Friday, June 30, 2006

Songs I like - The Music Must Change (The Who)

And I wondered if then I could hear into all of your dreams...

The Who
A coin hits the ground and bounces, crystal in its piercing clarity, then the guitar starts to play. The Music Must change was released in 1978 by The Who and it still stands as one of my all time favorite songs. You can hear the singer walking and thinking about what music does and whether he's achieving anything with his song. The footsteps softly sound with the squeak of leather, wings flap as a startled bird flies away. And over it all, Roger Daltrey does his usual excellent job of selling the song like it's the most important thing he's ever done in his life - and with Pete Townshend's lyrics, it's hard to argue with that effort. The music is minimal, with the guitar having a small solo and then almost acoustic - level support for the keyboard and the singer. Great stuff.

Deep in the back of my mind is an unrealized sound
Every feeling I get from the street says it soon could be
found
When I hear the cold lies of the pusher, I know it exists
It's confirmed in the eyes of the kids, emphasized with their
fists

But the high has to rise from the low
Like volcanoes explode through the snow
The mosquito's sting brings a dream
But the poisons derange

The music must change
For we're chewing a bone
We soared like the sparrow hawk flied
Then we dropped like a stone

Like the tide and the waves
Growing slowly in range
Crushing mountains as old as the Earth
So the music must change

Sometimes at night, I wake up and my body's like ice
The sound of the running wild stallion, the noise of the mice
And I wondered if then I could hear into all of your dreams
I realize now it was really the sound of your screams

But death always leads into life
But the street fighter swallows the knife
Am I so crazy to feel that it's here prearranged?

The music must change
It's gets higher and higher
Smouldering like leaves in the 1
Then it bursts into fire

Its rhythm grows strong
It's so new and so strange
Like bells in the clouds, then again
The music must change

But is this song so different?
Am I doing it all again?
It may have been done before
But then music's an open door

Deep in the back of my is an unrealized sound
Every feeling I get from the street says it soon could be
found
When I hear the cold lies of the pusher, I know it exists
It's confirmed in the eyes of the kids, emphasized with their
fists

But the high has to rise from the low
Like volcanoes explode through the snow
The mosquito's sting brings a dream
But the poisons derange

The music must change
For we're chewing a bone
We soared like the sparrow hawk flied
Then we dropped like a stone
Like the tide and the waves

Growing slowly in range
Crushing mountains as old as the Earth
So the music must change!

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