Love Ain't For Keeping (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc.; Suolubaf Music; ABKCO Music, Inc.; Careers BMG Music Publishing (BMI)

Originally a hard rocker recorded in New York on March 17, 1971, this version was reworked with acoustic guitars at Olympic in May 1971. However, it retained its hard edge on stage and was used to open The Who's concert act throughout this period.


[Another song intended for Ray. The longer studio version with Pete singing lead appeared on the 1998 Odds and Sods CD. Since it is written on Frankfurt, Germany hotel stationary, this points to a writing date on or shortly after September 13, 1970. Pete's demo version appears on his 1999 solo LP Lifehouse Chornicles. A live version from 1971 appears on Who's Next Deluxe Edition and a live version from 1982 appears on the Who Rocks America video.]

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

Produced by Kit Lambert at The Record Plant, New York March 17, 1971.
Guitars played by Pete Townshend and Leslie West. Vocal by Pete Townshend.

This rocking electric version of the song ultimately re-recorded for Who's Next is very close in style to Pete's original demo.

Layin' on my back
In the newly mown grass
Rain is coming down
But I know the clouds will pass
You bring me tea
Say "the babe's a-sleepin'"
Lay down beside me
Love ain't for keeping

Black ash from the foundry
Hangs like a hood
But the air is perfumed
By the burning firewood
The seeds are bursting
The spring is seeping
Lay down beside me
Love ain't for keeping
Lay down beside me
Love ain't for keeping

Lay down beside me
Love ain't for keeping
Lay down my darling
Love ain't for keeping

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Source Length notes
Who's Next 2:10
Odds & Sods 4:04
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