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My Wife (John Entwistle) Hot Red Music (BMI)

John Entwistle's only contribution to Who's Next is unlikely to have been part of Lifehouse and was first played on stage a couple of months after the Young Vic gigs. Recorded at Olympic in May 1971.

[The song was written by John after a fight with his wife. He took his dogs for a walk in the woods after the fight and wrote the song in his head during the walk. John said his wife took it good-naturedly and tried to talk him into letting her make a guest appearance on stage wielding a rolling pin! Ultimately, John said, she didn't come after him; her lawyers did. John was dissatisfied with the way this track came out (both he and Roger disliked Glyn Johns' production on this LP) and later re-recorded it with his solo band Rigor Mortis for his 1973 LP Rigor Mortis Sets In. "My Wife" and "Boris The Spider" are the Entwistle songs most often played live. Live versions can be found on The Kids Are Alright (1977), Two's Missing (1971), the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxset (1976), a different version on the same-titled video (1979), The Blues To the Bush (1999) and The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video (2000).]

My life's in jeopardy
Murdered in cold blood is what I'm gonna be
I ain't been home since Friday night
And now my wife is coming after me

Give me police protection
Gonna buy a gun so
I can look after number one
Give me a bodyguard
A back belt Judo expert with a machine gun

Gonna buy a tank and an aeroplane
When she catches up with me
Won't be no time to explain
She thinks I've been with another woman
And that's enough to send her half insane
Gonna buy a fast car
Put on my lead boots
And take a long, long drive
I may end up spending all my money
But I'll still be alive

All I did was have a bit too much to drink
And I picked the wrong precinct
Got picked up by the law
And now I ain't got time to think

Gonna buy a tank and an aeroplane
When she catches up with me
Won't be no time to explain
She thinks I've been with another woman
And that's enough to send her half insane
Gonna buy a fast car
Put on my lead boots
And take a long, long drive
I may end up spending all my money
But I'll still be alive

And I'm oh so tired of running
Gonna lay down on the floor
I gotta rest some time so
I can get to run some more

She's comin'!
She's comin'!

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Who's Next 3:41
The Kids Are Alright 5:58
Who's Greatest Hits 3:36
Two's Missing 6:40 Live
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 4:33 (Live at Swansea Football Ground, 1976
Blues to the Bush 7:54 Live
Live at the Royal Albert Hall 6:38 Live - 11/27/2000
The Who - The Ultimate Collection 3:35
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