Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pete Townshend- SLIT SKIRTS


Yesterday I went to a Hungarian deli in New Brunswick to get some stuffed cabbage and chicken paprikas for dinner tonight. I waited in line for a long time, and while getting impatient and tired of waiting to be served, lo and behold....this old gem from Pete Townshend comes over the radio. And I haven't been able to get it out of my mind for the past 36 hours.

Love Pete, love THE WHO, and love this song.



"I was just thirty-four years old and I was still wandering in a haze
I was wondering why everyone I met seemed like they were
Lost in a maze

I don't know why I thought I should have some kind of
Divine right to the blues
It's sympathy not tears people need when they're the
Front page sad news.

The incense burned away and the stench began to rise
And lovers now estranged avoided catching each others' eyes

And girls who lost their children cursed the men who fit the coil
And men not fit for marriage took their refuge in the oil
No one respects the flame quite like the fool who's badly burned
From all this you'd imagine that there must be something learned

Slit skirts, Jeanie never wears those slit skirts
I don't ever wear no ripped shirts
Can't pretend that growing older never hurts.

Knee pants, Jeanie never wears no knee pants
Have to be so drunk to try a new dance
So afraid of every new romance

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Romance, romance, why aren't we thinking up romance?
Why can't we drink it up true heart romance
Just need a brief new romance

Let me tell you some more about myself, you know I'm sitting at home just now.
The big events of the day are passed and the late TV shows have come around.
I'm number one in the home team, but I still feel unfulfilled.
A silent voice in her broken heart complaining that I'm unskilled.

And I know that when she thinks of me, she thinks of me as him,
But, unlike me, she don't work off her frustration in the gym.

Recriminations fester and the past can never change
A woman's expectations run from both ends of the range

Once she walked with untamed lovers' face between her legs
Now he's cooled and stifled and it's she who has to beg

Slit skirts, Jeanie never wears those slit skirts
And I don't ever wear no ripped shirts
Can't pretend that growing older never hurts

Knee pants, Jeanie never wears no knee pants
We have to be so drunk to try a new dance
So afraid of every new romance

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Romance, romance, why aren't we thinking up romance?
Why can't we drink it up true heart romance
Just need a brief new romance"


SLIT SKIRTS by Pete Townshend- from the album "All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes"

Click here for the Official Website of THE WHO

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just heard this song on the radio, for the first time in probably 20 years. I Googled the lyrics and found your post, and just wanted to agree. What a great song, and how tremendously nostalgic to hear it after all this time.

Anonymous said...

Pete Townsend has been and will always be my light house to my spiritual journey. Back some 25 years ago, I was very lost in drug addiction. I was in some very serious trouble.

By the grace of G-d, I began studding Pete's lyrics. His spiritual obsession led me to Merher Baba.
I began to realize that when I admit that I know nothing I avail myself to knowing everything. Such as Pete continually conveys in his writing.

Thank you Pete and thank your for sharing yourself, ups and downs with us. Chinese Eyes is an exceptional
work of enlightenment.

(Mr) Bill said...

Pure and easy: Townshend is a genius, and this song is proof.

Bobo said...

rityI heard this song on the radio a week ago and had to get a copy of the album. When you really listen to what he's saying and how important it is to any man that is aging, this song is incredible.
Open up your heart and share your pain, but most importantly, share your love and romance!

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