Silas Stingy (John Entwistle) Gowmonk, Inc. (BMI)

Recorded at Kingsway Studios, London in October 1967.

[John: "The rest of the group used to take the mickey because I was the first one to buy a house, and I found it very hard going because we had ridiculous expenses and our money wasn't that big, so I saved every penny to put a deposit on the house and buy furniture...So Silas Stingy buying a house and a watchdog and a safe is exactly what happened to me." It is, of course, also based on George Eliot's novel 'Silas Marner.'

Pete plays organ on the track. The chorus was meant to be a schoolboy's round but that didn't quite work out." It was played live by The Who at a few shows in the summer of 1968.]

Once upon a time there lived an old miser man
By the name of Silas Stingy
He carried all his money in a little black box
Which was heavy as a rock
With a big padlock
All the little kids would shout
When Silas was about

Chorus:
Money, money, money bags
Money, money, money bags
There goes mingy Stingy
There goes mingy Stingy
Money, money, money bags
Money, money, money bags
There goes mingy Stingy
There goes mingy Stingy

Silas didn't eat, which was just as well
He would starve himself for a penny
He wore old clothes and he never washed
'Cause soap cost a lot
And the dirt kept him hot
All the little kids would shout
When Silas was about

(chorus)

In the back of his head
Was a voice that said
"Someone will steal it all
You'll be lying in the gutter with an empty box
The thieves will be having a ball"

(chorus)

He bought a safe to put the box in
And a house to put the safe in
And a watchdog on a chain to make quite sure
And his face was very funny
When he counted up his money
And he realized he hadn't any more

(chorus)

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The Who Sell Out - reissue 3:07
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