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

Recorded live at the Young Vic on April 26, 1971. Although 'Water' made regular appearances in The Who's stage act in 1970 and '71, it remained unreleased until a studio version of the song appeared on the B-side of '5:15' in September 1973.

This live version is previously unreleased. [This version is edited from the original performance which ran 8'32. A 8'19 version appears on the 2003 Deluxe Edition CD. In the U.S. the studio version appeared on the B-side of "Love, Reign O'er Me", the now-deleted Two's Missing album and the 1998 Odds and Sods. The song refers to the fire that broke out on the surface of the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, Ohio June 22, 1969. The fire was fueled by the heavy amount of pollution in the river. "Put The Money Down," another song intended for Lifehouse, refers to Columbus, Ohio and Cleveland is directly mentioned in Pete's song "Sheraton Gibson." More live versions appear on the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video (1970) and Live at the Isle Of Wight 1970.]

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

Produced by Pete Townshend at Eel Pie Studios, Twickenham late May 1970. Another song intended for the maxi-single mentioned in "Postcard".

It often appeared in The Who's live set in 1970 and 1971.

This studio version was first released as the B-side of "5:15" in the U.K. September 28, 1973 and in the U.S. as the B-side of "Love Reign Oer Me" October 27, 1973.

Live versions appear on the remastered Who's Next CD (1971), Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 and the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B video (1970). 

The foreman over there hates the gang,
The poor people on the farms get it so rough,
Truck drivers drive like the devil,
The policemen they're acting so tough.
They need water,
Good water,
They need water,
And I'm sure there isn't one of us here
Who'd say no to somebody's daughter.
No, no, no, no, no.

The foreman over there hates the gang,
The poor people on the farms get it so rough,
Truck drivers drive like the devil,
The policemen they're acting so tough.
They need water,
Good water,
They need water,
And maybe somebody's daughter.

Indian Lake is burning,
The New York skyline is hazy,
The River Thames is turning dry,
The whole world is blazing.
We need water,
Wow yeah good water,
Ooh we need water,
And maybe somebody's daughter.

Ah gimme gimme good water,
Ah gimme gimme gimme good water,
Ah gimme good water,
Please don't refuse me, mister,
I seen your daughter at the oasis
And I'm beginning to blister.

My Chevrolet just made steam,
Your crop is laying foul,
My grass skirt's lost its green,
I'm alive but I don't know how.
I need water, good good water,
They need water,
Gimme gimme gimme good water,
Wow, gimme gimme gimme good water,
Gimme gimme gimme good water,
Come on gimme gimme gimme...

[faintly:] Champagne!

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