The Who – Ball and Chain —Powerpop Friday

The new release coming from The Who. The new album WHO is coming out later this fall.

From

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/13/760553843/the-who-announces-first-new-album-in-13-years-shares-ball-chain

Fifty-five years after first forming in London, The Who is back with an album of brand-new songs. WHO, due out December 16th, will be the band’s 12th studio record. It includes the first single, “Ball & Chain,” a gritty swamp-rock critique of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the powers that have kept it open.

“Down in Guantanamo,” Roger Daltrey sings, “We still got that ball and chain. That pretty piece of Cuba designed to cause men pain.”

The track features a number of classic Who sounds, including an arpeggiated piano line that opens the song in the spirit of “Baba O’Riley,” as well as windmill power chords from Pete Townshend.”Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure,” Townshend says in a statement announcing the record. “So I’ve tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. … Some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today.”Townshend and Daltrey are joined on the album by drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino.

Ball and Chain

Down in Guantanamo
We still got the ball and chain
Down in Guantanamo
We still got the ball and chain

That pretty piece off Cuba
Designed to cause men pain
Whoa,  when you light up in Cuba
You won’t feel the same again

Down in Guantanamo
Whew, still waiting for the big cigars
Down in Guantanamo
Whew, still waiting for the big cigars

Been a breach of promise
Still guilty with no charge
There’s smoke in the forest
And the tumor is getting large

Down in Guantanamo
We still got the ball and chain
Down in Guantanamo
We still got the ball and chain

There’s a long road to travel
For justice to make its claim
So let’s bring down the gavel
Let the prisoner say his name
Mmm, still waiting for the big cigars
Still waiting for the
Still waiting for the big cigars
Hey, still waiting for the big cigars

 

Author: badfinger20

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

9 thoughts on “The Who – Ball and Chain —Powerpop Friday”

  1. Only 12 studio albums, wow. You’d have thought more than that by now! This one sounds pretty good too… think I like it a little more than the other one. Pino Palladino – now there’s another one of those great but anonymous studio musicians.

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    1. I know…and probably 20 greatest hits packages…how does that happen? They retired in the early eighties and didn’t make another album until 2006…that is the reason for the low number. This is only the 4th album after Keith died in 78. Face Dances, It’s Hard, Endless Wire and now this one.

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    1. I do like the ELO song also. I should have had that one also today. The two new Who songs sound vintage Who but they sound modern also…really good stuff.

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