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The Who — The Real Me
Album: Quadrophenia
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Total ratings: 1937









Released: 1973
Length: 3:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Can you see the real me?
Can ya?
Can ya?

I went back to the doctor
To get another shrink
I sit and tell him 'bout my weekend
But he never betrays what he thinks

Can you see the real me, doctor?
Doctor?
Can you see the real me, doctor?
Woah, Doctor

I went back to my mother
I said, "I'm crazy ma, help me"
She said, "I know how it feels, son
'Cause it runs in the family"

Can you see the real me, mama?
Mama?
Can you see the real me, mama?
Woah, Mama

Can you see
Can you see
Can you see the real me?
Can you see
Can you see the real me?
The real me
The real me

The cracks between the paving stones
Look like rivers of flowing rain
Strange people who know me
Peeping from behind every window pane
The girl I used to love
Lives in this yellow house
Yesterday, she passed me by
She doesn't wanna know me now

Can you see the real me?
Can ya?
Can ya?
Can you see the real me?
Can ya?
Woah, yeah

I ended up with a preacher
Full of lies and hate
I seemed to scare him a little
So he showed me to the golden gate

Can you see the real me, preacher?
Preacher?
Can you see the real me, preacher?
Preacher?

Can you see
Can you see
Can you see
Woah

Can you see the real me, Doctor?

Can you see the real me, Ma?

Can you see the real me?
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I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing in 1973 when a friend brought this to my house fresh from the record store, put it on and we sat in quiet, listening to front and back while coming down from a trip.  It was perfect.  So long ago... 
Nearly 50 years later, and still blown away that a band with a rhythm section such as Entwistle and Moon, with their "fills and runs and rolls" can sound so tight.  Remarkable.  LOVE IT!
Must be one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever. Hall of Fame stuff! Off the f'ing charts! 
John Entwistle at his best!
Slapping the bass!!!
It's the bass that really grabs me on this one...
This track is very good, but like everything The Who has done since “The Who Sell Out” should really be listened to in the context of the entire album.
Definitive rock and roll.  Just make this only tune of the Real Me Channel. 
The Ox; one of the all-time greats!

 doobes wrote:
LOL! Years ago in the days before the innerwebs when I lived in New Orleans, I was a faithful listener of WTUL, the radio station broadcast from the basement at Tulane University.

Every year, they would have a fund raiser call the "Rock-On Survival Marathon".  It was a 72 hour ordeal with three DJ's and listeners would call in and pledge $5 for a song, and $25 for an album side.

There was always a challenge for 4 people to get together and pledge $100 to hear all of Quadrophenia uninterrupted. We always got it done at least once during the event.

Good times!
 

That is the best thing ever!  I'm only thankful that my husband found Radio Paradise as I've found the radio stations in Boston SUCK!  At least in LA and SF they had some decent non-corporate radio but here?  Nothing with decent reception...
Can ya?
LOL! Years ago in the days before the innerwebs when I lived in New Orleans, I was a faithful listener of WTUL, the radio station broadcast from the basement at Tulane University.

Every year, they would have a fund raiser call the "Rock-On Survival Marathon".  It was a 72 hour ordeal with three DJ's and listeners would call in and pledge $5 for a song, and $25 for an album side.

There was always a challenge for 4 people to get together and pledge $100 to hear all of Quadrophenia uninterrupted. We always got it done at least once during the event.

Good times!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Can never forget how this sounded blasting at The Smith House (three unrelated roommates named Smith shared it) that night in the Summer of '81 that turned into a three-day party...While tossing a Frisbee out on the street (basing myself as close to the keg on the porch as possible, of course) in front, I started belting out lines from this song...It was the first time somebody honored me with an "Oh, you're just such a total Who Freak!" Not minutes later, Mark (one of two of The Smiths there by that name, of course) had THIS spectacular cut cued up and ripping at 11, and then we ALL jammed our bodies and brains out to it. And in the second morning of that one of many perfectly lost but well-spent weekends, as we all woke up and immediately hit the keg — I was at E-school in Rolla, MO, not far from St. Louis, and so it was, like, cheaper than water (and yes it used to be much better, even at those prices before worldwide mass-market greed and ignorance took over) — it was THIS RECORD that was played (although we all serenaded each other with "I woke up this morning and I got myself A BEER!").  Every few hours, it seemed appropriate to play more Who. Once you get a taste for that balls-out rock-rush, that heart-on-your-sleeve angst-release, well...you're hooked, and then, you just gotta have it. Nothing close!
THE WHO ROCKS PARTIES better than any other band, hands down. The hardest part of all is NOT getting The Cops called...

 
Holy crap CoJo!  Another story of yours that, while I read it, I was thinking "hmmm, this sounds A LOT like something that happened to me!"  Of course, I'm a bit younger (15 years or so?) than you, so the technology of how we played music is a bit different, but that's exactly what I like about The Who; it's gotta be played LOUD and PROUD.  I remember one party we had (Seattle's UDist) when cops showed up because of a noise complaint (bastards, it was a Saturday night!) at 1am and 50+ drunks and me got told "you're OK, just turn the music down a bit" which we did for a minute and once the cops left the area it was "turn it back up to 11!!" and so it was so (and it was Communication Breakdown at that)

LONG LIVE RP!


Can never forget how this sounded blasting at The Smith House (three unrelated roommates named Smith shared it) that night in the Summer of '81 that turned into a three-day party...While tossing a Frisbee out on the street (basing myself as close to the keg on the porch as possible, of course) in front, I started belting out lines from this song...It was the first time somebody honored me with an "Oh, you're just such a total Who Freak!" Not minutes later, Mark (one of two of The Smiths there by that name, of course) had THIS spectacular cut cued up and ripping at 11, and then we ALL jammed our bodies and brains out to it. And in the second morning of that one of many perfectly lost but well-spent weekends, as we all woke up and immediately hit the keg — I was at E-school in Rolla, MO, not far from St. Louis, and so it was, like, cheaper than water (and yes it used to be much better, even at those prices before worldwide mass-market greed and ignorance took over) — it was THIS RECORD that was played (although we all serenaded each other with "I woke up this morning and I got myself A BEER!").  Every few hours, it seemed appropriate to play more Who. Once you get a taste for that balls-out rock-rush, that heart-on-your-sleeve angst-release, well...you're hooked, and then, you just gotta have it. Nothing close!
THE WHO ROCKS PARTIES better than any other band, hands down. The hardest part of all is NOT getting The Cops called...
The daddy of all bass players.
 unclehud wrote:
Don't care how old you are — or how young — this will get your blood pumping.  Let's go trash a few hotel rooms ......

 
YEAH BABY WWOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO!!!   (oh man owww! aiee yi yi there goes my back, oooof)
 hanssachs wrote:
So how come there hasn't been anything near as good for the past FORTY YEARS? Dammit I'm old ...

 
Because you've convinced yourself that there hasn't been, and cannot be "anything near as good for the past FORTY YEARS".  Wait, what sort of a knucklehead answers rhetorical questions?  Great song, at any rate - killer rhythm section.
{#Propeller}
Don't care how old you are — or how young — this will get your blood pumping.  Let's go trash a few hotel rooms ......
So how come there hasn't been anything near as good for the past FORTY YEARS? Dammit I'm old ...
A powerful song with powerful lyrics. 
That base guitar is incredible! {#Guitarist} 
 tulfan wrote:
Being a Who fan explains much of my hearing issues today...

 
{#Music}  Way too much of this.


True angst, pure rocknroll, Townsend is an underrated genius and Roger can belt out a tune. I really liked Quadraphenia too and Tommy was a wonderfully strange acid trip on film.
 dragon1952 wrote:
John Entwistle was about as crazy on bass as Moon was on drums.

 
moon
 tulfan wrote:
Being a Who fan explains much of my hearing issues today...

 
What? Whaaat?
Being a Who fan explains much of my hearing issues today...
This is where everything I love about The Who come together in an explosive song.  Aggressive, troubled lyrics, and incredible bass playing.
This will wake up the house
 Citizen225 wrote:
This song is the reason my stereo goes to 11.

 
You can put it on any setting you want, and this tune'll drive it up to 11 on its own.
REAL!!!
 Awesome, the louder the better : ) 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Ain't it great how The Ox owns the position of Lead Bassist among the pantheon of Rock Gods?! There is no equal for him (or Moonie)!

 
Even Pete said he was the lead guitarist in the band.
 jsd52756 wrote:

Isn't there a line in a Who song about, "He owns a GS scooter with . . . ."  ?

 
It's "I ride a GS Scooter with my hair cut neat...", from "I've Had Enough", which is also on the Quadrophenia album.
One of their finest!
 moodfood wrote:

 or even Sir Paul... Entwhistle was the epitome of "thunder fingers" 

 
Rather partial to the late great Lemmy and his 'lead rhythm' bass technique myself. 
Another one off player who made the bass his own.  
THE OX!
I partied with The Who in Houston at the Galleria Rooftop Ballroom after their concert in November of 1975.  I have all of their autographs from that night. The highlight was waiting in line behind a Chick who was having Keith Moon autograph her breast.  Hot child in the City ...
 treatment_bound wrote:

Anybody up for a RUMBLE in BRIGHTON?
  
   

 
Isn't there a line in a Who song about, "He owns a GS scooter with . . . ."  ?
Why is this monster genius slice of r & r not at least a 9? 
 
 prophetzarquon wrote:

Not Jack Bruce then? or Chris squire?

 
Listen to these bands one after the other  Cream,Yes  and the Who.  

Listen to Cross Roads with Clapton, Bruce Baker and then listen to a tune like this.  It's like lightening in a bottle.
Same with Squire and Bill Bruford.  
 dragon1952 wrote:
John Entwistle was about as crazy on bass as Moon was on drums.

 
On some songs they have the synergy of CREAM with Bass/ Guitar and Drums all firing like some well tuned engine. 
Quadrophenia > Schizophrenia
John Entwistle was about as crazy on bass as Moon was on drums.
Posted: Jan 23, 2016 - 07:50
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 LowPhreak wrote:

Yeah, but I always thought Ox stayed too far up the neck through most of this track, it doesn't have much real bottom end. He should have stayed a few frets lower IMHO.

 
Agreed.  Good call.
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I think it's perfect how it is. If he went lower it would have gotten all 'muddy'. Where he is in this, gives it some grip.
Very nice! 
 prophetzarquon wrote:

Not Jack Bruce then? or Chris squire?

 
 or even Sir Paul... Entwhistle was the epitome of "thunder fingers" 
 coloradojohn wrote:
Ain't it great how The Ox owns the position of Lead Bassist among the pantheon of Rock Gods?! There is no equal for him (or Moonie)!

 
Not Jack Bruce then? or Chris squire?
 LowPhreak wrote:

Yeah, but I always thought Ox stayed too far up the neck through most of this track, it doesn't have much real bottom end. He should have stayed a few frets lower IMHO.

 
Agreed.  Good call.
 treatment_bound wrote:

Anybody up for a RUMBLE in BRIGHTON?
  
   

 
Me Scoo-er, me blo-ee, scoo-er!

 coloradojohn wrote:
Ain't it great how The Ox owns the position of Lead Bassist among the pantheon of Rock Gods?! There is no equal for him (or Moonie)!

 
Yeah, but I always thought Ox stayed too far up the neck through most of this track, it doesn't have much real bottom end. He should have stayed a few frets lower IMHO.


Ain't it great how The Ox owns the position of Lead Bassist among the pantheon of Rock Gods?! There is no equal for him (or Moonie)!

Anybody up for a RUMBLE in BRIGHTON?
  
   
 CaffeineSam wrote:

I think that was the point.

Or I just expect people to be much more intelligent than they really are...

   
No, it was not the point of the post I was responding to. If you've read any of "idiot_wind"s  other song comments you'd see that wasn't his point - he was sarcastically understating the musicianship on this recording (from 1973), not composing a current-day want-ad for the benefit of Peter Townshend.  He incessantly writes a similar sentiment for just about every classic rock tune, usually comparing the song he's commenting on to songs by The Foo Fighters or Arcade Fire. It's all good, sarcastic fun, and the bass and drums on this track do kick ass.
I will always LOVE the way the bass angrily growls and burbles while the jet-engine machine-gun stun-grenades of Keith's wild drums punctuate in alternation and syncopation with Pete's mad guitar slashes, and WOW, can anyone else scream in-tune like Roger does?
 MassivRuss wrote:
That's an interesting segue from Beck. Only at Bill & Becky's joint.
 
But it works so well   {#Roflol}
Bill, did you really fade out this song today? This is not the RP I used to listen to.
If you look up rock 'n roll in the dictionary (for those of you under 30, Wikipedia on paper), you will find The Real Me!  {#Bananajam}
This song is the reason my stereo goes to 11.

 Proclivities wrote:

Yes they could now, especially since the ones from this recording are both deceased.

 
I think that was the point.

Or I just expect people to be much more intelligent than they really are...
Entwhistle and Moon absolutely slay on this piece.  
 Proclivities wrote:
Yes they could now, especially since the ones from this recording are both deceased.
 
{#Think}  You make a good point.
3 in a row from Quadrophenia !  Can we give Bill a 10 ?
This entire album is just awesome.  They just needed to pay a bit more for a good recording.....
The Ox is loose again!
Truly unbelievable, how well this has stood the test of time — and how it has described and marked the changes in The Real Me over the years. I recall how in 1980, in my '73 Cutlass with super-bad Jensens and new cassette deck, it BLEW MY MIND and SAID IT ALL!
 idiot_wind wrote:
geez...this band sure could use a decent bass player and a drummer. 

 
Yes they could now, especially since the ones from this recording are both deceased.
 idiot_wind wrote:
geez...this band sure could use a decent bass player and a drummer. 

 
A'yuh. 
geez...this band sure could use a decent bass player and a drummer. 
Some songs are just WOW
best of those days {#Fire}{#Bananajam}
You ain't seen nothing from Entwhistle until you've seen this solo on 5:15:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRflGVcRxCI
The Who at the peak of their powers, firing on all cylinders.
Damn, when they were good, they were REALLY good!
Interesting that the bass and drums are the foreground with Daltrey's vocals...guitars by Townshend is a mere support here. No solos...nothing. Kind of genius planning.
Holy shit ~ Did Entwhistle re-mix this!!!!!??
Stunning.
Pete always said The Ox was the lead guitar in the band.
PS Entwhistle on the horns too!
This one should be rated about "25"
 janac13 wrote:
Entwhistle's bass lines are sooooo good....{#Bananajam}
 
That's some crazy-ass bass......love it.
Entwhistle's bass lines are sooooo good....{#Bananajam}
 kingart wrote:
Moon's drumming was a precision weapon. Incredible high caliber machine gun power. One of the very greatest rock and roll tunes.  It practically defines rock and roll. 

 
Well said. {#Cheers}






10 + 10. 
Off the meter rock and roll.  
{#Bananajam}
Just about as solid and good a rock song as could ever be written. {#Dancingbanana_2}
9 → 10
 unclehud wrote:
Entwhistle's bass is KILLER!!  (edit)
 
Totally. When I used to crank this stuff up back in highschool, I don't think I really appreciated Entwistle's genius, but when I listen to it now . . . wow. Maybe my fave rock bassist.
 Vergon wrote:
Without a doubt a great, bass, drums, the who song from killer album....!
 

I never liked Daltry's singing. Too bombastic, but I guess that was the point. I can hear the rest of the greatness though.
Two monster drummers in a row: Foo and the Who.

F the man, I am wailing on the air drums!!!
Without a doubt a great, bass, drums, the who song from killer album....!
 PhoenixArtDj wrote:
Check out this tributary. Eddy V loves Townsend, so they are pretty faithful. Mike McC channeled his inner Who

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6KdvOIq4SM

Enjoy. 

 
Damn.  That was good.  Eddie did a better Daltrey than Daltrey often does!   Ament was spot on too.
Always condsired this to be one of the best bass songs of all time. Kind of summarizes the Who - guitar, drums, and in this case, bass going wildly off in every direction. 
 drictor wrote:
Already rated it a 10 -- where's the 11?

 
ditto
This song ROCKS! Go King John!!!
Entwhistle's bass is KILLER!!  Jumping, dancing, shouting, and screaming: "CAN YOU SEE THE REAL ME, ME, ME, ME, ME?!?!"
It's kick ass, throw the table over and jump time, baby!!! Volume way up and let your hair down!!!
Already rated it a 10 -- where's the 11?
 ziakut wrote:
The bass God has entered. Yeah baby!!!!!
 
I'm a drummer and I play with a VERY good bassist, but whenever I hear John Endwistle I just MELT. Pure genius who for me at least defines what this instrument is all about. Too many bassists are just guitarists playing octaves lower. That's not bass.

Marcin Bruczkowski
www.marcin.bruczkowski.com


Moon's drumming was a precision weapon. Incredible high caliber machine gun power. One of the very greatest rock and roll tunes.  It practically defines rock and roll. 
No way to ever forget the impact of THIS one!  I recall how, while still in Engineering School, I had done a stay-over after an all-night rager at The Smith House — three and sometimes four unrelated guys named Smith shared it — the morning after, as we struggled awake and were pleased to find some beer still left in the keg in the ice-tub, Mark S put this on the collective stereo and CRANKED IT...  I'd heard it before, and was even known as "a Who freak" but never on such a superior system at such an incredible volume.  It woke everyone up, for real, and it also inspired another day and night of full-on partying.  Can't easily forget the memory of us shaking our fists and screaming along to this one, and chugging mightily in between, to the phenomenal beat of that Boss-like bass. THE OX!
 This is how to give a slow Wednesday a kick-start! Thanks!!!
John Entwhistle was bass heaven on earth. Now on earth as it is in heaven.
 
subdude wrote:
Boy am I glad you invented the PSD button. I used to like the Who, until you played them to death!
 
Ridiculous hyperbole.  Does no one any good here.
 jhorton wrote:
{#Drummer}

 
OK .....it's a ten ... This whole set .. Now quit that drumming ! Some of us are trying to sleep.....
{#Drummer}
The bass God has entered. Yeah baby!!!!!
That's an interesting segue from Beck. Only at Bill & Becky's joint.
What bass playing! 10 on that count alone.
Great back to work song, love the bass line.  The Who at their best...
Check out this tributary. Eddy V loves Townsend, so they are pretty faithful. Mike McC channeled his inner Who

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6KdvOIq4SM

Enjoy. 
 subdude wrote:
I used to think the Who were pretty good. Please let a day go by without them. I am now sick of them. They must have been very important for you when you were growing up.
 



You see, right there, that's where you're losing out. Had you accepted The Who's greatness in the first place you could now claim to only "like" them after so many listens. Instead you're "sick of them," which is a sucky position to be in, cause you're probably going to hear a lot more Who for the rest of your life.
The ultimate ROCK song.
 Poacher wrote:
Possibly the best bass performance on a recorded song. . . ever

Possibly the best drum performance on a recorded song. . . ever 

Can I just mention I live a short walk from the Twitten photographed on the cover shot? 

 

Agree. Cool thought to have the guitar be the rhythm for a change, and let the Keith and John play leads.
Boy am I glad you invented the PSD button. I used to like the Who, until you played them to death!
I agree with you Sub.
With so much new music, why does this play all the time?

 
subdude wrote:
I used to think the Who were pretty good. Please let a day go by without them. I am now sick of them. They must have been very important for you when you were growing up.
 


I used to think the Who were pretty good. Please let a day go by without them. I am now sick of them. They must have been very important for you when you were growing up.
The 'Oooooo!! 

Rates '9' at least.
My ears aren't quite bleeding yet - think I need louder speakers
Great Friday night Who!!!
One mixed-up youth.
Yes I did have a parka/cagoule/donkey jacket and ride a Lambretta Li 150. Unfortunately for my equilibrium, I preferred the Stones over the Beatles, perhaps because I went to school with Keef, never really knew him though.
Mainly liked Folk and Jazz for live events (cheaper) and classical (free)
The Who, however, were right up my street when it became time to put a 45 on the record player stack..
.Still mixed-up today, but I still like the Who.

Bring IT! Unless you were live...Bose was the second best. The Who brought it.
 
Possibly the best bass performance on a recorded song. . . ever

Possibly the best drum performance on a recorded song. . . ever 

Can I just mention I live a short walk from the Twitten photographed on the cover shot? 

The studio version of Quadrophenia is one of my favorite all-time albums, and this sequence  ("I Am the Sea", "The Real Me", "Quadrophenia") is from that, rather than the Soundtrack as shown here.