Bargain (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc.; Suolubaf Music; ABKCO Music, Inc.; Careers BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

The most electrifying of at least nine different takes recorded at Olympic on April 12, and June 5, 18 & 19, 1971. Pete's lead guitar was played on a vintage Gretsch gifted by Joe Walsh. Played at the Young Vic shows and long retained in the stage act.

[Pete: "This song is simply about 'losing' one's ego as a devotee of Meher Baba. I constantly try to lose myself, and find him. I'm not very successful I'm afraid, but this song expresses how much of a bargain it would be to lose everything in order to be one with God."

Pete's demo version was later released on his 1983 solo LP Scoop and his 1999 LP Lifehouse Chronicles. One live version from 1971 can be found on Who's Next Deluxe Edition and another live version from 1971 on Who's Missing and in an edited form on the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxset and a 2000 version on The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video.]

I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I had
To find you I'd suffer anything and be glad

I'd pay any price just to get you
I'd work all my life and I will
To win you I'd stand naked, stoned and stabbed

I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I got
To catch you I'm gonna run and never stop

I'd pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I'm gonna drown an unsung man

I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I sit looking 'round
I look at my face inm the mirror
I know I'm worth nothing without you
And like one and one don't make two
One and one make one
And I'm looking for that free ride to me
I'm looking for you

I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I got
To catch you I'm gonna run and never stop

I'd pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I'm gonna drown an unsung man

I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Who's Next 5:34
Hooligans 5:32
Who's Missing 6:17 Live
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 5:00 Live at San Francisco Civic Auditorium, 1971
Live at the Royal Albert Hall 6:52 Live - 11/27/2000
The Who - The Ultimate Collection 5:35
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