However Much I Booze (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (adm. by Longitude Music Co.) - BMI

Like 'Slip Kid,' 'However Much I Booze' was tried on stage but soon abandoned. Recorded on May 7.

[The demo for this song, entitled "No Way Out," appears on Pete's album Scoop 3. It contains the additional lyrics, "I walk into a club and no one seems to know me. I have to tell the story of my life to keep from being thrown out there and then. It all seems so futile, can't I live if some [something] disowns me? Can't face the fact that once you open up for real you become ambivalent. Before they let you in, there ain't no way out!"

Pete: "Drinking around the Who is the greatest thing gutter-level life can offer. The bawdiness of the humor, the sheer decadence of the amount put away, the incredible emotional release of violent outbursts against innocent hotel-room sofas; all these count to get a body through a lot of trouble. But at the end of the orgy, the real cancer still lies untackled deep in the heart."

Pete said in his stage introduction that this was written the day after he gave up drinking -- a cure that apparently didn't take until 1982. Richard Barnes reported that Roger considered this song so personal that he refused to sing it. Perhaps Roger just wanted everyone to know that it was not he, but Pete, that had a drinking problem. The song was played live during the 1975 U.K. and European tours and during the first three dates of the 1975 North American tour.]

 

I see myself on T.V., I'm a faker, a paper clown
It's clear to all my friends that I habitually lie; I just bring them down
I claim proneness to exaggeration
But the truth lies in my frustration
The children of the night, they all pass me by
Have to drench myself in brandy
In sleep I'll hide
But however much I booze
There ain't no way out
There ain't no way out
I don't care what you say, boy
There ain't no way out

I lose so many nights of sleep worrying about my responsibilities
Are the problems that screw me up really down to him or me?
My ego will just confuse me
Some day it's going to up and use me
Fish me out another tailor-made compliment
Tell me about some destiny I can't prevent
And however much I squirm
There ain't no way out
There ain't no way out
I don't care what you say, boy
There ain't no way out

Won't somebody tell me how to get out of this place?!

Then the night comes down like a cell door closing
Suddenly I realize that I'm right now, I'm on the scene
While sitting here all alone with a bottle and my head a-floating
Far away from the phone and the conscience going on at me
And on at me, and I don't care what you say
There ain't no way out
There ain't no way out

Now the walls are all clawed and scratched
Like by some soul insane (alt: in sin)
In the morning I hungoverly detach myself
I take no blame
I just can't face my failure
I'm nothing but a well fucked sailor
You at home can easily decide what's right
By glancing very briefly at the songs I write
But it don't help me that you know
There still ain't no way out
Won't somebody tell me?
I don't care what you say, boy
There ain't no way out

There ain't no way out
There ain't no way out
There ain't no way out

Give me the key, lock it away

There ain't
There ain't
There ain't no way out
There ain't no way out
There ain't no way out

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The Who By Numbers 5:03
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