The Who – Pictures of Lily

Describing the Who’s next new single…Pete Townshend coined the term “Power Pop” to describe this song before it was released. It made it to #60 in the Billboard 100 and #4 in the UK Charts. The song tells the story of a father giving his son risque pictures of a woman taken the 1920s…and after a while, the son finds out that she had died many years ago.

It is a song about the lust of a teenage boy…we will keep it at that.

“Pictures Of Lily”

I used to wake up in the morning
I used to feel so bad
I got so sick of having sleepless nights
I went and told my dad
He said “son now here’s some little something”
And stuck them on my wall
And now my nights seem quite so lonely
In fact I, I don’t feel bad at all
I don’t feel bad at allPictures of Lily
Made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily
Helped me sleep at night
Pictures of Lily
Solved my childhood problem
Pictures of Lily
Helped me feel alright

Pictures of Lily
Lily, Oh Lily
Lily, Oh Lily
Pictures of Lily

And then one day things weren’t quite so fine
I fell in love with Lily
I asked my dad where Lily I could find
He said “son now don’t be silly
She’s been dead since 1929″
Oh how I cried that night
If only I’d been born in Lily’s time
It would have been alright

Pictures of Lily
Made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily
Helped me sleep at night
Pictures of Lily
But me and Lily are together in my dreams
And I ask ya, “Hey mister have ya ever seen?”
Pictures of Lily!

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

9 thoughts on “The Who – Pictures of Lily”

  1. It’s one of my favourites, always has been. I bought the single as soon as it came out (what was on the B side… that’s what I’m trying to remember. Was it ‘I can’t help myself’ or was that the B side of something else? I’ll have to look it up.)

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    1. “Doctor Doctor” was the B side…I never had the single but I remember looking it up. It’s one of my favorite songs of their earlier output. They had some great early UK singles that didn’t do much over here.

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      1. I can relate to him. They were exciting and some of their stuff was controlled chaos…I can’t tell you how many times I have watched “The Kids Are Alright.” I also have some bootleg concerts of them…one at Charlton I believe in 74.

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      2. He tells me that it wasn’t ‘Can’t Explain’single that I gave him but ‘My Generation’ single!! (That’s my memory for you.) So I’ve probably still got Can’t Explain. Yes, I think you’ve got a similar mindset to him with The Who and music. He also plays various instruments (but predominantly guitar and keyboards).

        I used to have loads of boots – mostly Zeppelin – but got fed up of the sound quality. Later of course they were taken from the mixing desk and were better.

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      3. Two great singles any way you go.
        I only wish I could play keyboards. All I can do is backing chords on keyboards…I’m in no danger breaking out in Lady Madonna.

        I like bootlegs unless they are so bad you cannot hear much.
        The best one I ever got was The Stones…I saw them in 2006 in Churchill Downs in Kentucky and the next day I downloaded the bootleg of that show from a friend.

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