Pictures of Lily (Pete Townshend) Fabulous Music, Ltd.

From the Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy liner notes by Brian Cady:

Produced by Kit Lambert at IBC Studios on April 5, 1967.

"Merely a ditty about masturbation and the importance of it to a young man. I was really diggin' at my folks who, when catching me at it, would talk in loud voices in the corridor outside my room. 'Why can't he go with girls like other boys?'"
--Pete Townshend

The recording was filmed for Swedish television.

Released in the U.K. as Track 604002 on April 22, 1967, it reached #4.
Released in the U.S. as Decca 32156 on June 24, 1967.
The U.S. radio stations, unlike the U.K. pirate stations, objected to the lyrics and it stalled at #51 in Billboard and #60 in Cash Box.
"Doctor, Doctor" was the B-side in both countries.

Track #8 on My Generation - The Very Best Of The Who. (2'45)

I used to wake up in the morning
I used to feel so bad
I got so sick of having sleepless nights
I went and told my dad

He said, "Son now here's some little something"
And stuck them on my wall
And now my nights ain't quite so lonely
In fact I, I don't feel bad at all

Pictures of Lily made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily helped me sleep at night
Pitcures of Lily solved my childhood problems
Pictures of Lily helped me feel alright

Pictures of Lily
Lily, oh Lily
Lily, oh Lily
Pictures of Lily

And then one day things weren't quite so fine
I fell in love with Lily
I asked my dad where Lily I could find
He said, "Son, now don't be silly"

"She's been dead since 1929"
Oh, how I cried that night
If only I'd been born in Lily's time
It would have been alright

Pictures of Lily made my life so wonderful
Pictures of Lily helped me sleep at night

For me and Lily are together in my dreams
And I ask you, "Hey mister, have you ever seen"
"Pictures of Lily?"

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