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The Who — The Song Is Over
Album: Who's Next
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Released: 1971
Length: 6:06
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The song is over
It's all behind me
I should have known it
She tried to find me

Our love is over
They're all ahead now
I've got to learn it
I'm gonna sing out

I'll sing my song to the wide open spaces
I'll sing my heart out to the infinite sea
I'll sing my visions to the sky high mountains
I'll sing my song to the free, to the free
I'll sing my song to the wide open spaces
I'll sing my heart out to the infinite sea
I'll sing my visions to the sky high mountains
I'll sing my song to the free, to the free

When I walked in through the door
Thought it was me I was looking for
She was the first song I ever sang
But it stopped as soon as it began

Our love is over
It's all behind me
They're all ahead now
Can't hope to find me

This song is over
I'm left with only tears
I must remember
Even if it takes a million years

The song is over
The song is over

Excepting one note, pure and easy
Playing so free, like a breath rippling by
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Reminds me of high school  in the early 80s... I haven't listened to this album all the way through in probably 20 years.... where did the time go?
 NeilBlanchard wrote:

Except I think it is Pete singing the verses.
 
Listen closer.
Echo & the Bunnymen (The Killing Moon) into the Who (Deceased Moon).  Not sure if it's intentional, but that's dark!
 rdechaine260 wrote:
 

So....uh...why did you post nothing?
 Randomax wrote:
I had forgotten just how excellent Daltrey's voice was (He can still sing but not like this).  And I'm not just talking about the excellent scream notes.....the softer notes are perfect pitch....thanks for the reminder Bill
 
Except I think it is Pete singing the verses.
I had forgotten just how excellent Daltrey's voice was (He can still sing but not like this).  And I'm not just talking about the excellent scream notes.....the softer notes are perfect pitch....thanks for the reminder Bill
Definitely one of the all-timers!  
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Great song by a great band off a great album.

 
You said it all
Oh, this voice!
Chills.
It's 1971 again.
Thank you RP.
Great song by a great band off a great album.
2
annoying, 
that racket in the background, is it some sort of electric kazoo?
Bloody fantastic! {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}Long Live Rock! Long Live the 'Orrible Who!
Who ever (little pun there) gave that drummer lessons? 
Jeez, what a wimpy off rhythm thumper.  

What is that, about a 12 on a scale of 8?  
Love The Who but not my favourite Who record. Townsend as writing punk songs 10 years before punk. This is the kind of record that makes Sid pick a guitar - in protest. 
always great to hear!{#Bananajam}

            My french girlfriend keeps telling me brink brink,
               Kinda strange, it's in the middle of the night.
aspicer wrote:
David R.I.P. - we lost one of the most creative genius' of our time today.  The first musician I am truly deeply saddened by their loss....

 

I so much second this...
David R.I.P. - we lost one of the most creative genius' of our time today.  The first musician I am truly deeply saddened by their loss....
My favorite part is when he says "This song is over" and then it isn't...and then he says it again.  Such teasing.
they just don't write em like this anymore.. {#Cry}
 I have tickets for Phila show 5/17.  Sure hope Roger's voice is back or we'll here lots of Pete singing!
 Jannne wrote:
                                          ...{#Clap} ....  introduced this iconic album to a bunch of 14 years olds just yesterday! 
                     I said "If you know anything about music you have to know this!" 
                                                                  Was I right?

 
Your not wrong
                                          ...{#Clap} ....  introduced this iconic album to a bunch of 14 years olds just yesterday! 
                     I said "If you know anything about music you have to know this!" 
                                                                  Was I right?
 coloradojohn wrote:
Wow, Time Machine...it's Spring of 1981...
I'm in my Cutlass, crying because The Song Is Over; she'd finished it; 'She was The First Song I Ever Sang/ but it stopped as soon as it began —' this song is on the new auto-reverse cassette deck, a big bowl of nice weed is in my hand, a dented six of Heineken Dark is in the cooler...E-School is not where I want to be, I realize, and it takes months, years to get free, but one thing is clear: The Song Is Over! 
 
Well said coloradojohn. I think most of us can relate.
And by the way, what a great song.
Wow, Time Machine...it's Spring of 1981...
I'm in my Cutlass, crying because The Song Is Over; she'd finished it; 'She was The First Song I Ever Sang/ but it stopped as soon as it began --' this song is on the new auto-reverse cassette deck, a big bowl of nice weed is in my hand, a dented six of Heineken Dark is in the cooler...E-School is not where I want to be, I realize, and it takes months, years to get free, but one thing is clear: The Song Is Over!  
 TerryS wrote:

Yes, that's why all the marks are on the slab, no-one has any bladder control any more.


 
(Note to self: do not sit next to TerryS...)   {#Whipit}
 oldviolin wrote:
I bought this record the day it hit The Record Bar, and had it memorized by weeks end...at the ripe old age of 16

 
Ha!  Try memorizing like that now.  {#Confused}
 oldviolin wrote:
I bought this record the day it hit The Record Bar, and had it memorized by weeks end...at the ripe old age of 16

 
:) I'm having fun singing along, it's been decades...
Wow, this is fun! 
I bought this record the day it hit The Record Bar, and had it memorized by weeks end...at the ripe old age of 16
 luca77 wrote:
I can't shake the feeling that this is what today's accountants and dentists listened to in their hippy youth while the cool kids were rocking out to Led Zeppelin.

 

So much condescension in this remark. 
Oh I love the new feature, where one can access the lyrics just by one clic! First try, on this song... Thank you!
 luca77 wrote:
I can't shake the feeling that this is what today's accountants and dentists listened to in their hippy youth while the cool kids were rocking out to Led Zeppelin.

 
You must be very young and very unfamiliar with 70's rock. The Who was in many ways considered just as cool as Zep, Beatles, whatever. Some of us never separated them much until later. While Zep and the Beatles today are probably remembered as superior bands, it sure isn't by much.  
Many, many times, this was in fact preceded or followed by some ripping riffs of Led Zep!
 luca77 wrote:
I can't shake the feeling that this is what today's accountants and dentists listened to in their hippy youth while the cool kids were rocking out to Led Zeppelin.

 
I think that we all listened to them both. Great music!
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Quality stuff from a truly stunning album. Every song is a winner.


 
Amen to that!! {#Cheers}
My day just got better.  
 
 luca77 wrote:
I can't shake the feeling that this is what today's accountants and dentists listened to in their hippy youth while the cool kids were rocking out to Led Zeppelin.
I'll never forget watching Kieth Moon play this live at Charlton ... years before you were born.


Can STILL take me back to tears falling, alone in my car, spring of '81, after my first truly serious love tossed my heart overboard...
I SING MY VISIONS TO THE SKY-HIGH MOUNTAINS...  
Thanks, Pete, Roger, John, Keith and RP!
 luca77 wrote:
I can't shake the feeling that this is what today's accountants and dentists listened to in their hippy youth while the cool kids were rocking out to Led Zeppelin.
 

Well, I listened to both, but I never had the desperate desire to be one of the cool kids.  Thank God.
 luca77 wrote:
I can't shake the feeling that this is what today's accountants and dentists listened to in their hippy youth while the cool kids were rocking out to Led Zeppelin.
 
The way I see it, the kids that were listening to this were the cool kids.
I can't shake the feeling that this is what today's accountants and dentists listened to in their hippy youth while the cool kids were rocking out to Led Zeppelin.
One of the 10 albums you take with you to a lonely island.

Edit: @ luca77 above: We were very cool. We listened to both! {#Dance}
 hallogallo wrote:


Who's Next = masterpiece


 
amen!
 kurtster wrote:

Only your body is old if you still like this song ...

{#Meditate}

 
Yes, that's why all the marks are on the slab, no-one has any bladder control any more.

 oldviolin wrote:

man I'm old...


 
Only your body is old if you still like this song ...

{#Meditate}

 GawgaBoy wrote:
 
I can't find it after a quick google search, but I heard the story that the band had taken exception to some statements Stanley Kubrick had made.  They saw the concrete and thought it looked like the monolith from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The stains expressed their opinion of Mister Kubrick.

but... I am getting older and the memory ain't what it used to be.

How about it Nottingham Jury?   Anybody? 

I've read about the "2001 monolith" inspiration before, but I'm not sure if they had any particular disdain for Kubrick or his work.

 




Who's Next = masterpiece




brutal
Not bad for 'just a singer'
Quality stuff from a truly stunning album. Every song is a winner.

"The Song is Over". Oh, if only it did what it said on the tin :(
While I've always liked The Who, I never considered myself a huge fan. That said, this may well be my favorite album of all time. Not sure how that happens?
Funny.. I was never really into these guys growing up.  But now I really enjoy them, and I'm anything but a 'classic rock' guy.  Weird....
Evokes a strong feeling everytime I hear this. Amazing tune.
{#Dancingbanana}Forgot how good this album is{#Dancingbanana}
 LPCity wrote:
I know that songs like this always bring back memories of good times in general (assuming that you like the song), but this song will always bring back a very specific memory that always makes me laugh and think of my Dad.

BTW, fantastic song off of the Who's greatest album.
 
Great story on a hidden treasure song, and you're right about this album. 

Only this cut and Love Ain't for Keeping out of the 9 songs on the original LP are not played regularly 40 YEARS LATER on classic rock radio.

 meltingptofTrees wrote:
not to be juvenile, but does the concrete on the album cover have recent piss stains from the band?  or are those just shadows?  {#Stupid}
 
 element1 wrote:

from wikipedia:

The album cover shows a photograph, taken at Easington Colliery, of the band apparently having just urinated on a large concrete piling protruding from a slag heap. According to photographer Ethan A. Russell, most of the members were unable to urinate, so rainwater was tipped from an empty film canister to achieve the desired effect.
  
I can't find it after a quick google search, but I heard the story that the band had taken exception to some statements Stanley Kubrick had made.  They saw the concrete and thought it looked like the monolith from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The stains expressed their opinion of Mister Kubrick.

but... I am getting older and the memory ain't what it used to be.

How about it Nottingham Jury?   Anybody? 



Seminal album.
I know that songs like this always bring back memories of good times in general (assuming that you like the song), but this song will always bring back a very specific memory that always makes me laugh and think of my Dad.

BTW, fantastic song off of the Who's greatest album.
 xkolibuul wrote:
I'm guessing it is on a slag heap in Sheffield.  I owned this album cover for years before I figured it out too.   


jimbaca wrote:


This picture looks like it was taken somewhere in Iceland.  I lived there and it looks vaguely familiar.
 

 
Photo was taken at Easington Colliery in the UK.

Yeah, I heard that geothermal hotsprings and concrete monoliths abound up there. 

jimbaca wrote:


This picture looks like it was taken somewhere in Iceland.  I lived there and it looks vaguely familiar.
 


 Vogelfrei wrote:
One could drink oneself blind to the sound of this album.
 
This album is the Who for me.!  Then there was Who Are You, which was also good.  Cheers to Bill!
I'm guessing it is on a slag heap in Sheffield.  I owned this album cover for years before I figured it out too.   


jimbaca wrote:


This picture looks like it was taken somewhere in Iceland.  I lived there and it looks vaguely familiar.
 

What a song, what an album.
The Who really were a force to be reckoned with for a few years there, back in the early/mid 70s.

This one has been killing me softly since I bought it at The Record Bar the day it was released.
One could drink oneself blind to the sound of this album.
 Steve wrote:
Quintessential Who.

Can't. Make. Rating. Go. Higher. Than. Ten!

 
Steve, I just love this post... Please, don't hurt yourself. Between your ten and my ten, it's got at least a twenty. {#High-five}
 guiguy wrote:
Man, I broke up with the love of my life last night, this song is killin me.
 

If she is indeed the love of your life, better hurry and get her back.  It only happens once...
 mandolin wrote:
...ohmigosh i just figured out the album cover...  {#Stop}
 

This picture looks like it was taken somewhere in Iceland.  I lived there and it looks vaguely familiar.
I have played this album more than any other album I own, and I own many.  The Beatles, of course, do not count.
Quintessential Who.

Can't. Make. Rating. Go. Higher. Than. Ten!

...ohmigosh i just figured out the album cover...  {#Stop}
{#Bounce}{#Meditate}{#Sunny} There are no words....  I love this.

man I'm old...


Man, I broke up with the love of my life last night, this song is killin me.
Saw Roger Daltrey a few weeks ago, touring with Eric Clapton.  Roger still has the energy and stage presence, alright.  I was gonna add that he's looking older these days, but I went to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, ... and I'll keep that comment to myself.
I wore this cassette out - twice. 
Albums don't get much better than this.

 keenevision wrote:
Oh yeah, I fell in love with my first girlfriend with this album on the turntable- yes, an LP disk with scratches and skips!
8^o
 
What a sweet memory to share.  Thanks.  :)

Really nice tune from a great album.  It has a nice little change from a gentle song (voice and piano) to a crescendo with guitar licks, etc.
Yes, this is a beautiful song.{#Meditate}
Oh yeah, I fell in love with my first girlfriend with this album on the turntable- yes, an LP disk with scratches and skips!
8^o
This album is just such a benchmark. This song also shows the Who to be so much more than just a rock 'n roll band.
 fingerpin wrote:

piss stains.
 
oh yeah, I just noticed that 3 of them are buckling their pants. 

 meltingptofTrees wrote:
not to be juvenile, but does the concrete on the album cover have recent piss stains from the band?  or are those just shadows?  {#Stupid}
 
from wikipedia:

The album cover shows a photograph, taken at Easington Colliery, of the band apparently having just urinated on a large concrete piling protruding from a slag heap. According to photographer Ethan A. Russell, most of the members were unable to urinate, so rainwater was tipped from an empty film canister to achieve the desired effect.

 meltingptofTrees wrote:
not to be juvenile, but does the concrete on the album cover have recent piss stains from the band?  or are those just shadows?  {#Stupid}
 
piss stains.
not to be juvenile, but does the concrete on the album cover have recent piss stains from the band?  or are those just shadows?  {#Stupid}
The song is over, right enough, at least for the Who-phobic Nottingham jury <click>
 VicEdee wrote:
somehow sounds very dated, now..........
 

On the other hand, this is probably the only song on the album that has not been played on radio and muzak ad nauseum.
...the nice thing about being as big as the who is that you can get away with experimenting in these sorts of indulgences without sabotaging people's estimation of your musical merit in the process...

...don't get me wrong, i like it, but a lesser band wouldn't have been able to get away with it...

{#Clap}{#Notworthy}
Love this song!{#Music}
I just don't think Pete should have bothered dabbling in major 7th chords.  It's kind of Who-Lite — like one of those transition songs on Tommy or Quadrophenia where you're waiting for the power chords to reenter.

 VicEdee wrote:
somehow sounds very dated, now..........
 
I think it's the keyboards...very synth.

 LastChance wrote:
One of the best albums, ever.
 
And one of the best album covers, ever.

 LastChance wrote:
One of the best albums, ever.
 

Agreed.
The boys could have "went"  to the other side of the concrete pillar at least.      {#Eek}
One of the best albums, ever.
What a fantastic set of music:

The Who
Echo and the Bunnymen
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Talk Talk

Thank You Bill! {#Clap}
somehow sounds very dated, now..........
Wow! A new Who song!
For R. Paradise anyway.
The music was very influential in my teenagehood....
God, I love this! One of the most heartbreaking openings ever. A near-perfect song from a near-perfect album.
Every song on this album is a gem!