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The Who — Love, Reign O'er Me
Album: Quadrophenia
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8.3

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Total ratings: 3932









Released: 1973
Length: 5:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Only love
Can make it rain
The way the beach is kissed by the sea.
Only love
Can make it rain
Like the sweat of lovers
Laying in the fields.

Love, reign o'er me.
Love, reign o'er me, reign o'er me, reign o'er me.

Only love
Can bring the rain
That makes you yearn to the sky.
Only love
Can bring the rain
That falls like tears from on high.

Love, reign o'er me, reign o'er me, reign o'er me.
Love, reign o'er me, reign o'er me, reign o'er me.

On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spend apart alone
I need to get back home to cool cool rain.
I can't sleep and I lay and I think
The nights is hot and black as ink
Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain.
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One of their best songs which never gets played on the radio
 bruceandjenna wrote:
Damn it.  One great song after the other.  I got work to do.

And a great big WAAAANG at the end.  
 
Exactly what kind of work do you do?
 SmackDaddy wrote:

FFS it's LYnYrd SkYnYrd. 
 
Calm down dear, it's a stupid name.

....

Rog has really blown that voice out now, no wonder.
 keenevision wrote:
Saw The Who during their "Quadraphenia" Tour. 
Outstanding! Btw, Lynnard  Skynard was the opening act at the old Boston Garden. 
 
FFS it's LYnYrd SkYnYrd. 
Such an influential song in my youth. 
Thank you for playing this song today, Mr. Bill. It never fails to go deep and remind those long out of the "intense feelings everywhere all the time!" stage of life that they still... have a few. Kinda. Thewiseking will know what I'm talking about. 
Damn it.  One great song after the other.  I got work to do.

And a great big WAAAANG at the end.  
January 2019.  It’s supposed to rain for two days straight in Southern California.  I like to think Bill knew what he was doing when he programmed this track today.  :-)
and if only they had been able to find a decent guitarist they could've been quite good. Daltrey was the master of the big scream, the one in Won't get fooled again is better imo.... just
 h8rhater wrote:

Idiotwind?...  Is that you?
 
LOL!  I was wondering the same thing ;-)
 kingart wrote:
They always needed a more expressive singer and a more thunderous drummer. 

 
Idiotwind?...  Is that you?
 kingart wrote:
Very subtle drums. You can hardly hear them. 
 
Yeah, Keith Moon was kinda timid, wasn't he?
That's one of the best screams in rock and roll!
 ambrebalte wrote:

It rains today, this song is forest to me, brings me a few years back to an ineffable momentum of love, when it is just about to happen but everything is still wrapped in mystery and wonders

 
Thank you, ambrella. Thank you.
 
...and thanks to the Who for inspiring this comment.
{#Devil_pimp}still zesty !
Great segue from Jackie Wilson' Higher and Higher! Hard to believe there's only 6 years between these songs, the recording and production techniques really went though some major changes during that time frame.
The Who didn't always hold my interest....I loved Quadrophenia, every bit of it
fine
Great powerful song...
 kingart wrote:
I psd'd from a lovely but dull Tori Amos snoozer to this incomparable and rapturous thunder. 
Thanks, R.P. 
I owe you a few bucks.
 
". . . incomparable and rapturous thunder."
Nice one, kingart!  {#Cheers}
 tiare wrote:
Great song, from a great film. Does it still hold up today, some 42 years later? Why; yes it does! 

Thanks! 

 
Good God it HAS been 42 years!  No it's been 44 years!  Seems like yesterday, and it still sounds magnificent.
 number7 wrote:

They have it all.
Under rated for the most part.
Simply amazing song writing and execution, sublime.
As time goes on they have come from behind and are now in my top 5!!!

 
I psd'd from a lovely but dull Tori Amos snoozer to this incomparable and rapturous thunder. 
Thanks, R.P. 
I owe you a few bucks. 
 kingart wrote:
They always needed a more expressive singer and a more thunderous drummer. 

 
They have it all.
Under rated for the most part.
Simply amazing song writing and execution, sublime.
As time goes on they have come from behind and are now in my top 5!!!



It rains today, this song is forest to me, brings me a few years back to an ineffable momentum of love, when it is just about to happen but everything is still wrapped in mystery and wonders
They always needed a more expressive singer and a more thunderous drummer. 
 VV wrote:
Only 8.4? This is nothing short of Godlike!!!

 
Completely agree.   Only love...
Dammit.  Already rated this a ten, so I can't kick it a little higher.

And thanks, Bill, for playing them together.   (The Rock and Love Reign)
God, I need a drink.
Only 8.4? This is nothing short of Godlike!!!
  beyond epic.. {#Cheers}
Exceptionally Epic : )
Really is an epic song
Next question...
Funny, was never a fan 'back in the day' but now I really appreciate this band.
 jimtyrrell wrote:
An over played song from an over hyped band. 6

 
Hey, Dr Jimy - yeah you - jimtyrrell - hey, look up here..
I see, you continue to be a deeweeb-a-da-wibble 
That's mod for no mind{#Beat}
 melzabutch wrote:


 
Brilliant tune.


Very subtle drums. You can hardly hear them. 
  jimtyrrell wrote:
An over played song from an over hyped band. 6

 Skydog wrote:

you are generous, I gave it a 2

 
Can you not feel the POWER!?  Da POWAAAAHH!!! 

This bad boy has it all.  Angst. Soul. Strings. Bombastic percussion.  Power vocals.  Screaming guitar.  Screaming vocal.  The engine is at high revs here, baby!! 

Time to get off the Valium and wake up to what you shovelin'.
 jimtyrrell wrote:
An over played song from an over hyped band. 6

 
Ha ha...The Who is over-hyped? They don't need no stinking hype.
Brilliant song. Solid 8.
 jimtyrrell wrote:
An over played song from an over hyped band. 6

 
you are generous, I gave it a 2
 campru wrote:
HAHAHA Is Radio Paradise offline again - hope this track doesn't repeat for 7 hours! ;)

 
since that day I can no longer listen to this song
 Ishwara wrote:
Love Daltreys singing 
Eveything else feels like toothache to these ears  

 
You do have a point. But the toothache isn't that bad for me. ;-) 
An over played song from an over hyped band. 6
HAHAHA Is Radio Paradise offline again - hope this track doesn't repeat for 7 hours! ;)
 thediceareloaded wrote:
Thanks to a glitch in the matrix, this song was playing nonstop on radio paradise today on my WLAN radio. I like that song and appreciate it - I am just glad, that rp is back to normal. On Twitter, me and another guy where seriously concerned - one theory was that this song was sort of a dead men's switch after a break up or something {#Zip-lip}

 
haha yeah that was a special day
I had many thoughts about what happened too 
Love Daltreys singing 
Eveything else feels like toothache to these ears  
Yeah, i think i may be the other guy from Twitter. Now each time i hear this song on RP i fear that something's wrong over there :)
Thanks to a glitch in the matrix, this song was playing nonstop on radio paradise today on my WLAN radio. I like that song and appreciate it - I am just glad, that rp is back to normal. On Twitter, me and another guy where seriously concerned - one theory was that this song was sort of a dead men's switch after a break up or something {#Zip-lip}

              
            
              Manuscript apart miniseries, and  fairies.
               Maybe I am on a street with no name.
              Love, Reign O'er Me  shortscuts no ice
Waiting for my man, he'll take me to hard rock coffee in Tokyo.
      Only some short change in my hand, and some yen.
Very nice, Bill. Keep it raining!
Great song, from a great film. Does it still hold up today, some 42 years later? Why; yes it does! 

Thanks! 
Bombastic, pretentious, hell, I even sympathize with fredriley's comments.

Still have it rated an 8 though.  {#Cheesygrin} 
Keith Moon is so brilliant in that song, like in everything he did!
wow I love this Who song

Saw The Who during their "Quadraphenia" Tour. 
Outstanding! Btw, Lynnard  Skynard was the opening act at the old Boston Garden. 
This song always stops me in my tracks.  Thanks Bill!
Brilliant.
 AvoidingWork wrote:

Whaaa ha ha ha!!  "Won't get food again!"  I will never be able to hear that song the same way again.  Can't wait to hear it so I can apply the lyrics to that concept.

Thanks for the laugh. 

 
Eat the new sauce. Same as the old sauce.
Damn. I tried to sing along at the opening and now there's rain on my face.
Dang. You're listening to music, not running for a bus. There's no hurry. Let it play and enjoy the time.

You can't judge a novel based on a paragraph, or a page. Character development takes time.

Quadrophenia is about character development and - the album makes it clear - the adolescent who can't decide who he is and where he fits in the world. You can't express that idea quickly if you want folks to understand its depth and frustration and...eventually...the elation of choice.
Timely, since the storm just ravaged its way down my street like a battering ram.  Quite a light & sound show here in DC.
{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2}Yes yes yes! Thanks Bill.!
This song just kicks.
 fredriley wrote:

I have precisely the opposite sentiments. The song ruins the very relaxing rain at the start of this number. I wonder if there's a mix with just the rain?

I couldn't bear the Who back in their day, when all my intellectual sixth form mates thought they were the dog's bollox, and my feelings haven't changed a jot. Seminal, groundbreaking, innovative - I can understand all those adjectives, but the sound just grates on me and the lyrics have the declarative pomposity of a political pundit. One classic band I'll have to go to my death bed without ever 'getting'. And it's away off to PSD land...

 
New lyrics for this tune:
Looooooove!  P——S——D!
 colt4x5 wrote:

In other words, if I don't have the same sophisticated taste you have, I should simply slink away?

For the record, I also grew past "Bridge Over Troubled Water" — another simplistic and overwrought anthem. But I don't hold it against you that you haven't.

 
At least now we know who could possibly give this epic track a 1.  Looking over your list of 10's vs. 1's there appears to be no rhyme or reason to which great rock classics will get slagged by you.  You have not grown... you've warped.

Time to climb back under your rock in your scree field.
oh god I need a drink, of cool cool rain.. {#Yes}
Back at cha! WOOOO WHO! 

hempmandan wrote:
I was teetering but this song is on point. Happy Valentines Day!
 


I was teetering but this song is on point. Happy Valentines Day!
Powerful masterpiece - one of the greats.....but RP is wearing it out - seems I hear it a couple times a week and its losing some of its power.  Less is more!
I have to say, I never really got The Who; don't hate them, just never really got them. OK, a few of their songs might make me change the radio but some of them are pretty damned beyond reproach. This is one of those, I must confess.
 jhorton wrote:

That's okay FlatCat, that just means you're a slow learner.

Nothing to be embarrassed about. Like your mom says, that's what makes you, " Special." 

 
What was the lowest form of humour my mother told me about?
One of the all time great rock and roll songs and the perfect choice for a rainy night on Jubilee Street. {#Guitarist}
I love how every instrument, including Daltrey's craggy voice, is made to dance, cry, sing, and scream in this sublime eternal classic...
There is a lot of bombast in this song, particularly at the end.  Doesn't bother me a bit.
 admascott wrote:
Who gives this song a 1 rating?  or anything less than a 7? 
those people should listen to am radio 

 
In other words, if I don't have the same sophisticated taste you have, I should simply slink away?

For the record, I also grew past "Bridge Over Troubled Water" — another simplistic and overwrought anthem. But I don't hold it against you that you haven't.
Probably mentioned this before, but to lazy to look to see if I commented earlier, one of my most favorite concert moments was at a Who concert  at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park NY back during there original fair well tour in 1982 and it started to rain and a you could tell they changed the play list to play this right then.
 jhorton wrote:

Pete says he wrote WGFA in direct response to the band's appearance at Woodstock. They had been led to believe the festival was all about love and peace blah blah blah, but what they really saw was all about drugs and commerce. He said that when he looked out from the stage it appeared as if America had gone completely and totally mad.

Meet the new boss. 

 
I'm puzzled by this comment. Is this from Townsend's biography? It sounds kind of naive. "...what they really saw was all about drugs and commerce." Umm, love and peace may have been the ostensible or idealistic or illusory front half of rock and roll, but it's hard to believe anyone would not think dope and money was the back half.  What forces did the Who f'in credit with getting them to that that or most other stages in the first place? 

But of course America has gone completely and totally mad.  Who Are You?, indeed. 
 Stratocaster wrote:
Their song about being homeless ("Won't Get Food Again") and this one are the only 2 Who songs I like.

 
Personally, I like a lot of The Who's material, not this tune so much, but your substituting the word "food" for "fooled" in the song title and then creating a different song meaning is pretty funny.  What's also funny is that only one other person acknowledged your joke while others tried to explain what the song is actually about.
 Stratocaster wrote:
Their song about being homeless ("Won't Get Food Again") and this one are the only 2 Who songs I like.

 
Pete says he wrote WGFA in direct response to the band's appearance at Woodstock. They had been led to believe the festival was all about love and peace blah blah blah, but what they really saw was all about drugs and commerce. He said that when he looked out from the stage it appeared as if America had gone completely and totally mad.

Meet the new boss. 
 FlatCat wrote:

Well, I've been listening to RnR for 50 years. Give me a few more years and maybe I'll "get" it. But in my current state of development, this piece is ponderous, pretentious, and interminable.

 
You say that like it's a bad thing.
 fredriley wrote:

I have precisely the opposite sentiments. The song ruins the very relaxing rain at the start of this number. I wonder if there's a mix with just the rain?
 
Fred, you want rain? Have I the album for you:

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 _Donna wrote:
Love the song...but pretty tired of the rain.  (Fort Collins, Colorado)

 
I have precisely the opposite sentiments. The song ruins the very relaxing rain at the start of this number. I wonder if there's a mix with just the rain?

I couldn't bear the Who back in their day, when all my intellectual sixth form mates thought they were the dog's bollox, and my feelings haven't changed a jot. Seminal, groundbreaking, innovative - I can understand all those adjectives, but the sound just grates on me and the lyrics have the declarative pomposity of a political pundit. One classic band I'll have to go to my death bed without ever 'getting'. And it's away off to PSD land...
 Stratocaster wrote:
Their song about being homeless ("Won't Get Food Again") and this one are the only 2 Who songs I like.

 
Whaaa ha ha ha!!  "Won't get food again!"  I will never be able to hear that song the same way again.  Can't wait to hear it so I can apply the lyrics to that concept.

Thanks for the laugh. 
 woodificould wrote:
Perhaps, maybe, quite likely, the very best rock song ever performed.

 
Yes. {#Drummer}
Perhaps, maybe, quite likely, the very best rock song ever performed.
 Rick_V wrote:
Stone cold classic. Possibly my favorite song by The Who. There's an element of drama to this tune that is amazingly powerful.
 
Daltrey just gives 'er!
As I'm listening to this, it's pouring down rain outside. Perfect!
 Stratocaster wrote:
Their song about being homeless ("Won't Get Food Again") and this one are the only 2 Who songs I like.

 
With all due respect, "Won't Get Fooled Again" is not about homelessness. Rather is seems concerning not getting co-opted by demagogues and activist hucksters as had happened in the recent past of the song. Still as true today as it was after all the demagoging and huckstering of the '60s.
 FlatCat wrote:

Well, I've been listening to RnR for 50 years. Give me a few more years and maybe I'll "get" it. But in my current state of development, this piece is ponderous, pretentious, and interminable.

 
Must disagree with all due respect {#Group-hug}
Stone cold classic. Possibly my favorite song by The Who. There's an element of drama to this tune that is amazingly powerful.
 jhorton wrote:
If you don't give that a score of 10, you JUST DON'T GET ROCK 'N ROLL!
 
Well, I've been listening to RnR for 50 years. Give me a few more years and maybe I'll "get" it. But in my current state of development, this piece is ponderous, pretentious, and interminable.

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 Stratocaster wrote:
Their song about being homeless ("Won't Get Food Again") and this one are the only 2 Who songs I like.

 
It beggars the belief that you could like these 2 tunes by The Who and no others.
 jhorton wrote:
If you don't give that a score of 10, you JUST DON'T GET ROCK 'N ROLL!

 
What he said!!!!
If you don't give that a score of 10, you JUST DON'T GET ROCK 'N ROLL!
 bev wrote:
This song. This song...it just slays me. It conjures an emotional surge from deep within me...every time I hear it. I have to close my eyes and absorb it. It stops me cold for the entire length of the song and for sometime thereafter. It hits me somewhere in my heart.

 
And in response to the rather negative comments that followed this quoted one:  THANK YOU RP, THANK YOU.

There are a few "Godlikes" out there, not too many as that dilutes the definition, but this one gets it.  I only ask that every so often, RP do the radio-risky (or is that radio-risque?) and play this full side of Quadrophenia.  Contemporaneous to this album, there are a bunch of albums, that were conceived as albums or single works of art, not just as a bunch of willy-nilly songs, and they are best experienced when played as entire sides or albums.

Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepps, Dark Side of the Moon, Peter Gabriel's Passion, a number of Dire Straits albums, a variety of Prog Rock albums (Tull, Yes, Roxy Music, etc.), David Byrne's work, and Moody Blues all come to mind when I think of albums,  composers, and musicians that were/are sophisticated enough to follow this tack, where the music creation could rightly be compared to the creation of novels vs. quick magazine articles.  Yes, this approach is also more demanding of the listeners, as we are intellectually compelled to commit to many ideas, musical themes, and symbols for far longer than pop-music pablum demands.

Pete Townsend in particular delved deeply into this album model, with even Who's Next being initially conceived of, but not totally completed as another of his 4 or more rock operas.  I am a huge fan of Who's Next and would seriously dig an album side from that one.

So Who's Next?
Their song about being homeless ("Won't Get Food Again") and this one are the only 2 Who songs I like.
This song sucks big time. The Who have made much better music
thank you
This song. This song...it just slays me. It conjures an emotional surge from deep within me...every time I hear it. I have to close my eyes and absorb it. It stops me cold for the entire length of the song and for sometime thereafter. It hits me somewhere in my heart.
{#Drummer}{#Drummer}{#Drummer} .... a truly groundbreaking album 
 admascott wrote:
Who gives this song a 1 rating?  or anything less than a 7? 
those people should listen to am radio 

 


A true masterpiece for the ages..
epic song
Le Magnifique! , in terms of  inner message- ....
I saw them perform this live at Rich Stadium, NY in the 80s. It began raining lightly and only during this song. Daltrey commented, "How appropriate". It was a perfect moment that I will always remember. There is definitely good music since, but this is big.
This song still is as great to me as it was the first time I heard it.
I remember when this album came out. it was excellent then and has held up well... 40 years later! That's greatness.
Yes Yes Yes !!! What more can you say.. 10+
take no prisoners
The one benefit of having this on CD is you don't have to keep turning the record over because you want to hear the whole damn thing without interruption. Somehow I got birthday cake on the front of the album and the icing has never come off..cool!! Sorry to sound like an old fart, but they don't make it like this anymore.  Does anyone have a modern day comparison to this classic?  I'm waiting....I'm waiting....
I've enjoyed the Who live better than the Stones and this is one of their classics
No comment.
Don't know why I had this rated 9.  10+
 unclehud wrote:
Still raises goosebumps.

 
{#Sunny}Chilling!!
I was getting ready to set my "godlike" rating for this most excellent of songs, when I realized I was on a different computer than normal, so I went to log in and had to looked up my password I set in 2006 or so and wattayano the password was basically from this song {#Dancingbanana_2}
 kingart wrote:

To counter that, I'm going to resubmit my 10. This level of singing, drumming, imagery and passion makes this track a thing of rare rock beauty.  CRANK IT. 

 
You nailed it Your Highness (I bow, Sir)
10+ cuzit's:
Exceptionally bombastic!
Super dooper heavy!
to the gods screamy!!!

 
Who gives this song a 1 rating?  or anything less than a 7? 
those people should listen to am radio