“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”

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The Who: Won’t get fooled again

filmed in 1978

The Best Of – Home Of Classic Music on Nov 1, 2012

“Won’t Get Fooled Again” is the classic rock’n’roll call to arms for refuseniks and the disenfranchised. Composer Pete Townshend said about writing the song “There was a transition in me from refusal to be co-opted by activists, to a refusal to be judged by people I found jaded and compliant”.

It is the final track on The Who’s 1971 album Who’s Next. Uploaded here in it’s full glory, a drastically edited single version reached #15 in the US and #9 on the UK charts.

Lyrics:

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 judgement 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 are flown in the next 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
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya?

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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
Are 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

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31 thoughts on ““Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”

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    • Thanks, Roxanne. I keep finding new stories/videos to link to this post. It’s unfortunate for all of us (worldwide). I’m especially distressed about the (former) peaceniks who have voted and supported Obama and are in some kind of delusion that he is the “anti-war” candidate. They have been fooled. The facts will speak for themselves as more and more attacks on civilians arise due to the US military/foreign policy.

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  16. Ah, the Pretenders…

    Reminds me with great emotion, of the original Peace & Justice page, who tirelessly advocated for the plight of Gazans on Myspace, but whose plug was pulled for telling the truth in a public forum (and who, along with Lo’s original page, hooked yours-truly into this thankless compulsion over the past two+ years, to publically express an alignment with the collective grief some few of us feel at the horrific, intolerable cascade of news of the past near decade).

    Her theme song was the Chrissie Hynde classic “I’ll Stand By You”, quoted in Sami Yusuf’s heart-rending “Try Not To Cry”.

    I posted a bulletin about it just now– I can only imagine what she’d be posting right now!

    Thank you for reminding me.

    • Her profile page has been restarted many times, but I can’t find it now, so don’t know if she’s still on myspace or not. I missed most of the bulletins as there are always too many from all my friends and to sort out the real news would be a full time job, haha.

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  19. same old lies. but this time there is a twist –high expectations ..and what goes up will come down . dont get fooled by this psuedo-progressive charade. Obama obeys his corporate paymasters. he has already voted for corporate bailouts , and didn’t do a dogonne thing for the poor while he was in the senate , when he had plenty of chances to./

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