Words from the Prophet Townshend – Yep, We’re Getting Fooled Again

I don’t give a flying ikthus whether you’re conservative or liberal. I’m not interested in how great your particular God is or how sophisticated you are to supposedly not believe in one. I don’t care whether you think you’re a great songwriter/music critic/DJ or that your music or playlist is the s***. But please tell me where are the musicians who are, and the music that is, saying what needs to be said like what The Who sang in 1971!?!! Almost 50 years ago!!!!!

(A brief note: this song peaked at 15 on US Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. Currently, #15 is Delicate by Taylor Swift who used to be a good songwriter before she went all crossover, writing meaningless drivel like everyone else, and I’m sorry folks but look how far we have fallen in 50 years).

We are living in a moment when we must heed the words below. We need to blast them from speakers as loud as we possibly can in hopes that they will get through and be listened to.

Most of us are so stuck in the rut of what we think we believe that we are getting fooled again and again and again; reactionaries, mercenaries, missionaries…. visionaries? If this song doesn’t piss you off, you need to be.

My friends, this song more than any other for me right now is my mantra, because it reminds me to be very cautious about who or what I give my allegiance to and what new/old movement/march I choose to participate in. Because tomorrow it may be just the opposite. And will anything really have changed? “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” I could apologize for being so pessimistic but I won’t. What some folks call pessimism others might call wisdom. Although I don’t presume to be a wise man. I just can’t seem to get past the idea that we are mostly spinning our wheels and wasting our time protesting and resisting whatever someone has decided we need to be protesting or resisting today.

(It seems like all I can do right now is pick up my guitar and play and get on my knees and pray).

But enough of my rant. I present to you The Who. Disbelieve at your own peril.

We’ll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
The change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that’s all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain’t changed
‘Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again, no, no
I’ll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I’ll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?
Yeaah!
There’s nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again, no no
Yeaaah!
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
Songwriters: Peter Townshend
Won’t Get Fooled Again lyrics © Spirit Music Group

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