Put The Money Down (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc./Fabulous Music, Ltd./ABKCO Music, Inc., BMI

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by The Who and associate producer Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios, Barnes June 6, 1972; lead vocal produced by John Entwistle, recorded at Ramport Studios, London 1974.

"'Put The Money Down' is one of the tracks recorded by the illustrious Glyn Johns for us. Terrific sound, beautifully recorded. Wonder what group he used ?" John Entwistle: "'Put The Money Down' only had a guide vocal and that held up the release, but I just couldn't get Daltrey down to the studios to record a new vocal. So I sent him a message asking if it'd be all right if I did the vocal and almost immediately Daltrey replied that it was O.K. as long as he could overdub the bass parts. Next morning he was in the studio!"
--Pete Townshend

A track intended for the never-shot Lifehouse movie. The Who had last played in Columbus, Ohio November 1, 1969 but there is no record of any fences having fallen there. It may be a reference to Woodstock or the Isle of Wight where gatecrashers turned a ticketed festival into a free concert. The line "there are bands killing chickens" is a reference to the band Alice Cooper and their supposed habit of killing live chickens on stage.

Pete's demo version appears on his 1999 solo album Lifehouse Chronicles.

Track 15 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD with a longer fadeout at 4'29.

I got lost in the back streets, trying to get here tonight,
The police were asking questions, they took me to the wrong place twice.
I even lost my passport, and I forgot my name and town,
But now I'm here by the water, put the money down.

Before I walk on the water,
Put the money down, down, down,
There are bands killing chickens,
My hero's getting pushed around, 'round, 'round.

I don't know if I trust you as you try to shoot me down,
Before I walk on the water,
Put the money down, down, down,
Put the money down.

It was a beautiful day in Columbus when the fences fell
But the five loaves and the fishes ain't going to be much help,
I got a hungry juggler here who wants to be at the head,
Before he walks the water he wants his bread.

Take a glass of that light brown ale and a purple pill,
If the air don't get you too sure as hell the pill will,
Oh, mommy, mommy, please may I go downtown?

He's gonna walk on the water,
Put the money down,
Put it down, before I walk on the water,
Put the money down, down, down.

There are bands killing chickens,
My hero's getting pushed around, round, round,

I don't know if I trust you as you try to shoot me down,
I'm gonna walk on the water,
Put the money down, down, down, down, down,
Put the money down.
In a tin cup.

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