New Song (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (adm. by Longitude Music Co.) - BMI

From the Who Are You liner notes by Matt Resnicoff with additions by Brian Cady:

'New Song' was recorded at Ramport Studios, Battersea on October 24 and 27, 1977 and features background vocals by Andy Fairweather-Low and Billy Nichols.

"This is a diatribe against the requirements of FM radio (at the time) for every band of the day to produce 'clones' of their earlier successful airplay hits. This was my signal to everyone that I had decided to deal a wonky deck full of theatrical parodies and anachronisms. Needless to say, the song didn't get airplay and neither did it make the critics happy. Great sounding cut, such a pity it is full of such cynical sentiment. 'New Song' was the first song I ever wrote on a polyphonic synthesizer. It was blocked out on an ARP OMNI, that company's first polyphonic machine. It may have been the first multi-voice synth ever. But I cheated quite a lot; it had only one filter and envelope-shaping amplifier."
--Pete Townshend

The demo, available on Pete's 2000 solo CD Lifehouse Elements, has the additional lines:

"You need a new song, but why not sing the change 'Underneath The Harvest Moon'?
The mood was all wrong and while the singer raged, somebody switched the tune.
It's easy being obnoxious and queer; your difference can earn you fame.
Nothing's left unsaid, it's just another year, but we need shaking up just the same, just the same."

The 1996 remix is the same as the original except for adding a "Whoooo" from Roger in the middle and a slightly quicker fadeout.
The 1992 Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs CD has a somewhat longer fadeout tracking at 4'24.

"New Song" was never performed live by The Who.

You need a new song
I'll set the words up so they tear right at your soul
Don't take me too long
But there's a danger that I'll plagiarize something old

My fingers kill me as I play my guitar
'Cause I've been chewing down at my nails
My hairline ain't exactly superstar
But there's one thing that never fails
This never fails

I write the same old song with a few new lines
And everybody wants to cheer it
I write the same old song you heard a good few times
Admit you really want to hear it

Whenever I see you
You always treat me like I'm some kind of perfect man
Just 'cause I please you
You explain, but you don't think I can understand

My head is spinning as I scrawl with my pen
'Cause I've been pouring vodka in my soul
Nothing really ever changes my friend
New lamps for old
New lamps for old

We sing the same old song, just like a vintage car
You can look but you won't ever drive it
We drink the same old wine from a brand new jar
We get hung over, but we always survive it

Turn on the radio
Love is proclaimed
Again and again and again
Join in and sing
Now, don't be ashamed
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain
Let it rain
Let it rain

We hum the same old lines to a different crowd
And everybody wants to cheer it
We run on endless time to reach a higher cloud
But we never ever seem to get near it

We sing the same old song

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Source Length notes
Who Are You 4:13
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