Pete Townshend – Let My Love Open The Door

Loved this song from the first time I heard it. Let My Love Open the Door peaked at #9 in the Billboard 100 and #46 in the UK Charts in 1980. The song was off of his first solo album Empty Glass. This is Townshend’s only top 10 hit in Billboard.

Simon Phillips drummed on this record and he would tour with the Who in the late 80s.

From Songfacts.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine just after this song became a hit, Townshend referred to it as “Just a ditty.” He went on to say that he preferred another song from Empty Glass, “A Little is Enough,” which only reached #72 on the US charts.

Pete Townshend has been a follower of the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba (1894-1969) since 1968 and this appears to be a devotional love song to his religious guru. However in the liner notes of Townshend’s Gold (Remaster)CD, he refers to this song as “Jesus sings.”

Among the films this has been used in are Look Who’s Talking (1989), Mr. Deeds (2002) and Along Came Polly(2004). A different version was recorded for Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), and It was also the end credit song for Jersey Girl (2004). The song played a prominent role in the 2007 movie Dan In Real Life, where Steve Carell and Dane Cook perform the song to Cook’s girlfriend, whom Carell has deep feelings for.

Two of the musicians on this track, the bass player Tony Butler and drummer Mark Brzezicki, became part of the Scottish rock quartet Big Country a few years later.

Townshend released a slower version of this song in 1996 that he called the “E. Cola mix,” which he remixed with Jack Hues of Wang Chung along with Chris Hughes and Tim Oliver. This version was used in the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank and appeared on the soundtrack. In 2017, this version of the song was used in the “So Swayze It’s Crazy” episode of The Goldbergs, and also in a Walmart commercial titled “Christmas Like a Rock Star,” where families open the door to find items delivered by the store.

The Christian rock-pop band Audio Adrenaline remade this song on their 1999 Underdog album. In their case, the “my love” was referring to God’s love.

Let My Love Open The Door

When people keep repeating
That you’ll never fall in love
When everybody keeps retreating
But you can’t seem to get enough

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
To your heart

When everything feels all over
Everybody seems unkind
I’ll give you a four-leaf clover
Take all worry out of your mind

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
To your heart, to your heart

I have the only key to your heart
I can stop you falling apart
Try today you’ll find this way
Come on and give me a chance to say

Let my love open the door
It’s all I’m living for
Release yourself from misery
There’s only one thing gonna set you free
That’s my love
That’s my love

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door

When tragedy befalls you
Don’t let it drag you down
Love can cure your problems
You’re so luck I’m around

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
To your heart

Author: badfinger20

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13 thoughts on “Pete Townshend – Let My Love Open The Door”

      1. Is that according only to the US charts? Regardless, I’m surprised, too. I know they became a strictly album band after the earliest singles, but still, there were some bona fide hits in their album releases.

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      2. It’s amazing, compared to how popular the band has always been. I know that the industry didn’t count record and album sales early on as precisely as they do now. The Who may be one of those 60s bands who has no clear idea how many records they actually sold back then.

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      3. Led Zeppelin only had 1 top ten hit with Whole Lotta Love…
        Yes you are right. With record companies like they were back then…some would not be completely honest.

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  1. My sister for some reason- she was 13 at the time bought Empty Glass before I did.. of course I found it unfit for her ears and adopted it as my own- so I still have her copy. Loved the song and the album–it was the most commercial song on the album as far as radio play but I think there were better songs on that strong album. I know I am in a minority but I prefer Pete’s singing to Roger From Oz’s.

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    1. “unfit for her ears and adopted it as my own” That just made my day.

      Speaking of Roger from Oz I’m almost through his book. I will post about it when I’m finished but it won’t be long. Way too short of a book. He was the only clean clean member right? You would think he would remember more. Some good stuff but it’s like a cliffs notes version of a career.

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      1. When I saw the book my first thought was – this is way too thin of a book- the man was the singer for The Who… if you were hanging around Keith and Pete you should have stories to fill a War and Peace like book…. Kenny Jones book looked of similar length.

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      2. I have the audio version and it’s Roger talking to you like he is beside you which is cool but it’s only 8 hours. Yes Kenney is next on my list and it’s only 12 hours…
        I won’t get the hard copy because there is not enough

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