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The Who — Won't Get Fooled Again
Album: Who's Next
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Released: 1971
Length: 8:30
Plays (last 30 days): 2
We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again

The change it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
No, no!

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?

Yeah!

There's nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
Comments (617)add comment
The best scream in rock 'n roll! And the opening of CSI Miami!
Working from home and reaching for the volume nob on the opening bars - up to 11! Moon you are so missed!
 ExploitingChaos wrote:

Fuck Donald Trump



Yeah, sure, but the point the song is making is actually about youth who get duped by a left leaning political party who turns out to be just more of the same. It's so easy to hate your enemies. It's harder to discern which allies might not really be pursuing the ends you want. 

And, mind blowing song, of course. What Rock 'N Roll is all about.
Moon was the inspiration for the Muppets Animal Actually, while the physicality is definitely Moonish, the true inspiration for animal was Ginger Baker.
 theralph wrote:

Has anyone else noticed that the song title is won’t get fooled again but Daltry sings we don’t get fooled again? What’s up with that? Genius.



He fooled us
This will never get old.  Always a 10 no matter how many times i hear it. epic musicianship, massive energy and a lyrical message that spans generations.  Let's hope we can learn something from this little ditty.
 talexb wrote:

It's 2021, and I've been working from home for 11 months. My 33 year-old step-son is in the basement, and every once in a while I'll play something loud, and he'll come upstairs and in his ADHD way say something like "That's pretty loud."

For several reasons, this song must be played loud. And I expect this is going to be one of those days.

Update: He did come upstairs. And it was very loud. 10/10.



Agreed - I saw The Who in Toronto in 1980. It was a hot and steamy August nite - they put on fantastic light show, even by today's standards, and there was lightening going off all around. This song is the defining anthem of my prolific concert-going career.
 Stetsonman wrote:

LOL 
"Fuck Donald Trump"

He sure did a number on you dumb-ass yanks, the grandson of a german immigrant.




I'm sorry your president did not get the world war he bagged for but I remind you other Americans exist outside the North East. You go ahead cheering for the former guy who doesn't know a war crime from a Big Mac.
LOL 
"Fuck Donald Trump"

He sure did a number on you dumb-ass yanks, the grandson of a german immigrant.
 ExploitingChaos wrote:

Fuck Donald Trump



Agreed. And all the others on The Hill. Unless I stand corrected and there is someone honest left indeed. For using this comment section to spread your political leanings - fuck you too!   
 talexb wrote:

It's 2021, and I've been working from home for 11 months. My 33 year-old step-son is in the basement, and every once in a while I'll play something loud, and he'll come upstairs and in his ADHD way say something like "That's pretty loud."

For several reasons, this song must be played loud. And I expect this is going to be one of those days.

Update: He did come upstairs. And it was very loud. 10/10.


How many times I remember turning this up and screaming with him - this was an amazing album when I first bought it - and is still fun...even if my voice cannot accompany in quite the same way... YYEEEAAAAHHH!!!
 ExploitingChaos wrote:

Fuck Donald Trump



Rapper YG: "I like white folks, but I don't like you"

FDT
 Highlowsel wrote:

Not that I want to get into this, but it's funny in its fashion.  The Creator, it seems, isn't with a sense of....humor?  The generation who made this song their anthem went on to be fooled upwards of 3 TIMES since this song first hit the airwaves in 1971.  I'm on the tail end of that generation, but will freely admit that as smart as we proved to be - I point to all the modern tech that stems from us - we are also probably one of the most gullible and stupid generations to have come along in some time.  We won't get fooled again?  Nah....How about

Pogo's anthem is probably more apt....



Looks like we got fooled oncemore andare being taken down...
https://www.incimages.com/uplo...
 doktorkev wrote:

It's a 10........ Flat out defines rock n roll. Maybe Townshend's greatest moment





I was just thinking how iconic this song is.
Once again I am reminded of how old I am! Still great after all these years!
It's a 10........ Flat out defines rock n roll. Maybe Townshend's greatest moment



 ExploitingChaos wrote:

Fuck Donald Trump


Trompez Donald Trump !
Connection between this and Hammer To Fall - The Who followed Queen at Live Aid. Both songs were performed that day. 
I this the only Who song RP plays? Seems like it. Very boring.
Pure Joy


a ten if there ever was one
 Highlowsel wrote:

Not that I want to get into this, but it's funny in its fashion.  The Creator, it seems, isn't with a sense of....humor?  The generation who made this song their anthem went on to be fooled upwards of 3 TIMES since this song first hit the airwaves in 1971.  I'm on the tail end of that generation, but will freely admit that as smart as we proved to be - I point to all the modern tech that stems from us - we are also probably one of the most gullible and stupid generations to have come along in some time.  We won't get fooled again?  Nah....How about

Pogo's anthem is probably more apt....



Agreed. We the people get the government we deserve. If we want better leaders, we should work harder at cultivating and electing better leaders. 
 sfyi2001 wrote:

Yep, that's the guy who kicked Lyin' Loser Donnie's fat ass!
Thanks for posting.
drumming is very good in this tune! Moon!
 fredriley wrote:

Sometimes one chord does it. As soon as that clanged pompously I was at PSD in a second. Eat your heat out, Pavlov :o)



And yet you spent the time to type this. . . .
 fredriley wrote:

Sometimes one chord does it. As soon as that clanged pompously I was at PSD in a second. Eat your heat out, Pavlov :o)

I guess that's what a flailing air guitar arm does accidentally...

 ExploitingChaos wrote:

Fuck Donald Trump



This is not the place for that Asshat!  Your need to say that speaks way more about you than you're smart enough to understand.
Sometimes one chord does it. As soon as that clanged pompously I was at PSD in a second. Eat your heat out, Pavlov :o)
 ExploitingChaos wrote:

Fuck Donald Trump




Eeewwww
Greatest rock song ever recorded?
 mattenuttall wrote:

Yup. The way those drums break over the synthesizer bridge; impending, the way the drum rolls in the William Tell Overture hint at something to come. In this case, those drums are leading us to the most definitive scream in musical history.... 


Moon was the inspiration for the Muppets Animal
 sfyi2001 wrote:

Given the previous 4 years this comment could NOT be less appropriate.
This song should be played at 11.
 talexb wrote:
It's 2021, and I've been working from home for 11 months. My 33 year-old step-son is in the basement, and every once in a while I'll play something loud, and he'll come upstairs and in his ADHD way say something like "That's pretty loud."

For several reasons, this song must be played loud. And I expect this is going to be one of those days.

Update: He did come upstairs. And it was very loud. 10/10.
 

Did it go to eleven?
It's 2021, and I've been working from home for 11 months. My 33 year-old step-son is in the basement, and every once in a while I'll play something loud, and he'll come upstairs and in his ADHD way say something like "That's pretty loud."

For several reasons, this song must be played loud. And I expect this is going to be one of those days.

Update: He did come upstairs. And it was very loud. 10/10.
 BCarn wrote:
Still the best scream in rock n' roll.
 

I am minded to agree. Then I remember Ian Gillan on Deep Purple's 'Child in Time'.
Has anyone else noticed that the song title is won’t get fooled again but Daltry sings we don’t get fooled again? What’s up with that? Genius.
Playing this is a commitment, because we all know how it ends, and it ain't good.
Hello to whoever is looking at this page right now with me.
Daltry is my personal all time fave male rock vocalist. What a fantastic band.
More relevant than ever!
Quintessential rock song
4 band members that are masters of their  craft (Moon and Entwistle are outstanding)
anti establishment lyrics that resonate today as much as they did nearly 50 years ago.
OUTSTANDING!!
Love the Live Aid connection. The Who followed Queen at Wembley (poor buggers - they must've wondered what hit them with how good Queen were that afternoon). Both Hammer To Fall and Won't Get Fooled Again were played that day. Queen made HTF sound good. WGFA is always superb.
The words ring true today
Great segue from Anderson’s Dangerous Ones
One of those tunes recognizable from the first chord. John Entwistle on bass -Keith Moon on drums, incredible. I bought this record when I was 15 and still play it.
Still the best scream in rock n' roll.
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Fuck Donald Trump
 

are you saying you did?  or Would?

asking for a friend
 iloveradio wrote:
Won’t get heard again. RP, is this the only Who Song you know?
 
Uhh, no. I hear The Real Me and Pinball Wizard and Happy Jack and Bargain and others on occasion.  Readily provable.  Click the band name and read for yourself. 
Won’t get heard again. RP, is this the only Who Song you know?
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Fuck Donald Trump
 Under his thinking, that is not a job acceptable to  native born  'mericans.

Recuerdo perfectamente cuando conocí a The Who: fue el 13 de julio de 1985, en la transmisión de TV del Live Aid, justo con esta canción. Desde el primer segundo me atrapó.

If I could give this song an 11, I would.
Pure rock.
 Tomasni wrote:
8 Down to 7   so I skip
 
Skip, skip, skip  to my Lou, my Tomasni

I've happily rated this one a 9.  Long Live RP!!
 idiot_wind wrote:
Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.  
 
Yup. The way those drums break over the synthesizer bridge; impending, the way the drum rolls in the William Tell Overture hint at something to come. In this case, those drums are leading us to the most definitive scream in musical history.... 
 jhorton wrote:

Programmable Moog synth.
 
Actually, Pete's synth of choice was ARP back then. He was such a fan the company they used him in their advertising.


https://petetownshend.net/musicals/electronica



https://musicaficionado.blog/2019/01/30/arp-instruments-in-the-1970s/


It’s always the same Who song. My Generation is much better.
Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.

Its the drumming.  
It seems to me that praying not to get fooled again is a fool’s errand.
Check out this must-see rendition by The Who, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots, ... on "classroom" instruments:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks8s1hC9y7c
...  Pete Townshend on ukulele!
8 Down to 7   so I skip
Lowering my rating from 9 to  8     
All day with this gem of a song!
  That's Stormy's job.

ExploitingChaos wrote:
Fuck Donald Trump
Fuck Donald Trump
And the hypnotized never lie..............

Do ya?
Right Now Right ON!
Yes, I think  9 - O U T S T A N D I N G  
The marketing department of the pharmaceutical company I work for used this album cover image in a mock-up for a BPH drug.
 kingart wrote:

Put Bonham and Baker in that trio, but you're right. Oddly enough, all three had various, serious behavioral issues. You can always tell it's Moon, there is no mistaking his machine-gun precision. All Who fans love to play the air drums to this one. 

 


You might be interested in this short clip from "Beware of Mr. Baker". Ginger still thinks pretty highly of himself, but Clapton totally agrees. 


Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton insult John Bonham and Keith Moon



 iloveradio wrote:
There is a lot of great music from The Who. This is overplayed on RP.
 
Not in these times it ain't. 
And you need not be fooled. The PSD tab confers a form of relief and wisdom. 
There is a lot of great music from The Who. This is overplayed on RP.
10
Still pissy we have no "new constitution." 
The organ solo makes my hair stand on end...

Thank you  The Who and RP 
for   Won't Get Fooled Again

8 - Most Excellent  to me  maybe 9 ?


 idiot_wind wrote:
Its just that this song has the greatest drumming ever recorded. It's mesmerizing. No one else in recorded music history have ever come close to Moon's drumming on this one song. 

It's as if he has three arms and two heads, playing separate but together.

And then look at the guy. He doesn't look like the drummer.      

 
Put Bonham and Baker in that trio, but you're right. Oddly enough, all three had various, serious behavioral issues. You can always tell it's Moon, there is no mistaking his machine-gun precision. All Who fans love to play the air drums to this one. 
Meet the new boss, immeasurably worse than the old boss.
Its just that this song has the greatest drumming ever recorded. It's mesmerizing. No one else in recorded music history have ever come close to Moon's drumming on this one song. 

It's as if he has three arms and two heads, playing separate but together.

And then look at the guy. He doesn't look like the drummer.      
 kaybee wrote:
I know this song is played a lot on RP....but it's one of the few songs that I can never, ever, ever get tired of - it's that good, that timeless! 

And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight 

 
Damn skippy

Thank you  The Who
for  Won't Get Fooled Again

This is 8 - Most Excellent  to me  :-)


This song is really short on drumming and bass.    {#Eek}
great song, one of the greatest bands in rock history{#Guitarist}
I need to hear this more often. I screwed up air-drumming the solo. 
Ah to be 16 again.World of wonder; troubles plunder...
 LowPhreak wrote:
Fool me once, shame on you...



Fool me twice, shame on me...



Fool me three times...uh...won't get fooled again?


 
Not that I want to get into this, but it's funny in its fashion.  The Creator, it seems, isn't with a sense of....humor?  The generation who made this song their anthem went on to be fooled upwards of 3 TIMES since this song first hit the airwaves in 1971.  I'm on the tail end of that generation, but will freely admit that as smart as we proved to be - I point to all the modern tech that stems from us - we are also probably one of the most gullible and stupid generations to have come along in some time.  We won't get fooled again?  Nah....How about

Pogo's anthem is probably more apt....


Best scream in rock n roll.

 

The Who
Won't Get Fooled Again

is a STRONG 8 for me

 PSD PSD  :-)

 


I never liked the Who.  Sorry.  Just didn't.  
And this song has been on more than twice in the past 30.
 It's been given a one more than twice.  Maybe four times.

Born in 1966. This album was the first album I truly loved.
Fool me once, shame on you...



Fool me twice, shame on me...



Fool me three times...uh...won't get fooled again?



 kingart wrote:


Yes we were fooled. Hypnotized.  But "ripped off" would be a more accurate description than merely fooled.  A majority were not fooled.  I've had 3 letters published in replies to op-ed articles in the NY Times. 

Here's one: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/opinion/donald-trumps-lies-about-the-popular-vote.html?comments#permid=20636189 

 
Checked out your Times post—thank you! Congrats on the paper making it a Times Pick. 
 Stefen wrote:
One of the greatest lines in rock and roll:  

Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.

 
We can hope.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

{#Eek}  Sad but true!
(Fooled in a "HUGE" way.)

 

Yes we were fooled. Hypnotized.  But "ripped off" would be a more accurate description than merely fooled.  A majority were not fooled.  I've had 3 letters published in replies to op-ed articles in the NY Times. 

Here's one: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/opinion/donald-trumps-lies-about-the-popular-vote.html?comments#permid=20636189 
 Jeff09 wrote:
too late...we just did...
 
{#Eek}  Sad but true!
(Fooled in a "HUGE" way.)
too late...we just did...
Is a RP quota for who songs per week? Not that I don't like the tune, but I seriously think this is played about every 48 hours. 
{#Dancingbanana}{#Guitarist}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}
 LizK wrote:
kcar wrote:
During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations.
  
There is, or was, a website dedicated to the topic  "Why is David Caruso such a bad Actor?"  I could never watch CSI Miami, his posturing ruined the show.
 
Me too. I found his shtick unbearable.
https://www.mondointasca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/csi-miami.jpg
"And you thought Don Johnson chewed the scenery."
kcar wrote:

During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations. 

  

There is, or was, a website dedicated to the topic  "Why is David Caruso such a bad Actor?"  I could never watch CSI Miami, his posturing ruined the show.
I know this song is played a lot on RP....but it's one of the few songs that I can never, ever, ever get tired of - it's that good, that timeless! 

And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight 
Can't help but think of our Iraq invasion when I hear this..I've told myself 'I won't get fooled again', yet I continue to every time I vote..I love the rage that this song exhibits !  
Godlike and legendary, mythical, timeless, can I attach anymore adjectives to this song. Still rocks like a boulder!!!!
 kcar wrote:

During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations. 

 
Ha!  2nd Jack Lord reference for me this week.  

I was recently listening to a podcast with Al Michaels, who was on the orig. "Hawaii  Five-O" show in 1970 (playing a lawyer).  Irrelevant side note: his episode also features Christopher Walken!   

 Anyway, Michaels claimed that he was on the set one day for a three minute scene with the show's star, and Lord couldn't have been more of a pr*ck to the cast and crew!  (puts sunglasses back on)...

 
38 voted 1 for this, who are you? come on, I'll take y'all on {#War}
Last seconds....ehhh heh heh hah!
 Baby_M wrote:
I feel a sudden compulsion to utter a snappy one-liner and take off my sunglasses....



 
Caruso was a good actor on NYPD Blue but was in the wilderness for quite a while when the movie career didn't take off. During CSI Miami he seemed stuck in bad Jack Lord (the old "Hawaii Five-0") imitations. 
In the early 80s not a big Who fan but my best friend bought us both tickets and saw them at the Cotton Bowl (Dallas) - life was never the same after that. Wow! What a show!
One of those songs you just have to turn up to 11
I saw The Who at Oracle Arena last month.  Great show, but Roger's voice is very limited.

Fairly certain they played a pre-recorded version of the original primal scream at the end of this song.  I was pretty bummed in the moment, but I've come to grips with the idea:)  Really, what are they supposed to do?  A man's gotta know his limitations...
Its the drumming!  Keith Moon had a third arm. It's the only way to explain it. 
In the context of 1971, Billboard says this was the 84th best song of the year:

1Three Dog NightJoy To The World2Rod StewartMaggie May / (Find A) Reason To Believe3Carole KingIt's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move4OsmondsOne Bad Apple5Bee GeesHow Can You Mend A Broken Heart6RaidersIndian Reservation7Donny OsmondGo Away Little Girl8John DenverTake Me Home, Country Roads9TemptationsJust My Imagination (Running Away With Me)10DawnKnock Three Times
https://www.bobborst.com/popculture/top-100-songs-of-the-year/?year=1971

Yes, it's true, Carly Simon, Donny Osmond and Cher all had better songs that year..... 
 dejapete wrote:
I think you hear little slips in organ notes because it's hard hitting precisely with the beat of the note-repeating-staccato-generating-organ-synth-thingee. Perhaps a music techie out there can explain it better, please.

 
Programmable Moog synth.
 idiot_wind wrote:
This is a question for all of you under 40: 

What RnR bands from the last 20 years can come close to this kind of sheer, jaw dropping, mezmerizing, crazy, creative, fun, bombastic, hooky, hypnotic songs...that sounds fresh today in 2015 as it did in the early 1970s (forty years ago)? 

A song that get played over and over and over....because it's soooo freaking good?   

Who?

(get it, ha!) 

 
EXCEPTIONAL ROCK MAN!!!  : )
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

No we don't.   Repeat after me "We will not lie, we will not lie, we will not..." Ah forget it. Idiot_Wind I now realise you are an Agent Provocateur or as we say over here "a stirrer".  I know the whole "play more Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire" is just your way or stirring it and that you really like the song you are commenting on. So in future all we have to do to crack your code is think the opposite to what you say - simple :)

  
dwhayslett wrote:

Idiot is cursed with a fairly narrow range of musical tastes, and likes to remind us of that as often as possible.

 
Sometimes you just have to stay upwind. 
When asked what my favorite song of all time is, this is it.
I feel a sudden compulsion to utter a snappy one-liner and take off my sunglasses....


Wicked song
This. Goes. To. Eleven.