ole days are gone.

The army and the empire may be falling apart
And the money had gotten scarce
One mans word held the country together
But the truth is getting fierce.

Say it ain't so, Joe please 
Say it ain't so
That's not what I want to hear Joe and I've got a right to know

Say it ain't so, Joe please 
Say it ain't so
They keep on telling us lies Joe please tell us it ain't so

Say
Say it ain't so
Say it ain't so
Cause I've got a right to know


SATIN AND LACE
(Courtney, Meeham, Daltrey)

Satin and lace
There before my eyes
Walking through a dream
Bearing no disguise
Holding out my hand
I've told my share of lies
But now I understand

Places I've seen
I've searched a million times
To find someone who knows
And understands my mind
No one can hurt me now
No need for me to hide

I've made it
I've played it
I've sang my songs to please them
I've seen them falling from the highest highs
They owned me
But they're lonely
They ended up with nothing
I took my chances and I learnt to fly
Fly away

Time after time
Tried to live with pain
Closed so many doors
But walked back in again
No one to turn and say
No one to show the way
And help me make the change

Satin and lace
There before my eyes
I know it's not a dream
But now that I've arrived
The time has come to see
The chains are gone - I.m free

I've made it
I've played it
I've sang my songs to please them
I've seen them falling from the highest highs
They owned me
But they're lonely
They ended up with nothing
I took my chances and I learnt to fly
Fly away

I've made it
I've played it
I've sang my songs to please them
I've seen them falling from the highest highs
They owned me
But they're lonely
They ended up with nothing
I took my chances and I learnt to fly
Fly away


DOING IT ALL AGAIN
(Courtney, Meeham, Daltrey)

Easy life don't go to fast
Before you know all the days have passed
Think before you make a move
If it's too late then you're bound to lose
I wasn't built for pain
But I'd do it again

Easy life take it slow
Now I've found the way to go
Moving on leaving the past
Easy life don't go to fast
It wasn't all the same
But I'd do it all again


WDK 2008

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