The Who — I Can See For Miles
Album: The Who Sell Out
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Released: 1967
Length: 4:05
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I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

If you think that I don't know about the little tricks you've played
And never see you when deliberately you put things in my way
Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away
I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say
That you still want me
Well that's as may be
But you gotta stand trial
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze
Well here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
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 {#Drummer} !!!!!!!!
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

And I wonder when those words are ever going to be said again... "Whoah. This is different."

Everything seems to be so formulaic these days, or at best a reinterpretation of the past i.e. "retro".

 
Yeah, that's a tricky question, but maybe that's just how it seems.  Most music in the 1960s - or any era - was formulaic, or at least some sort of interpretation of music of the past.  It is difficult to find something where one can say "this is (completely) different" - but I guess there are always examples one could find with hindsight.  If something were too "different" most people would probably dislike it anyhow.
My mate, Pete Townsend, spent his life denying he could get tickets to the Who gigs.
Ahh, the curse of a homonymical surname.  And yes, I did just make that word up,

 coloradojohn wrote:
I can never forget how, when I was a kid and this was still barely ten years old, the cool radio DJ was telling us about how he, when he was in a college dorm and this came on HIS radio for the 1st time, he looked at his roommate and said, Whoah, THIS is DIFFERENT.

 
And I wonder when those words are ever going to be said again... "Whoah. This is different."

Everything seems to be so formulaic these days, or at best a reinterpretation of the past i.e. "retro".
I can never forget how, when I was a kid and this was still barely ten years old, the cool radio DJ was telling us about how he, when he was in a college dorm and this came on HIS radio for the 1st time, he looked at his roommate and said, Whoah, THIS is DIFFERENT.
 thewiseking wrote:
Ahhhh, the Who.
A work of staggering genius. Alas, they have indeed Sold Out the catalogue.
Would not be surprised to hear this over a Windex commercial. 

 
HA!  And I can see it now.  Somewhere some ad exec just read your remark and thought...."Hey...that's not a bad idea!"  And then will come the....

Image result for window cleaning

So it goes.

Highlow
American Net'Zen



Ahhhh, the Who.
A work of staggering genius. Alas, they have indeed Sold Out the catalogue.
Would not be surprised to hear this over a Windex commercial. 
 kcar wrote:
The Police "Driven To Tears" —> The Who "I Can See For Miles"

That's a shit-ton of drumming. Great segue. 

Yes, Keith goes off here but Entwistle's bass-work sounds something like a WWII fighter coming in for the kill. 

 
Spot on
The Police "Driven To Tears" —> The Who "I Can See For Miles"

That's a shit-ton of drumming. Great segue. 

Yes, Keith goes off here but Entwistle's bass-work sounds something like a WWII fighter coming in for the kill. 
Is this Kurtster's version?
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I love listening to Keith Moon's antics on the drums. He may not have had perfect timing but he was still incredibly original.

 
and loud... and fast...
I love listening to Keith Moon's antics on the drums. He may not have had perfect timing but he was still incredibly original.
 Stefen wrote:
Wonderful Radio London.
 
As much as I enjoy this tune, I'd prefer to hear "Tattoo" or "Sunrise" from this album.
An AWE-and-then-SOME track. 
my first encounter with the 'fuzz' (guitar that is) :)
{#Bananajam}
Wonderful Radio London.
 Chrisjea wrote:
The Beatles and The Who in the same set!  The sixties, hemp, Triumph 650 and young in the good old USA with no known responsibilities.  {#Drummer} {#Motor}

 

 

And Vietnam...
 zepher wrote:

Triumph 650.... Oh Yeah!



Oh  there is a motorcycle in that pic.  

 


{#Notworthy} The best rock band of all time! {#Notworthy}
 Chrisjea wrote:
The Beatles and The Who in the same set!  The sixties, hemp, Triumph 650 and young in the good old USA with no known responsibilities.  {#Drummer} {#Motor}

 

 
Triumph 650.... Oh Yeah!


 El_atleta wrote:
Guau....Wow....!!!!!!!{#Guitarist}

 
Esto mismo.
 Jannne wrote:
 My world changed when I heard this stuff   {#Bananajumprope}

 
Indeed! 
 My world changed when I heard this stuff   {#Bananajumprope}
The Beatles and The Who in the same set!  The sixties, hemp, Triumph 650 and young in the good old USA with no known responsibilities.  {#Drummer} {#Motor}

 
Guau....Wow....!!!!!!!{#Guitarist}
The Who are Epic. This song is FUCKIN EXCELLENT MAN!!! (maybe Ken Russel had all those beans re-used for Ann Margrets wicked bean-bath in Tommy!  {#Tongue-out}  )
Good song.
{#Bananapiano} ....... 10
Always loved this entire album!
power guitar defined.
Who said the beans got wasted? How do you you what happened to them? There might have been four very gassy rock stars that day who did not need to go out for dinner after the photo shoot.

 
fredriley wrote:

It's an awful, awful waste of baked beans, which are cheap, nutritious and tasty, and certainly wasted on the Who.

 


{#Dancingbanana}
 RedGuitar wrote:
One of the greatest rock singles ever!

 
My Ultimate Fight Song in high school. The drumming, the stinging guitar, the throbbing bass, the double-tracked vocals...top fucking notch. This is like flying at Mach 3. 
Just excellent...
 RedGuitar wrote:
One of the greatest rock singles ever!

 
Totally - driven along by Animal on drums and the Ox on bass.
 ziakut wrote:
I prefer 'Odorono' or 'Tattoo' from this great album. I'll take this hit from here.

 

Tattoo is a lyrically marvelous song, right up to the last line, where it turns into the most disappointing let down you'll ever hear.
One of the greatest rock singles ever!
Their best album? At least their best album cover.
Love this!  {#Bananapiano}
This is very mod...I liked it when they were very mod.
I cannot count the number of times I have heard people — many of them were also DJs — say, "I can recall exactly what I was doing, where I was, and who I was with when THIS first came on," and wow, it can still make me reach to crank the volume, all the way up, after all this time.  An astounding and immortal jam...
Must upgrade to 10.
Showing my age - Remember seeing this on a BBC comedy/satirical show in 1967. It was certainly different then!
See:- http://www.rockpeaks.com/video/w/Who/Twice-A-Fortnight-1967/I-Can-See-for-Miles 
One of the all-time great rock singles.
Who, at their peak, was as powerful as The Who? {#Guitarist}
 fredriley wrote:

It's an awful, awful waste of baked beans, which are cheap, nutritious and tasty, and certainly wasted on the Who.
 
Bravo!  I applaud your consistency when it comes to the Who, Fred.  Even H8rhater has to relent in the face of such dedication.  Kudos, my friend.
 Proclivities wrote:

I believe Hold your group together with Rotosound strings... precedes this tune.
 
At the other end there's an ad for Charles Atlas' muscle building course—Pete intoning "with dy-namic TENshun" that will turn you into (John growling) "a beast of a man."

One of The Who's bestbestbest songs. Used to beat this death in high school. If you don't like this one I don't think you'll like anything by The Who.  
One of the best from The Who...the album is overlooked by many and "I Can See For Miles" was the only single from this entire gem. Love the song 'Tattoo' and 'Odorono'...actually love everything from this. Never again will any band create such a huge collection of great tunes. One of the first idealistic concept rock albums.
The national anthem of the United States of Acid!  Pete never sounded better, and Mooney- off the hook...
 sajitjacob wrote:
That album cover is just brilliant. Where can I get me a giant Odorono?
 
It's an awful, awful waste of baked beans, which are cheap, nutritious and tasty, and certainly wasted on the Who.