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Bill's Pete Townshend Pages › Whistle Rymes

WHISTLE RYMES

Produced by John Entwistle.
Recorded at Island Studios, London
Musicians include: Peter Frampton, Rod Coombes, Neil Sheppard,
Alan Ross, Gordon Barton, Jimmy McCulloch, Bryan Williams,
Johnny Weider and John Entwistle

SIDE ONE

Ten Little Friends

I don't need no conversation
I got everything I need
I'm happy sitting up here
With my ten little friends, Mr. Bones, and me.

I ain't going to the party
I  don't want no cakes n' tea
I'm happy sitting up here
With my ten little friends, Mr. Bones, and me.

I keep myself to myself
 And I disconnect the phones
My ten little friends are playing piano
  Mr. Bones is on trombone.

I don't need no conversation
I got everything I need
I'm happy sitting up here
With my ten little friends, Mr. Bones, and me.

I don't need no television
Ain't got time to watch TV
I'm too busy sitting here playing
With my ten little friends, Mr. Bones, and me.

I keep myself to myself 
And I disconnect the phones
My ten little friends are playing guitar and on bass is Mr. Bones.


Apron Strings

Where am I gonna go?
What am I gonna do?
There's no one to guide me
Now that I'm on my own
I make my own decisions
There's no one behind me.

I do my own talking
Do my own walking
Nobody on which to rely
Do my own lying
Do my own trying
You never let your apron strings untie.

If I said I'm sorry that you've gone
I'd be lying
I feel more sorry for myself
I'm crying, I'm crying.

Wish you'd have let me think
And do for myself
Knowing one day you'd leave me
Knowing one day you'd die
The least you could have done
Is make sure that I could live easy

That I could I do my own talking
Do my own walking
Had a code that I could live by
Do my own lying
Do my own trying
Make sure that I could get by.

If I said I'm sorry that you've gone
 I'd be lying
I feel more sorry for myself
 I'm crying, I'm crying.

(Guitar Solo)

If I said I'm sorry that you've gone
 I'd be lying
I feel more sorry for myself
 I'm crying, I'm crying.


I Feel Better

When I'm feeling blue
I stick a pin in the picture of you
Beside my bed and I feel better
When I'm feeling sad
I remember that you were the worst lay I ever had
And I feel better.

Don't you try to tell me
That I'm to blame
You're the one that ought to feel ashamed
You can't keep an animal that ain't been tamed
You didn't even know the fella's name.

When I'm feeling down
I just throw the clothes that you left here around
And I feel better.

When I'm feeling great
It's only because I'm consumed with hate
For you and I feel better.

Don't you try to tell me that I'm to blame
When you're the one that ought to feel ashamed
You can't keep an animal that ain't been tamed
You didn't even know the fella's name.

When I'm in the mood
I shout all the swear words that you thought were rude
And I feel better

When I feel alone
I make obscene remarks on the telephone
To you and I feel better.

Don't you try to tell me that I'm to blame
When you're the one that ought to feel ashamed
You can't keep an animal that ain't been tamed
You didn't even know the fella's name.

(Guitar Solo)

When I'm feeling blue
I stick a pin in the picture of you
Beside my bed and I feel better
When I'm feeling sad
I remember that you were the worst lay I ever had
And I feel better.

Don't you try to tell me that I'm to blame
When you're the one that ought to feel ashamed
You can't keep an animal that ain't been tamed
You didn't even know the fella's name.


Thinkin It Over

Whatcha gonna do when your wife finds another
Takes the kids and the car and half of the house
Whatcha gonna do, move in with your mother
And spend your time looking to find a new spouse.

Thinking it over
It ain't worth the worry
Starting over to make a new life
Thinking it over
I decided not to bother
I decided to take my own life.

I'm on the ledge outside my window
The ground is ten stories below
As I look down, the crowd look up
Wondering whether I'll jump or not.

Whatcha gonna do, disappoint all those people
Or make a splash in the headlines next day
Whatcha gonna do, waste the time of those policemen
Or let your audience have their own way.

Thinking it over
I decided not to bother
I decided to take my own life
Thinking it over
It ain't worth the worry
I decided to take my own life

Whatcha gonna do, disappoint all those people
Or make a splash in the headlines next day
Whatcha gonna do, waste the time of those policemen
Or let your audience have their own way.

Thinking it over
I decided not to bother
I decided to save my own life
Thinking it over
I decided not to bother
It's too high price to pay for an unfaithful wife.


Who Cares?

The whole world is full of people living lives of worry
What's the hurry, who cares?
The whole world is full of people wasting time just thinking
Thinking that they're sinking, who cares?

Don't care was made to care
Don't care was tried
Don't care was hung by his worries 'til he nearly died.

Some people think I'm crazy
Others just think I'm lazy
But I know that I'm stronger
People say that I neglect my responsibilities
But I don't mind cause I'll live longer.

Everybody says they pay their bills the day they're sent
I don't even pay my rent, who cares?
Everybody says they need their breakfast every morning
I'm satisfied with yawning, who cares?

Don't care was made to care
Don't care was tried
Don't care was hung by his worries 'til he nearly died.

Some people think I'm crazy
Others just think I'm lazy
But I know that I'm stronger
People say that I neglect my responsibilities
But I don't mind cause I'll live longer.

Don't care was made to care
Don't care was tried
Don't care was hung by his worries 'til he nearly died.

Some people think I'm crazy
Others just think I'm lazy
But I know that I'm stronger
People say that I neglect my responsibilities
But I don't mind cause I'll live longer.

The whole world is full of people living lives of worry
What's the hurry, who cares?
The whole world is full of people wasting time just thinking
Thinking that they're sinking, who cares?


SIDE 2

I Wonder

I wonder what would happen if my dog could talk
Would he look me in the eye and say take me for a walk
When I gave him his dinner would he shake his head
And say take it away I want caviar instead?

Thank you Mother Nature
 For the way you got things planned
Don't ever change a thing, I'm happy as I am
Imagine living in a place where the sea was red
And your legs were in the position now occupied by your head
Imagine living in a place where black was white
And white was black, even the night.

I wonder what would happen if my fish could fly
Would it leap from its tank and hit the cat in the eye
Out through the window and into the sky
I'm so glad that sharks can't fly.

Thank you Mother Nature
 For the way you got things planned
Don't ever change a thing, I'm happy as I am
Imagine living in a place where the sea was red
And your legs were in the position now occupied by your head
Imagine living in a place where black was white
And white was black, even the night.

I wonder what would happen if the moon fell down
Would it leave a white circle,
Where they painted around
I wonder what would happen if the sun went out.


I Was Just Being Friendly

Now, I was just being friendly
No need to act like that
Don't call that policeman girl
I take what I said back
How was I to know that you weren't that kind of girl
It's kind of hard to tell, nowadays anyway.

Can't we talk this over, come here
I'm sorry if you've been offended
It wasn't what I'd intended
I take back every word I said.

I was looking for someone to tell my troubles to
That's all I wanted to do, honestly
I'm a family man and my family mustn't know
Where I go in the evenings.

Now, I was just being friendly
No need to act this way
All I did was ask you
How much I'd have to pay
How was I to know that you weren't that kind of girl
It's kind of hard to tell, nowadays anyway.

Can't we talk this over, come here
I'm sorry if you've been offended
It wasn't what I'd intended
I take back every word I said.

I was looking for someone to tell my troubles to
That's all I wanted to do, honestly
I'm a family man and my family mustn't know
Where I go in the evenings.

(Synthesizer and Guitar Solo)

I was looking for someone to tell my troubles to
That's all I wanted to do, honestly
I'm a family man and my family mustn't know
Where I go in the evenings.

Now, I was just being friendly
Wish you could understand
This wasn't meant to happen
This wasn't what I'd planned
How was I to know that you weren't that kind of girl
It's kind of hard to tell, nowadays anyway.


The Window Shopper

I'm waiting at the end of your garden
Waiting for you to turn on the light
I don't care if your husband's there
I'm hidden by the night

I can't afford to buy the kind of dirty books
That show naked ladies with big chests
I can't afford to pay a woman to keep we warm at night
But that don't mean that I can't show no interest.

There's no cause for alarm
I don't mean no harm
I'm just looking
I'm just hoping for a glimpse
Of something I've never had and never will
I'm just window shopping.

That's why I'm waiting at the end of your garden
Waiting for you to turn on the light
I don't care if your husband's there
I'm hidden by the night.

I can't afford to buy the kind of books
That show naked ladies with big chests
I can't afford to buy a woman to keep we warm at night
But that don't mean that I can't show no interest.

There's no cause for alarm
I don't mean no harm
I'm just looking
I'm just hoping for a glimpse
Of something I've never had and never will
I'm just window shopping.

That's why I'm waiting at the end of your garden
Waiting for you to turn on the light
Please don't draw the curtains
Or I won't sleep tonight.

I can't afford to buy the kind of dirty books
That show naked ladies with big chests
I can't afford to buy a woman to keep we warm at night
But that don't mean that I can't show no interest.

I can't afford to buy the kind of dirty books
That show naked ladies with big chests
I can't afford to buy a woman to keep we warm at night
But that don't mean that I can't show no interest.


I Found Out

I found out this morning
 The uncle that I was mourning
Was living off the insurance in South America
I found out this morning
Just as the day was dawning
When I saw his suntanned photograph in the paper
I found out this morning
That I'd been led up the path again
Led up the path again.

I found out tonight
You're not the woman I want
You're not the woman I was looking for or thought I'd found
I found out tonight
You're married with three little kids
And a great big husband who weight lifts
I found out tonight
That I'd been led up the path again
Led up the path again.

She must have seen me coming
I must have looked as though I was running
Everybody takes me for a fool
She must have laughed until she cried
She must have laughed until she died
Everybody takes me for a fool
It's so uncool.

I'll find out tomorrow
That I was the cause of sorrow
That my mother and father had to get married the day after I was born
I'll find out tomorrow
That just like the mark of Zorro
That I have a name that suits my personality
I'll find out tomorrow
That I've been led up the path again
Led up the path again.

I'll find out tomorrow
That I've been led up the path again
Led up the path again
Led up the path again.


Nightmare
 (Please Wake Me Up)

Now I'm asleep what shall I dream of tonight
Now I'm asleep what shall I dream of tonight
Will it be girls or will it be money
Will it be sad or will it be funny
Will it be raining or will it be sunny
Tonight, tonight.

Please wake me up
I'm having a nightmare
Please somebody wake me up
I'm having a nightmare
And it doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
Please wake me up
I'm having a nightmare.

Please wake me up
I'm having a nightmare
Please somebody wake me up
I'm having a nightmare
And it doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
Please wake me up
I'm having a nightmare
Please somebody wake me up
I'm having a nightmare
And it doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop
It doesn't feel like it's ever gonna stop.


WDK 2008

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