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The Who — Won't Get Fooled Again
Album: Who's Next
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Released: 1971
Length: 8:27
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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 judgment 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 all flown in the last 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
For I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?

Yeah!

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!

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
Comments (570)add comment
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Fuck Donald Trump
 

are you saying you did?  or Would?

asking for a friend
 iloveradio wrote:
Won’t get heard again. RP, is this the only Who Song you know?
 
Uhh, no. I hear The Real Me and Pinball Wizard and Happy Jack and Bargain and others on occasion.  Readily provable.  Click the band name and read for yourself. 
Won’t get heard again. RP, is this the only Who Song you know?
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Fuck Donald Trump
 Under his thinking, that is not a job acceptable to  native born  'mericans.

Recuerdo perfectamente cuando conocí a The Who: fue el 13 de julio de 1985, en la transmisión de TV del Live Aid, justo con esta canción. Desde el primer segundo me atrapó.

If I could give this song an 11, I would.
Pure rock.
 Tomasni wrote:
8 Down to 7   so I skip
 
Skip, skip, skip  to my Lou, my Tomasni

I've happily rated this one a 9.  Long Live RP!!
 idiot_wind wrote:
Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.  
 
Yup. The way those drums break over the synthesizer bridge; impending, the way the drum rolls in the William Tell Overture hint at something to come. In this case, those drums are leading us to the most definitive scream in musical history.... 
 jhorton wrote:

Programmable Moog synth.
 
Actually, Pete's synth of choice was ARP back then. He was such a fan the company they used him in their advertising.


https://petetownshend.net/musicals/electronica



https://musicaficionado.blog/2019/01/30/arp-instruments-in-the-1970s/


It’s always the same Who song. My Generation is much better.
Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.  
It seems to me that praying not to get fooled again is a fool’s errand.
Check out this must-see rendition by The Who, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots, ... on "classroom" instruments:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks8s1hC9y7c
...  Pete Townshend on ukulele!
8 Down to 7   so I skip
Lowering my rating from 9 to  8     
All day with this gem of a song!
{#Arrowd}  That's Stormy's job.
Fuck Donald Trump
And the hypnotized never lie..............

Do ya?
Right Now Right ON!
Yes, I think  9 - O U T S T A N D I N G  
The marketing department of the pharmaceutical company I work for used this album cover image in a mock-up for a BPH drug.
 kingart wrote:

Put Bonham and Baker in that trio, but you're right. Oddly enough, all three had various, serious behavioral issues. You can always tell it's Moon, there is no mistaking his machine-gun precision. All Who fans love to play the air drums to this one. 

 


You might be interested in this short clip from "Beware of Mr. Baker". Ginger still thinks pretty highly of himself, but Clapton totally agrees. 


Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton insult John Bonham and Keith Moon



 iloveradio wrote:
There is a lot of great music from The Who. This is overplayed on RP.
 
Not in these times it ain't. 
And you need not be fooled. The PSD tab confers a form of relief and wisdom. 
There is a lot of great music from The Who. This is overplayed on RP.
10
Still pissy we have no "new constitution." 
The organ solo makes my hair stand on end...

Thank you  The Who and RP 
for   Won't Get Fooled Again

8 - Most Excellent  to me  maybe 9 ?


 idiot_wind wrote:
Its just that this song has the greatest drumming ever recorded. It's mesmerizing. No one else in recorded music history have ever come close to Moon's drumming on this one song. 

It's as if he has three arms and two heads, playing separate but together.

And then look at the guy. He doesn't look like the drummer.      

 
Put Bonham and Baker in that trio, but you're right. Oddly enough, all three had various, serious behavioral issues. You can always tell it's Moon, there is no mistaking his machine-gun precision. All Who fans love to play the air drums to this one. 
Meet the new boss, immeasurably worse than the old boss.
Its just that this song has the greatest drumming ever recorded. It's mesmerizing. No one else in recorded music history have ever come close to Moon's drumming on this one song. 

It's as if he has three arms and two heads, playing separate but together.

And then look at the guy. He doesn't look like the drummer.      
 kaybee wrote:
I know this song is played a lot on RP....but it's one of the few songs that I can never, ever, ever get tired of - it's that good, that timeless! 

And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight 

 
Damn skippy

Thank you  The Who
for  Won't Get Fooled Again

This is 8 - Most Excellent  to me  :-)


This song is really short on drumming and bass.    {#Eek}
great song, one of the greatest bands in rock history{#Guitarist}
I need to hear this more often. I screwed up air-drumming the solo. 
Ah to be 16 again.World of wonder; troubles plunder...
 LowPhreak wrote:
Fool me once, shame on you...



Fool me twice, shame on me...



Fool me three times...uh...won't get fooled again?


 
Not that I want to get into this, but it's funny in its fashion.  The Creator, it seems, isn't with a sense of....humor?  The generation who made this song their anthem went on to be fooled upwards of 3 TIMES since this song first hit the airwaves in 1971.  I'm on the tail end of that generation, but will freely admit that as smart as we proved to be - I point to all the modern tech that stems from us - we are also probably one of the most gullible and stupid generations to have come along in some time.  We won't get fooled again?  Nah....How about

Pogo's anthem is probably more apt....


Best scream in rock n roll.

 

The Who
Won't Get Fooled Again

is a STRONG 8 for me

 PSD PSD  :-)

 


I never liked the Who.  Sorry.  Just didn't.  
And this song has been on more than twice in the past 30.
 It's been given a one more than twice.  Maybe four times.

Born in 1966. This album was the first album I truly loved.
Fool me once, shame on you...



Fool me twice, shame on me...



Fool me three times...uh...won't get fooled again?



 kingart wrote:


Yes we were fooled. Hypnotized.  But "ripped off" would be a more accurate description than merely fooled.  A majority were not fooled.  I've had 3 letters published in replies to op-ed articles in the NY Times. 

Here's one: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/opinion/donald-trumps-lies-about-the-popular-vote.html?comments#permid=20636189 

 
Checked out your Times post—thank you! Congrats on the paper making it a Times Pick. 
 Stefen wrote:
One of the greatest lines in rock and roll:  

Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.

 
We can hope.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

{#Eek}  Sad but true!
(Fooled in a "HUGE" way.)

 

Yes we were fooled. Hypnotized.  But "ripped off" would be a more accurate description than merely fooled.  A majority were not fooled.  I've had 3 letters published in replies to op-ed articles in the NY Times. 

Here's one: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/opinion/donald-trumps-lies-about-the-popular-vote.html?comments#permid=20636189 
 Jeff09 wrote:
too late...we just did...
 
{#Eek}  Sad but true!
(Fooled in a "HUGE" way.)
too late...we just did...
Is a RP quota for who songs per week? Not that I don't like the tune, but I seriously think this is played about every 48 hours. 
{#Dancingbanana}{#Guitarist}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 LizK wrote:
kcar wrote:
During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations.
  
There is, or was, a website dedicated to the topic  "Why is David Caruso such a bad Actor?"  I could never watch CSI Miami, his posturing ruined the show.
 
Me too. I found his shtick unbearable.
https://www.mondointasca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/csi-miami.jpg
"And you thought Don Johnson chewed the scenery."
kcar wrote:

During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations. 

  

There is, or was, a website dedicated to the topic  "Why is David Caruso such a bad Actor?"  I could never watch CSI Miami, his posturing ruined the show.
I know this song is played a lot on RP....but it's one of the few songs that I can never, ever, ever get tired of - it's that good, that timeless! 

And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight 
Can't help but think of our Iraq invasion when I hear this..I've told myself 'I won't get fooled again', yet I continue to every time I vote..I love the rage that this song exhibits !  
Godlike and legendary, mythical, timeless, can I attach anymore adjectives to this song. Still rocks like a boulder!!!!
 kcar wrote:

During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations. 

 
Ha!  2nd Jack Lord reference for me this week.  

I was recently listening to a podcast with Al Michaels, who was on the orig. "Hawaii  Five-O" show in 1970 (playing a lawyer).  Irrelevant side note: his episode also features Christopher Walken!   

 Anyway, Michaels claimed that he was on the set one day for a three minute scene with the show's star, and Lord couldn't have been more of a pr*ck to the cast and crew!  (puts sunglasses back on)...

 
38 voted 1 for this, who are you? come on, I'll take y'all on {#War}
Last seconds....ehhh heh heh hah!
 Baby_M wrote:
I feel a sudden compulsion to utter a snappy one-liner and take off my sunglasses....



 
Caruso was a good actor on NYPD Blue but was in the wilderness for quite a while when the movie career didn't take off. During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations. 
In the early 80s not a big Who fan but my best friend bought us both tickets and saw them at the Cotton Bowl (Dallas) - life was never the same after that. Wow! What a show!
One of those songs you just have to turn up to 11
I saw The Who at Oracle Arena last month.  Great show, but Roger's voice is very limited.

Fairly certain they played a pre-recorded version of the original primal scream at the end of this song.  I was pretty bummed in the moment, but I've come to grips with the idea:)  Really, what are they supposed to do?  A man's gotta know his limitations...
Its the drumming!  Keith Moon had a third arm. It's the only way to explain it. 
In the context of 1971, Billboard says this was the 84th best song of the year:

1Three Dog NightJoy To The World2Rod StewartMaggie May / (Find A) Reason To Believe3Carole KingIt's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move4OsmondsOne Bad Apple5Bee GeesHow Can You Mend A Broken Heart6RaidersIndian Reservation7Donny OsmondGo Away Little Girl8John DenverTake Me Home, Country Roads9TemptationsJust My Imagination (Running Away With Me)10DawnKnock Three Times
https://www.bobborst.com/popculture/top-100-songs-of-the-year/?year=1971

Yes, it's true, Carly Simon, Donny Osmond and Cher all had better songs that year..... 
 dejapete wrote:
I think you hear little slips in organ notes because it's hard hitting precisely with the beat of the note-repeating-staccato-generating-organ-synth-thingee. Perhaps a music techie out there can explain it better, please.

 
Programmable Moog synth.
 idiot_wind wrote:
This is a question for all of you under 40: 

What RnR bands from the last 20 years can come close to this kind of sheer, jaw dropping, mezmerizing, crazy, creative, fun, bombastic, hooky, hypnotic songs...that sounds fresh today in 2015 as it did in the early 1970s (forty years ago)? 

A song that get played over and over and over....because it's soooo freaking good?   

Who?

(get it, ha!) 

 
EXCEPTIONAL ROCK MAN!!!  : )
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

No we don't.   Repeat after me "We will not lie, we will not lie, we will not..." Ah forget it. Idiot_Wind I now realise you are an Agent Provocateur or as we say over here "a stirrer".  I know the whole "play more Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire" is just your way or stirring it and that you really like the song you are commenting on. So in future all we have to do to crack your code is think the opposite to what you say - simple :)

  
dwhayslett wrote:

Idiot is cursed with a fairly narrow range of musical tastes, and likes to remind us of that as often as possible.

 
Sometimes you just have to stay upwind. 
When asked what my favorite song of all time is, this is it.
I feel a sudden compulsion to utter a snappy one-liner and take off my sunglasses....


Wicked song
This. Goes. To. Eleven.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

No we don't.   Repeat after me "We will not lie, we will not lie, we will not..." Ah forget it. Idiot_Wind I now realise you are an Agent Provocateur or as we say over here "a stirrer".  I know the whole "play more Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire" is just your way or stirring it and that you really like the song you are commenting on. So in future all we have to do to crack your code is think the opposite to what you say - simple :)

 
Idiot is cursed with a fairly narrow range of musical tastes, and likes to remind us of that as often as possible.
One of the greatest lines in rock and roll:  

Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Just listen to the drumming.

No no. just listen to the crazy power chords.

No, no, no...just listen to the bass groove in the chorus/refrain.

No, no, no, no, no, no, just listen to the mesmerizing organ. 

No, non ,no, no...just listen to the screaming RnR vocals.

No, no, no, no., no, no...just listen to the lyrics telling a story of revolt.

Ah...forget it. This song is only ho hum.  Please play more songs form the 21st century.  


And the hypnotized don't ever lie! Do ya!
  

 
No we don't.   Repeat after me "We will not lie, we will not lie, we will not..." Ah forget it. Idiot_Wind I now realise you are an Agent Provocateur or as we say over here "a stirrer".  I know the whole "play more Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire" is just your way or stirring it and that you really like the song you are commenting on. So in future all we have to do to crack your code is think the opposite to what you say - simple :)


                                          Fold

                            I stood still for a while at the
                         Very Center of Piazza Duomo.
                         I'd have known better than that
                             So not to make my home.
                               In some sacred place.

                    The pidgins didn't get fooled to the minimum
                      As they watch nomadic guess-what-next
                            Drama-queen among tourists
                             I'll be the one who cant't say    
                               Home away from home.
                                 

not watching that show again...
Just listen to the drumming.

No no. just listen to the crazy power chords.

No, no, no...just listen to the bass groove in the chorus/refrain.

No, no, no, no, no, no, just listen to the mesmerizing organ. 

No, non ,no, no...just listen to the screaming RnR vocals.

No, no, no, no., no, no...just listen to the lyrics telling a story of revolt.

Ah...forget it. This song is only ho hum.  Please play more songs form the 21st century.  


And the hypnotized don't ever lie! Do ya!
  
This album is about 44 years old.  My spouse and I were with our kids, and this song came on the MP3 player.

We remarked on the manic drumming of Keith Moon, and the foundational bass playing of John Entwistle, and the explosive power chords of Pete Townshend - and oh that Roger Daltrey scream!

It doesn't get much better than this.
This is a question for all of you under 40: 

What RnR bands from the last 20 years can come close to this kind of sheer, jaw dropping, mezmerizing, crazy, creative, fun, bombastic, hooky, hypnotic songs...that sounds fresh today in 2015 as it did in the early 1970s (forty years ago)? 

A song that get played over and over and over....because it's soooo freaking good?   

Who?

(get it, ha!) 
Hearing this song takes me to...

{#Cool}

...radio paradise...

YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
My high school graduation year favorite album. 
1971. Just unbelievable.
its been my ringtone since i could use mp3s as ringtones.   i still get fooled even with the regular reminders.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Definitely the song to jam at full volume! 
 
Great idea. Have some old Klipsch KG 5.5 behemoth speakers and sub as my PC speakers here at the office. Time to crank it up. Brings back fond memories of college days. Remember those huge starburst type sound-triggered displays? About two feet square? A friend had one and this was one of the tunes I recall looked interesting on it. Hmmm makes me wonder about those displays...

The organ solo/bridge is brilliant.
 Bksy wrote:
Guess these kids are okay....
 
Meh. They're alright, I guess. Baba O'Riley says so.

But who are you?
Guess these kids are okay....
Definitely the song to jam at full volume! This one can always get me doing a Keith Moon, or a wind-milling PT, or a screaming Daltrey. I remember hearing that the cover was a rub against Stanley Kubrick for turning them down on a request to do a Rock Opera-thing; the monolith was supposedly the one used in the filming of 2001 (made black for the movie). In any case, they protested mightily slyly well!
Next opportunity?
Playing air guitar, air drums, screaming at the top of my lungs. I'm the entire band for that moment, and I love it.
A1 PURE ROCK!!!      no wait, I mean FUKKIN' PURE ROCK MAN!!!  YAAAAA YAAAAAA YAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!  WOOO-HOOOOO!!!

the best   : ) 
 idiot_wind wrote:
This kids would be all right, if they only could get a decent drummer and a decent guitar player who can play decent power chords and a decent singer who can sing rock n roll. 

And they need to practice playing together. They just are not very tight. They play out of time and uninspired.  

 

 
How did Ralph Kramden put it; Well, hardy har har... {#Mrgreen}
 rdo wrote:

You and kcar live in close proximity...you started, out of the blue with a brand new screen name and completely unprovoked (I never responded to a post by you), to lead a troll-bot negativity campaign against me after I whupped old boy Kcar in an honest and polite debate...suspicious timing there...are you and that wuss Kcar related by chance?
 
Don't forget me!
This kids would be all right, if they only could get a decent drummer and a decent guitar player who can play decent power chords and a decent singer who can sing rock n roll. 

And they need to practice playing together. They just are not very tight. They play out of time and uninspired.  

 
 Humdrumhum wrote:
Thank you for playing it right through. What a blast from my youth.

 
{#Yes}
one of my first albums.

Cover art was ruined by a star-shaped "Nice Nice Price" emblem in the upper right corner. That emblem always pissed me off. The music more than made up for it. Brilliant.
{#Heartkiss} G O D L I K E (at least)
 oldfart48 wrote:


on top of the brain death? he is a  proven  idiot.

 
You and kcar live in close proximity...you started, out of the blue with a brand new screen name and completely unprovoked (I never responded to a post by you), to lead a troll-bot negativity campaign against me after I whupped old boy Kcar in an honest and polite debate...suspicious timing there...are you and that wuss Kcar related by chance?
Wow. Can't beat it
 govna wrote:
Man, I gotta get me one of those machines that go "BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba  BA BA BA BA BA  BA ba ba ba BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba  ba ba ba ba..."
 
https://www.literaryconnections.co.uk/resources/lamb.jpg
 S-curvy wrote:
As my Dear friend Dr. Evil would say, "Friggin' awesome!"

 
Alameda is lovely. World's best commute: Harbor Bay Ferry to Fisherman's Wharf:

 
 govna wrote:
Man, I gotta get me one of those machines that go "BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba  BA BA BA BA BA  BA ba ba ba BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba  ba ba ba ba..."  

...because it sounds awesome. 

 
You are so, so right.  And then Mr. Moon attempts to destroy his drum kit.  ROCK AND ROLL!
Man, I gotta get me one of those machines that go "BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba  BA BA BA BA BA  BA ba ba ba BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA BA ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba  ba ba ba ba..."  

...because it sounds awesome. 
As my Dear friend Dr. Evil would say, "Friggin' awesome!"
 Sawyer wrote:
not about this song...but my God, what a segue from Aaron Copland to The Who .... 

 
The segue from Vivaldi does not work as well . . .
 LowPhreak wrote:
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, umm...won't get fooled again."

Shrub: U.S. President as dumb as a small soap dish. His voters were even dumber.

 

YOU MEAN THE SUPREME COURT? W. NEVER WON AN ELECTION......
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, umm...won't get fooled again."

Shrub: U.S. President as dumb as a small soap dish. His voters were even dumber.
Thank you for playing it right through. What a blast from my youth.
 kcar wrote:

I hear a note of envy in your posts, rdo... ;=)




 

on top of the brain death? he is a  proven  idiot.
 rdo wrote:
{#Arrowd}  BOSH....The cover art displays a bunch of hooligans who should be locked up.  Woodstock was a bunch of spoiled whiney brats frolicking in the mud....  {#Lol}  {#Nyah}




 
I hear a note of envy in your posts, rdo... ;=)



 hayduke2 wrote:
piss on the stodgy blocks with set minds, ROCK OUT MAN!!! THIS SONG PURE OUT ROCKS!!!!

 
WHAT HE SAID! 
piss on the stodgy blocks with set minds, ROCK OUT MAN!!! THIS SONG PURE-OUT ROCKS!!!!

{#Arrowd}  BOSH....The cover art displays a bunch of hooligans who should be locked up.  Woodstock was a bunch of spoiled whiney brats frolicking in the mud....  {#Lol}  {#Nyah}



It's not too often you hear a microphone being overloaded by a vocal
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:

You are missing the point of this album...  think of it in the context of 1971, when the album was released...  the album promotes rebellion against authority...  "Meet the new boss— the same as the old boss"...  oh, the optimism of youth that "we won't get fooled again..."  hey— at least the young generation of Baby Boomers ended the draft, got the Civil Rights Act of 1964, created Medicare, gave women the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and created "women's liberation"...  etc...

in 1971, young people were drafted in the USA to serve in an optional and unnecessary war in Vietnam... the 1960's had gradually fomented the civil unrest that was a conglomerate of reactions to many forms of institutional injustice...  the USA had a president who eventually had to resign from office for being a criminal...

the cover of the album demonstrates the band's lack of respect for institutional authority...  this is a brilliant historical album, and I hope the young folks today get the message—  question authority rather than automatically worship it...

piss on the Tea Party, funded by the billionaire Koch brothers...

let's party!

 

love this marvelous song...  this album is one of the best of all time, and it will be forever...
 
 
I think you hear little slips in organ notes because it's hard hitting precisely with the beat of the note-repeating-staccato-generating-organ-synth-thingee. Perhaps a music techie out there can explain it better, please.
Monumental.

The whole friggin' album. What were they thinking?
Vivaldis four seasons and then the Who -

WIE GEIL IST DAS DENN!!!!!!{#Dancingbanana}  {#Jump}{#Sunny}