Eyesight to the Blind (Sonny Boy Williamson) Arc Music Corp. (BMI)

From the Tommy liner notes by Brian Cady:

This song was originally written by Sonny Boy Williamson (the second artist to record under that name), real name Alex "Rice" Miller, and was released in February 1951. Pete picked up the song from Mose Allison's 1959 cover version although The Who's version more closely resembles the Williamson original.

There is a change to the lyrics. Williamson's lyric is "Her daddy must have been a millionaire, 'cause I can tell be the way she walks." Allison changed it to "Her daddy's got some money..." and The Who to "Her daddy gave her magic..."

Early drafts of Tommy also included Mose's "Young Man Blues" and "One Room Country Shack." In most early song lists, this song came immediately before "The Acid Queen."

A version with an alternate vocal surfaced in the U.K. in 1972 and was included on the Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs CD and also as a bonus track on the Japanese issue of 2004's Then and Now. (Thanks to Ron Crandall for additional help on this item.)

The Hawker:

You talk about your woman
I wish you could see mine,
You talk about your woman
I wish you could see mine,
Every time she starts to lovin'
She brings eyesight to the blind.

You know her daddy gave her magic
I can tell by the way she walks.
You know her daddy gave her magic
I can tell by the way she walks.
Everytime we start shakin'
The dumb begin to talk.

She's got the power to heal you never fear
She's got the power to heal you never fear
Just a word from her lips
And the deaf begin to hear.

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Tommy 2:13
Join Together 2:14 Live
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 1:58 Live
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