Pete Townshend - Won't Get Fooled Again Lyrics

We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
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
The world looks just the same
And history ain't blamed
'Cause the banners, they are flown in the last war

I raise 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!
We don't get fooled again

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

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
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 wanna get fooled again
No, no!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

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Pete Townshend Won't Get Fooled Again Comments
  1. Gusdogbrownlab

    One of the best versions of this. Remember being hypnotised by this when I was at school

  2. Taylor McCracken

    Yeah, Bloomberg isn't funded by special interests because he is a special interest.

  3. 山口やっぱりkeith moonでしょ

    ❌wouldn't fooled again
    ○won't get fooled again

  4. grgl140

    Not a huge Who fan, that being said, Won't get fooled again is in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever written.



  6. HIWATT Steve

    I remember when this was brand new. There was no better time. Getting old sucks. But I will always have ole Pete, me and that crazy bastard ain't a bad future')

  7. gmbrigatto

    I hate when people try to compare The Who and Led Zeppelin, but Pete is the reason why The Who is better than Led.

  8. andrea22213

    Powerful stuff.

  9. Mike Listman

    I never get tired of hearing him play and sing his songs; what a great composer and one else plays rythym guitar like that!

  10. Yodaismycopilot

    Too bad the classical player wasn't a bit more ambitious and with appropriate volume.

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  12. Monty Daniels

    Thank you Pete.

  13. Esther Gavillet

    Shared on Google+ & Facebook, May 19, 2018 : *Happy Birthday to Mr Pete Townshend!*

  14. smashmash

    Vocal cue to John for key change lol

  15. gillscreekman

    Pete rocked the hell out of that song!!!

  16. Sam Spade

    Man. This is just so good.

  17. gtrrobster

    Outstanding version! L love the rythym abd way he delivers the lyrics. My guess is though we cannot hear Williams guitar here, they could hear it on stage abd in the audience. Strange though. Cool Williams joined. Classical, jazz, how can anyone with a life in music not admire Pete’s contribution?

  18. Paul Goldstein

    Listen, you only shouldn't get fooled again.

  19. diana brisset

    Henry Purcell influence....

  20. John Strauss

    Man the words in this tune. Boy Pete was not only a great guitarist but also a great lyricist


    John Strauss —True dat! It doesn’t just explain the times, it’s an Eternal Truth told without sounding preachy.

    HIWATT Steve

    Who's Next IMHO one of the greatest albums ever made

  21. Jonathan Schotten

    Beautiful and Marvelous!
    Possibly the most significant music person of the modern age – a strong influence on Hendrix, Bowie, Gabriel, Page, Floyd, Punk, etc. – a master of rhythm and melody – a special man indeed!


    Jonathan Schotten Of course Pete himself was influenced by the likes of Ray Davies, Smokey Robinson, and Lennon/McCartney

  22. Rick Via

    And "WE" always get fooled again. Ye Suckers...

  23. James Graham

    Brought here by Women's March on Washington, 2017.

  24. Dave V

    Great stuff. Such a refreshing version.

  25. dave bentley

    he's shit hot ! !

  26. butuh13

    Why oh why does he sell so many great songs for commercials and tv themes?
    I know- more money.
    But so many of his songs will never be anthems for me anymore, because now they're just jingles. Like this one.
    I hope it was worth it, Pete.

    Ken Coleman

    Though they were pretty awesome CSI themes. "I Can See For Miles" was perfect for CSI: Cyber.


    butuh13 it's not in much adverts it's only in BT broadband and CSI

    Ken Coleman

    When I think of Townshend pieces used in Hollywood, my go-to is "Let My Love Open the Door" playing during the opening credits to Look Who's Talking.

    Sam King

    Had to pay off all the smashed guitars.

  27. Jim Rafferty

    Please fix your ridiculous title

  28. TrainInVain

    It's called 'Won't Get Fooled Again'

    Justin York

    TrainInVain It appears they were fooled.

    Red special queen fan


    Red special queen fan

    Are you actually listening to what hes saying????????????


    @Red special queen fan no the title

  29. Stephen Burt

    Was John Williams' mic on?


    Even Pete's acoustics are the loudest in the world

  30. The Archbishop of Canterbury

    Great acoustic version of this song, but what in the world is John Williams doing there? He's a brilliant classical guitarist, of course, but he should have been allowed to play his own set, not be left to tag along after Pete!

    Mark Hatzilambrou

    Williams helped Townshend arrange this version. He was "instrumental" to it, so to speak.

    bruce deane

    because they share the same political values and see how we are constantly duped by political conmen.... musicians of this calibre are bloody astute minded individuals .... why wouldn't they play an anthem like this together ? ... they are comrades fighting oppression ... bravo them

    bruce deane

    [email protected] Archbishop of Canterbury

    bruce deane

    @Mark Hatzilambrou thanks ... didn't know that


    Because musicians’ egos were much smaller back then and spontaneous collaboration was quite common.

  31. screwyootube1

    I remember when this came out, and it got a fair amount of airplay at AOR radio at the time, along with Sting's acoustic versions of Roxanne & Message in a Bottle! Great, stripped-down versions! Thanks for posting this!

  32. Jeffrey Hartmann

    From 1979's Secret Policeman's Ball.

  33. Classic Rock Kid

    When is this exactly? It looks like early-mid 70s.

    Chief Kurtz

    June 1979

  34. marklhall

    Just WOW

  35. Liza Moon

    Pete je t'aime !!!!!

  36. Sephiroth Strife

    was he drunk or what? he "exchanges" the parts of the chorus rofl

    Chaim Turner

    Its a common mistake songwriters make.

    Super Amanda

    He’s playing AND singing at once!