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The Who — Getting in Tune
Album: Who's Next
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Released: 1971
Length: 4:41
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I'm singing this note 'cause it fits in well
With the chords I'm playing
I can't pretend there's any meaning here
Or in the things I'm saying

But I'm in tune
Right in tune
I'm in tune
And I'm gonna tune
Right in on you
Right in on you
Right in on you

I get a little tired of having to say
"Do you come here often?"
But when I look in your eyes and see the harmonies
And the heartaches soften

I'm getting in tune
Right in tune
I'm in tune
And I'm gonna tune
Right in on you (right in on you)
Right in on you (right in on you)
Right in on you

I've got it all here in my head
There's nothing more needs to be said
I'm just bangin' on my old piano
I'm getting in tune to the straight and narrow
(Getting in tune to the straight and narrow)
Getting in tune to the straight and narrow
(Getting in tune to the straight and narrow)
Yeah, I'm getting in tune to the straight and narrow
(Getting in tune to the straight and narrow)

I'm singing this note 'cause it fits in well
With the way I'm feeling
There's a symphony that I hear in your heart
Sets my head a-reeling

But I'm in tune
Right in tune
I'm in tune
And I'm gonna tune
Right in on you (right in on you)
Right in on you (right in on you)
Right in on you

Baby, with you
Baby, with you
Baby, with you
Baby, with you
Baby, with you

I've got it all here in my head
There's nothing more needs to be said
I'm just bangin' on my old piano
I'm getting in tune with the straight and narrow

Getting in tune to the straight and narrow (repeat)
Comments (82)add comment
 mattcol99 wrote:
Anyone Noticed that World Party sampled the Middle8 section, in the song "Sunshine" ?
 
Yes! And I thought I was the only one!
Never looked up the lyrics before - I thought he was singing "Ridin' on you."
Anyone Noticed that World Party sampled the Middle8 section, in the song "Sunshine" ?
 hayduke2 wrote:
ATTENTION ALL IMAGE AFFECTED PARTIES:
Look for a new film by Roddy Bogawa titled:  "Taken by Storm: The Art Of Storm Thorgerson"
or wikipedia Storm Thorgerson for time trip visual delights

 
parrothead wrote:


As a kid when I first saw this album cover and knowing that the band was from England, it gave me the urge to go to the UK and piss on Stonehedge.
 

 

GETTIN IN TUNE FOLKS  : P  (pass the doob : )
Such a great song and this group sounds better than ever live. I got to see them perform at Desert Trip and Daltry was amazing. Thanks RP for the context and continuity of the music of my generation. I love the new stuff and the old still stands~
WOW. How great is THIS SONG? Brought tears to my eyes back in the day...and you know what? Firing up the pipe, another beer, ya!
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Image result for daffy duck says corny

 AAGG wrote:
With so many fantastic musicians out there who get virtually no air time, RP chooses tired old classics from The Who, Pink Floyd, etc., again and again. All the old bands who may be nice to hear from once in a blue moon but not so darn often. Aren't RP listeners open to new music—something they haven't heard a million times?

 
Just to state the obvious: I'm listening to RP for the sole reason of being open to new music. RP is maybe the only place I have yet found, where I can hear music I haven't heard before, that doesn't immediately cause my ears to bleed and my teeth to fall out. And that includes some of that tired old classics I never bothered to listen to.

That said, sometimes even I get the feeling that there's a lot of Pink Floyd being played here ;-)
 NickDanger wrote:
This. Entire. Album.
 
Is. Awesome.
This. Entire. Album.
 AAGG wrote:
With so many fantastic musicians out there who get virtually no air time, RP chooses tired old classics from The Who, Pink Floyd, etc., again and again. All the old bands who may be nice to hear from once in a blue moon but not so darn often. Aren't RP listeners open to new music—something they haven't heard a million times?

 
You must be new here.  {#Rolleyes}  Bill does a GREAT job of mixing classic with new, familiar with fresh. I've discovered boatloads of new artists and new songs - and deep, deep tracks from established acts - here on RP.

And, um, YES. RP listeners are open to new music. I feel stupid even having to say that. {#Stupid} 
With so many fantastic musicians out there who get virtually no air time, RP chooses tired old classics from The Who, Pink Floyd, etc., again and again. All the old bands who may be nice to hear from once in a blue moon but not so darn often. Aren't RP listeners open to new music—something they haven't heard a million times?
{#Bananapiano}
Me:."if you come over tonight bring some records"
Friend:."okay"
Me:."but no Who"
.
this song brings back memories{#Cheesygrin}
 
They don't write lyrics like this anymore {#Bananajam}'''Fantastic''!!
My father's favorite song... he says every time he hears it, he can remember it being 1971, he's just gotten out of the US Army without a scratch, he has a lot of money, a VW Van, all of Europe before him, and not a care in the world. This was his soundtrack to youth and freedom.
 suesblues wrote:

yeah, the album cover looks really derivative.  However this is about the best WHO song I've heard.....fresh still (to me)

 
Derivative of which other album cover exactly?
It's like the Replacements never played....
 MassivRuss wrote:
John Entwistle's bass line... aaaahhhhhh.

{#Bananajam}

 
The Ox was arguably one of rocks best bassist.  There is a reason he always stood off the the side while the rest of them trashed the stage.
Great bass line!!!
Eternal rocking testament! Ode to Be Yourself! Best bassist ever! Killer views into Pete's symphonic landscape of searching and angst!
This song need a line which says:

I can piss in tune, in June, under the moon, straight and narrow against the cold grey concrete of your new religion.

Oh well a lost opportunity. 
 sirdroseph wrote:
One of the Who's finest tunes.

 
From one of the finest albums ever made.
{#Yes}  now we're getting somewhere.. {#Cheers}
 mem_313 wrote:
sigh... The Who. Religious almost.

 
bump
One of the Who's finest tunes.
Miss those 5 minute drum solos.

gettin in tune to the straight and narrow.... 
 maxmox wrote:
Droll album cover...



 
Do you remember Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey?
Nice to hear, but I see "Going Mobile" hasn't been played for over one year, Bill!
 maxmox wrote:
Droll album cover........who's{#Nyah} next to take a leak ?



 
yeah, the album cover looks really derivative.  However this is about the best WHO song I've heard.....fresh still (to me)
 kcar wrote:
 
 
lemmoth wrote:

A quick look at Fred's lowest rated tunes reveals a dozen GREAT SONGS BY SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS EVER 
i suggest anyone planning to reply to Fred take a look.   Then we can all ignore him because he clearly lives in a different world than we do.   Here's a VERY SMALL sample of Fred's pans:




Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room! 

War Room scene in the movie Dr. Strangelove
Plenty of room for everyone here. De gustibus non disputandum est, baby.  

Personally, I find this song kinda dated and labored now. Maybe it's that 34th beer. 

 

 
kcar, this is a pretty funny post.  I like it a lot.  You have made some fairly stunning accusations about me on other songs.  You have been stalking me around the comment board for many months now, accused me of "picking fights" accused me of logging in with multiple screen names to "stimulate discussion" as if that were some sort of criminal activity.  I certainly agree logging in under multiple screen names, passing your self off as someone who you are not, is a pathological behavior that must be condemned.  But I must ask you, what exactly is the offense in "stimulating discussion" on an Internet comment board about music.  Are we supposed to come here and not discuss?  Are we supposed to come to the comment board and stare at blank white spaces?
Droll album cover........who's{#Nyah} next to take a leak ?


Will someone....pleeeease....stop me from........arrrrrrrghhhhhhhh.........{#Bananapiano}

So embarrassing to do that right smack in the middle of the office.  Heh!

Highlow
American Net'Zen
John Entwistle's bass line... aaaahhhhhh.

{#Bananajam}
Wow,
Just one of those timeless tunes that echo down the halls of eternity. I'm glad to be in this one. 
Always good to hear this!
Love this song! 
Thank you hugger.
 QuestionMark wrote:
Can somebody tell me the piano player on this most wonderful tune ?
 
Nicky Hopkins
Can somebody tell me the piano player on this most wonderful tune ?
 Cynaera wrote:
Okay - I think Bill is tapping into my mood - it's been pretty weird (read the journal) and all I want is music that will relax me, soothe me, make me happy and keep me from going dark (you wouldn't like me when I'm dark.)  So far, he's hit the nail on the head with me.  Sorry if it doesn't work for everyone else here, but hey! You'll get your space. That's the beauty of RP - everyone eventually gets their time to shine.

I'm just glad my time came now, because right now, all I have apart from this wonderful music is a small bottle of geranium/peppermint essence that's supposed to help my inner knowledge, peace of mind, and calming. At this point, if it could stop me from shaking, I'd be the baddest pirate on the ship.
 

Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace...
 
 kcar wrote:
 
 
lemmoth wrote:

A quick look at Fred's lowest rated tunes reveals a dozen GREAT SONGS BY SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS EVER 
i suggest anyone planning to reply to Fred take a look.   Then we can all ignore him because he clearly lives in a different world than we do.   Here's a VERY SMALL sample of Fred's pans:




Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room! 

War Room scene in the movie Dr. Strangelove
Plenty of room for everyone here. De gustibus non disputandum est, baby.  

Personally, I find this song kinda dated and labored now. Maybe it's that 34th beer. 

 
 
Ain't this a HOOT!
ATTENTION ALL IMAGE AFFECTED PARTIES:
Look for a new film by Roddy Bogawa titled:  "Taken by Storm: The Art Of Storm Thorgerson"
or wikipedia Storm Thorgerson for time trip visual delights

 
parrothead wrote:


As a kid when I first saw this album cover and knowing that the band was from England, it gave me the urge to go to the UK and piss on Stonehedge.
 


Roger's vocals are the perfect rock voice.  Ever.
I'm not sure whether my positive response to a song like this — from my college years — is a response to the song itself, or to the pleasant memories evoked from hearing it again.


 fredriley wrote:
Right, so this is a song about writing a song with meaningless lyrics? Navel-gazing recursion. Just when you think The Who can't get any more irritating, they suddenly do. Time for a tea break...
  

 
lemmoth wrote:

A quick look at Fred's lowest rated tunes reveals a dozen GREAT SONGS BY SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS EVER 
i suggest anyone planning to reply to Fred take a look.   Then we can all ignore him because he clearly lives in a different world than we do.   Here's a VERY SMALL sample of Fred's pans:




Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the War Room! 

War Room scene in the movie Dr. Strangelove"
Plenty of room for everyone here. De gustibus non disputandum est, baby.  

Personally, I find this song kinda dated and labored now. Maybe it's that 34th beer. 

 
 lemmoth wrote:

A quick look at Fred's lowest rated tunes reveals a dozen GREAT SONGS BY SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS EVER 
i suggest anyone planning to reply to Fred take a look.   Then we can all ignore him because he clearly lives in a different world than we do.   Here's a VERY SMALL sample of Fred's pans:

1 - The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
1 - Paul Simon - Mother And Child Reunion
1 - Tom Waits - Downtown Train
1 - Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
1 - George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun (Live)
1 - Grateful Dead - Truckin'
1 - John Lennon - Watching The Wheels
1 - XTC - Senses Working Overtime
1 - The Who - The Song Is Over
1 - Radiohead - No Surprises
1 - Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
1 - Van Morrison - Sweet Thing
1 - Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
1 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Carry On
1 - Neil Young - The Needle And The Damage Done
1 - The Who - Baba O'Riley


 
Congrats.  Yours is the worst post I have ever read on RP.
 lemmoth wrote:

A quick look at Fred's lowest rated tunes reveals a dozen GREAT SONGS BY SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS EVER 
i suggest anyone planning to reply to Fred take a look.   Then we can all ignore him because he clearly lives in a different world than we do.   Here's a VERY SMALL sample of Fred's pans:

1 - The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
1 - Paul Simon - Mother And Child Reunion
1 - Tom Waits - Downtown Train
1 - Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
1 - George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun (Live)
1 - Grateful Dead - Truckin'
1 - John Lennon - Watching The Wheels
1 - XTC - Senses Working Overtime
1 - The Who - The Song Is Over
1 - Radiohead - No Surprises
1 - Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
1 - Van Morrison - Sweet Thing
1 - Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
1 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Carry On
1 - Neil Young - The Needle And The Damage Done
1 - The Who - Baba O'Riley


 
To ignore a regular commenter because he/she doesn't like the same songs you do is rather egotistical, don't you think?  Yes, Fred has his own opinions about songs, and that's why I appreciate reading them. When he hates a song that I love, I don't ignore him for it! Give me a little time, and I'll probably ridicule YOU about your "1" choices - but I won't ignore you. I feel your comment was small-minded and incredibly self-centered - as if we should all let YOU dictate whether or not we like a song, or even Fredriley's opinion of it.

Get over yourself - you are not the be-all and end-all of choice here. Neither am I. Neither is Fred. Neither is any one person here. Personally, apart from a few of his choices, I tend to agree with Fred's opinions, although I probably wouldn't have given them a "1."  Now - let's move right along, because there are actual TROLLS out there who need bashing.  Bigger picture.... know what I mean? {#Wink}
 lemmoth wrote:

A quick look at Fred's lowest rated tunes reveals a dozen GREAT SONGS BY SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS EVER 
i suggest anyone planning to reply to Fred take a look.   Then we can all ignore him because he clearly lives in a different world than we do.   Here's a VERY SMALL sample of Fred's pans:

1 - The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
1 - Paul Simon - Mother And Child Reunion
1 - Tom Waits - Downtown Train
1 - Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
1 - George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun (Live)
1 - Grateful Dead - Truckin'
1 - John Lennon - Watching The Wheels
1 - XTC - Senses Working Overtime
1 - The Who - The Song Is Over
1 - Radiohead - No Surprises
1 - Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
1 - Van Morrison - Sweet Thing
1 - Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
1 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Carry On
1 - Neil Young - The Needle And The Damage Done
1 - The Who - Baba O'Riley


 
Wow... now there's an indictment.  The Nottingham Jury is a kangaroo court!!

be the sign
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
I duck my head, as I blurt out, "Bleh!"
 
Only a 9 for Zep's "Rain Song"?  Shame on you. Don't duck - it's a show of weakness. The Who are an area of weirdness - they inspire greatness and they create havoc. In between, their music makes sane people go over the Western slopes and change political affiliations. Don't worry. Your "bleh!"  will be someone else's "YEAH!" 

And I am sounding just like Stingray, I fear.  Pay no attention to the person behind the curtain.{#Curtain}
I duck my head, as I blurt out, "Bleh!"

When it came out, this album literally changed the course of my music listening life, which changed me as a person.  Thankfully. {#Bananajam}



sigh... The Who. Religious almost.
 pcarew wrote:


I guess I should have checked 'Wikipedia' before I posted the Q.
From Wikipedia:
Cover art

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. The photograph is often seen to be a reference to the monolith discovered on the moon in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which had been released only about three years earlier.<4> Director Stanley Kubrick had declined to direct the film version of their earlier rock opera Tommy (1975); though the film didn't materialize until the mid-1970s, it existed as a plan, and was ultimately directed by Ken Russell. In 2003, the United States cable television channel VH1 named Who's Next's front cover the second greatest album cover of all time.

An earlier cover design had featured photographs of obese nude women and has been published elsewhere, but never actually appeared on the album. An alternate cover featured drummer Keith Moon dressed in black lingerie, holding a rope whip, and wearing a brown wig. Some of the photographs taken during these sessions were later used as part of Decca's United States promotion of the album.<5>



 

As a kid when I first saw this album cover and knowing that the band was from England, it gave me the urge to go to the UK and piss on Stonehedge.
WHO... else?
 pcarew wrote:


I guess I should have checked 'Wikipedia' before I posted the Q.
From Wikipedia:
Cover art

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. The photograph is often seen to be a reference to the monolith discovered on the moon in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which had been released only about three years earlier.<4> Director Stanley Kubrick had declined to direct the film version of their earlier rock opera Tommy (1975); though the film didn't materialize until the mid-1970s, it existed as a plan, and was ultimately directed by Ken Russell. In 2003, the United States cable television channel VH1 named Who's Next's front cover the second greatest album cover of all time.

An earlier cover design had featured photographs of obese nude women and has been published elsewhere, but never actually appeared on the album. An alternate cover featured drummer Keith Moon dressed in black lingerie, holding a rope whip, and wearing a brown wig. Some of the photographs taken during these sessions were later used as part of Decca's United States promotion of the album.<5>



 
For those who may be curious, VH1 rated the greatest album cover to be The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers."

 pcarew wrote:
So where was the album cover photo taken? I have always wondered.
Does anyone have any idea?
{#Ask}
 

I guess I should have checked 'Wikipedia' before I posted the Q.
From Wikipedia:
Cover art

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. The photograph is often seen to be a reference to the monolith discovered on the moon in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which had been released only about three years earlier.<4> Director Stanley Kubrick had declined to direct the film version of their earlier rock opera Tommy (1975); though the film didn't materialize until the mid-1970s, it existed as a plan, and was ultimately directed by Ken Russell. In 2003, the United States cable television channel VH1 named Who's Next's front cover the second greatest album cover of all time.

An earlier cover design had featured photographs of obese nude women and has been published elsewhere, but never actually appeared on the album. An alternate cover featured drummer Keith Moon dressed in black lingerie, holding a rope whip, and wearing a brown wig. Some of the photographs taken during these sessions were later used as part of Decca's United States promotion of the album.<5>



So where was the album cover photo taken? I have always wondered.
Does anyone have any idea?
{#Ask}
 fredriley wrote:
Right, so this is a song about writing a song with meaningless lyrics? Navel-gazing recursion. Just when you think The Who can't get any more irritating, they suddenly do. Time for a tea break...

 
A quick look at Fred's lowest rated tunes reveals a dozen GREAT SONGS BY SOME OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS EVER 
i suggest anyone planning to reply to Fred take a look.   Then we can all ignore him because he clearly lives in a different world than we do.   Here's a VERY SMALL sample of Fred's pans:

1 - The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
1 - Paul Simon - Mother And Child Reunion
1 - Tom Waits - Downtown Train
1 - Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
1 - George Harrison - Here Comes The Sun (Live)
1 - Grateful Dead - Truckin'
1 - John Lennon - Watching The Wheels
1 - XTC - Senses Working Overtime
1 - The Who - The Song Is Over
1 - Radiohead - No Surprises
1 - Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
1 - Van Morrison - Sweet Thing
1 - Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue
1 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Carry On
1 - Neil Young - The Needle And The Damage Done
1 - The Who - Baba O'Riley




 Queue wrote:

This entire song is ripe full of great bass lines.

...he "jam" in the outro is pretty fun too

 
John Entwhistle said that the producer never really captured his bass sound rolling of the high end growl that he is know for live on this album. The bass lines are fabulous however. I guess you could call them lyrical. 


Okay - I think Bill is tapping into my mood - it's been pretty weird (read the journal) and all I want is music that will relax me, soothe me, make me happy and keep me from going dark (you wouldn't like me when I'm dark.)  So far, he's hit the nail on the head with me.  Sorry if it doesn't work for everyone else here, but hey! You'll get your space. That's the beauty of RP - everyone eventually gets their time to shine.

I'm just glad my time came now, because right now, all I have apart from this wonderful music is a small bottle of geranium/peppermint essence that's supposed to help my inner knowledge, peace of mind, and calming. At this point, if it could stop me from shaking, I'd be the baddest pirate on the ship.
after hearing "Bargain" (a decent cut) about 400,000 times on classic rock stations since this album came out, it's damn refreshing to hear this thing once in great while...

 fredriley wrote:
Right, so this is a song about writing a song with meaningless lyrics? Navel-gazing recursion. Just when you think The Who can't get any more irritating, they suddenly do. Time for a tea break...

 
Fred, Fred, Fred... just let it go.  This hatred you have for the Who is clearly eating you alive.  

 nigelr wrote:
The definitive Who song? Darn close to the best track off their best album. Dig ol' Thunderfingers giving a masterclass..............
 
This entire song is ripe full of great bass lines.

...he "jam" in the outro is pretty fun too

Back to High School for me with this one.
Sadly I had never heard this track before but the album just bumped its way up my list of must haves now that I have.  What a great song.
Right, so this is a song about writing a song with meaningless lyrics? Navel-gazing recursion. Just when you think The Who can't get any more irritating, they suddenly do. Time for a tea break...

The definitive Who song? Darn close to the best track off their best album. Dig ol' Thunderfingers giving a masterclass..............
{#Bananajam}
 toterola wrote:

Jesus-jumped-up-Christ, can't you just enjoy a perfect song? {#Rolleyes}
 

{#Clap} Still in my Top 10 albums all-time

 countyman wrote:
Nice song, but we got it in the first chorus, what they were getting.
Don't have to repeat it soooooooooooo many times at the end. 

 
Jesus-jumped-up-Christ, can't you just enjoy a perfect song? {#Rolleyes}
Happy 64th, Pete! (yesterday, actually)
Nice song, but we got it in the first chorus, what they were getting.
Don't have to repeat it soooooooooooo many times at the end. 

 Imkirok wrote:
Gotta be one of, if not THE, best album cover ever.
  Maybe Number Two (no pun intended LOL) after Sticky Fingers...
I always wondered if that concrete slab on the jacket was some sort of reference to "2001: A Space Odyssey."  Any guesses?
Gotta be one of, if not THE, best album cover ever.

I too have peed on stuff in honor of this album cover. 
Daltrey has the perfect Rock and Roll voice
wow,  haven't heard this in ages.  I can't believe I still remember some of the words.  but not all.  sad too. (i'm singin along)

{#Bananajam}


 CCinSB wrote:
My FAVORITE Who song...{#Jump}
 
me 2.

My FAVORITE Who song...{#Jump}