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Baba O'Riley

The Who

About “Baba O'Riley”

“Baba O'Riley” by The Who was initially part of an idea (later thrown aside) of a follow up rock opera to Tommy: Lifehouse. Pete Townshend wrote it after his experience at Woodstock.

It did well as a single in Europe, but appeared only on the album in the US and the UK.

The name of the song is a combination of Meher Baba, about whom and his influence on him Pete Townshend elaborates in a Rolling Stone article – an Indian guru that kept silent from 1935 until his death in 1969 who inspired Townshend spiritually, and Terry Riley – a musician and classical composer that also inspired him.

Mistakenly called sometimes “Teenage Wasteland” due to the repeating phrase.

Chords here

  • What have the artists said about the song?

    Pete Townshend told Rolling Stone about the original context for the song:

    A self-sufficient dropout family group farming in a remote part of Scotland decide to return south to investigate rumors of a subversive concert event that promises to shake and wake up apathetic, fearful British society. Ray is married to Sally, they hope to link up with their daughter Mary who has run away from home to attend the concert. They travel through the scarred wasteland of middle England in a motor caravan, running an air conditioner they hope will protect them from pollution. There are regular people, but they’re the scum off the surface; there’s a few farmers there, that’s where the thing from ‘Baba O'Riley’ comes in.

"Baba O'Riley" Track Info

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