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Bill's Pete Townshend Pages › The Iron Man

THE IRON MAN
(THE MUSICAL BY PETE TOWNSHEND)

Based on the original story by Ted Hughes
Produced by Pete Townshend

CHARACTERS
Hogarth - Pete Townshend
The Vixen - Deborah Conway
The Iron Man - John Lee Hooker
Space Dragon - Nina Simone
Hogarth's Father - Roger Daltrey

Woodland Creatures
The Crow - China
The Jay - Nicola Emmanul
The Frog - Billy Nicholls
The Owl - Simon Townshend
The Badger - Clevland Watkiss

Musicians: Pete Townshend, Simon Phillips, Charlie Morgan, Chucho Merchan, John Entwistle,
John "Rabbit" Bundrick, Peter Beachill, John Barkley, Patrick Clahar, Pat Halling.
Chorus vocals: Gina Foster, Derek Green, Janice Hoyte, Ruby James, Julian Littman
Michael Nicholls, Earnest Pearce, Raymond Simpson and
The children of ST. Stevens and Orleans schools


I Won't Run Any More/A Fool Says
Released on Virgin Records VSTG 1209, 1989 (UK)
12 inch Picture Sleeve.


At dawn, somewhere in the English countryside near a rockface by the sea, Hogarth is fishing in a peaceful but fast moving river. The sky is a strange mixture of colours and there is an air of tension. Distant bells ring out an eiry round and he can hear some beautiful singing. He becomes afraid, but is quite exhausted from a night with out sleep, and begins to doze. Suddenly he is surrounded by a group of inquisitive woodland creatures led by a Vixen. He starts with a scream. The animals urge Hogarth not to be afraid and he is cheered by their friendship. - I WON'T RUN ANYMORE- As they sing, a strange new star appears in the sky.

WOODLAND CREATURES
Don't be afraid of the night
Only you hear the scream that you scream
Don't turn away from the light
Only you see the dream that you dream

HOGARTH
I'm not going to run anymore
I'm not gonna run
Away from this honeymoon
I'm not gonna run anymore
I'm not gonna run
Like a rat to a piper's tune
For you and I
Will show one another love
You and I
We owe one another love

HOGARTH and VIXEN
We're not gonna lie anymore
We're not gonna lie
In ignorant ecstasy
We're not gonna cry anymore
We're not gonna cry
At a figment of fantasy

For you and I
Will grow together now
You and I
Will go together now

We're not gonna run anymore
We're not gonna run anymore.....no no no

HOGARTH
I'm not going to run anymore
I'm not gonna run
Away from this honeymoon
I'm not gonna run anymore
I'm not gonna run
Like a rat to a piper's tune
For you and I
Will show one another love
You and I
We owe one another love

HOGARTH and VIXEN
We're not gonna lie anymore
We're not gonna lie
In ignorant ecstasy
We're not gonna cry anymore
We're not gonna cry
At a figment of fantasy

For you and I
Will grow together now
You and I
Will go together now

Don't be afraid of the night
Only you hear the scream that you scream
Don't turn away from the light
Only you see the dream that you dream


Hogarth's reverie ends as the Iron Man, his eyes like searchlights illuminating the clouds, appears over the hilltop. All the animals run for cover and only the boy sees the metal man lose balance and topple back down the cliff, smashing into a dozen pieces on the beach below. He runs home to tell his father what he has seen, hearing the squawking gulls and battle cries of old soldiers echoing down on the beach. OVER THE TOP

SOLDIERS
Over the top we go
Yey yuh yair yuh ye-uh
Over the top we go
Yey yey year yuh ye-ah

IRON MAN
I've no idea where my life began
But I am a fearless Iron Man

I lost my arm
I lost my eyes
I broke my feet
I bruised my thighs
My head's on a cliff
Hanging from a tree
My neck's on the beach
With my elbow and knee

Over the top we go
Yey yuh yair yuh ye-uh
Over the top we go
Yey yey year yuh ye-ah

My eye looked around
Discovered my hand
Together they uncovered
My arm in the sand
All the pieces of me
Came together as one
And we all dance forever
In the morning sun

Over the top we go
Yey yuh yair yuh ye-uh
Over the top we go
Yey yey year yuh ye-ah

I've no idea where my maker ran
But I am a fearless Iron Man
(repeat 4 times)

Over the top we go
Yey yuh yair yuh ye-uh
Over the top we go
Yey yey year yuh ye-ah
(repeat 4 times)


Hogarth's father hears his son story and finds it hard to believe. But across the countryside, some awful machine has eaten up every bit of metal in his path: barbed wire, farm machinery and electric pylons. The Owl who has followed Hogarth observes wryly that this machine was obviously built by men to protect them from their own awful inventions. - MAN MACHINES

OWL
Man makes machines
To man the machines
That make the machines
That make the machines

Make a machine
To make a machine
And man and machine
Will make a machine

To break the machines
That make the machines . . . .


The Iron Man is clearly to blame and Hogarth and his father, together with a group of old farmers, set out angrily to look for the terrible giant. They find the wreckage he has left and discover his enormous footprints leading in and out of the sea. They decide to dig a great trap for him. - DIG

OLD FARMERS
We old ones, have seen two wars
We old ones, have seen two wars

FATHER
When you're sick and afraid
And there's danger around
Take a pick and a spade
And cut into the ground
Away from the light
Away from the sound
Make a trap for the beast
Dig his burial mound
Dig for your life
Dig to the death
Dig for salvation
Till your very last breath
Dig for protection
Dig for release
Dig for resurrection
Dig for peace

OLD FARMERS
We old ones, have seen two wars

FATHER
When you dream of a laser
That sears your soul
Slices like a razor
Burns like cool
You can bet you'll forget
When the rocks start to roll
And the last meets the least
By the watering hole

Dig it down deep
Dig it out wide
Dig it for pleasure
Dig it for pride
Dig it for treasure
Dig it for stones
Dig it for the metal
And dig it for the bones

(Dig it )

Dig it down deep
Dig it out wide
Dig it for pleasure
Dig it for pride
Dig it for treasure
Dig it for stones
Dig it for the metal
And dig it for the bones

(Dig)
( solo)

OLD FARMERS
We old ones, have seen two wars
We old ones, have seen two wars

Dig it down deep
Dig it out wide
Dig it for pleasure
Dig it for pride
Dig it for treasure
Dig it for stones
Dig it for the metal
And dig it for the bones

Dig for your life
Dig to the death
Dig for salvation
Till your very last breath
Dig for protection
Dig for release
Dig for resurrection
Dig for peace
We old ones, have seen two wars



A Friend Is A Friend/Man Machines
Released on Atlantic 7 4-88875, 1989 (USA)
Cassette Single

After a time, the Iron Man comes near the trap, but pauses near the edge. Hogarth lures him into the abyss by tapping a nail on a knife edge. Once the Iron Man is trapped, the men gleefully bury him. But as the soil starts to cover the sad metal face, Hogarth feels remorse: the Iron Man trusted him. As the woodland friends gather around him he thinks about what friendship really means to him. - A FRIEND IS A FRIEND

HOGARTH
When eyes meet in silence
A pact can be made
A life-long alliance
That won't be betrayed
Be friendly, befriend me now
Be friendly

A friend is a friend
Nothing can change that
Arguments, squabbles
Can't break the contract
That each of you makes
To the death, to the end
Deliver your future
Into the hands of your friend

WOODLAND CREATURES
Be friendly, befriend me now
(repeat 2 times)
Be friendly

HOGARTH
A promise is a promise
A handshake will seal it
No amount of discussion
Can ever repeat it
Commitment forever
To borrow or lend
Deliver your future
Into the hands of your friend
Be friendly, befriend me now
(repeat 2 times)
Be friendly

When eyes meet in silence, A pact can be made
BADGER You need a pact
A life-long alliance, That won't be betrayed
CROW Won't be betrayed
You need a mate
BADGER You need a mate
When facing the end
What is the fate
BADGER What is the fate
Now facing my friend
Facing my friend
What faces my friend
Be friendly, befriend me now
(repeat 2 times)

HOGARTH and WOODLAND CREATURES
A friend is a friend
Nothing can change that
Arguments, squabbles
Can't break the contract
That each of you makes
To the death, to the end
Deliver your future
Into the hands of your friend

HOGARTH
Be friendly now
Be friendly now
Be friendly, befriend me now



Meanwhile, some carefree but messy picknickers have come to sit on the Iron Man's grave and he is disturbed by the sound of their metal knives, forks and kettle. His enormous, angry fist breaks upward through the sail. Hogarth's tiny finger touches the Iron Man's enormous claw and the great giant slowly poles himself up out of the ground. He then rampages across the countryside once again looking for food, this time eating military equipment wherever he finds it deployed against him. The government plans an all out nuclear attack. - I EAT HEAVY METAL

IRON MAN
I eat heavy metal
Gargle premium gas
I drink heavy water
Nitro-demitasse

I eat heavy metal
I chew up limousines
I munch barbed wire
In my submarines

I like stainless razor
Sharpen appetite
I can swallow laser
If I'm eating light

I like anchor sandwich
Served on aluminum side
I like rusty fences
Locomotive pie

I eat heavy metal
I don't truck with tinsel
I drink heavy water
I eat turbo schnitzel

I eat big transformers
I like stoves and cans
Tasty rolled-steel-girders
I chomp copper pans

HOGARTH
He eats heavy metal

IRON MAN
I'm gonna say it one more time
I eat heavy metal
I gargle premium gas
I drink heavy water
Nitro-demitasse
That's all I drink people!

WOODLAND CREATURES
He eats heavy metal

IRON MAN
I chase it with nitro-demitasse
Har har har har . . . .



Hogarth has inspiration: he persuades the Iron Man to follow him to a scrap-metal yard where the giant lives happily eating all he wants. But one day the star Hogarth saw earlier begins to grow larger in the sky, dark and forbidding. The Vixen and her posse of woodland creatures agree with Hogarth: the star represents a strange new force entering his life and great suffering will have to be endured before everything comes right.- ALL SHALL BE WELL

HOGARTH
You can wake deep in the night
And know that out of sight
A dangerous passion grows
A force you can't oppose

VIXEN and HOGARTH
In the safety of your bed
You dream of a flaming head
You know you've lost your heart
You never even had a start

WOODLAND CREATURES
All shall be well
And all shall be well
And all manner of things
Shall be well

VIXEN
I was naked and dreaming
Behind locked doors
You'll still hear me screaming
Take me I'm yours

HOGARTH
Take me I'm yours

VIXEN and HOGARTH
Take me I'm yours
Don't offer any other option
But one that restores this land to me
This land where the color of love
Is be decree
Set it free!

HOGARTH
You can demand that your love's defined
Before you jump in blind
Keep everything to plan
So you can remain a man

CROW
You can demand that your love is defined
Before you break and jump in blind
You have to keep everything to plan
Just so that you can remain a man

HOGARTH
You have imprisoned half your soul
You have denied the love that you hold
Your angry heart never seems to break
You've learned to give, but not to take

VIXEN
One heart divided
Cold civil wars
Like twenty million people crying
Take me I'm yours

HOGARTH
Take me I'm yours

VIXEN and HOGARTH
Take me I'm yours
Don't offer any other opinion
But one that restores this land to me
This land where the color of love
Is by decree
Set it free!

WOODLAND CREATURES
All shall be well
And all shall be well
And all manner of things
Shall be well

HOGARTH
You can wake deep in the night
And find that out of sight
But right under your nose
A revolution grows



Hogarth gazes up at the star as it rushes toward the earth and sees there the face of a beautiful girl. He falls instantly and deeply in love with her.
- WAS THERE LIFE

HOGARTH
Was there life before this love
Was there love before this girl I can see
Was there ever love for her before me
And if I look will she
Look back at me
Is fantasy
Enough?

Was there heat before this flame
Were there flames before this fire in my heart
Was I wrong about it from the start
Am I in ecstasy
Or next to see
That fantasy
S'to blame
Was there life before this love . . . . . . .

If I look up will she
Look back at me
Is fantasy
Enough?

If this dream's within a dream
Then I'll never swoon quite deep enough
No hypnotic trance quite sleep enough . . . .

If in this sweet dream I'm flying
I will never fly quite high enough
You will hear me crying high above
"Was there ever life before this wonderful love?"



But as the star crashes down on the earth, and is revealed to be an awful Space Dragon that covers the whole of Australia, spilling over the edges. All the nations of the world join together to bombard the monster with their weapons. But they cannot hurt her. She gives a final ultimatum: she wants living flesh to eat or she will destroy the entire planet. - FAST FOOD

DRAGON
Fast food
Feed me fast
I've been waiting for an aeon
And I just won't last
I want fast food
I want food fast

WOODLAND CREATURES
Food fast food
She wants fast food
She wants food fast
Fast food fast

DRAGON
No I haven't booked
I don't want it grilled
I don't want it cooked
I don't even want it killed
If it's dead I heave
It makes me sick
So check that it can breathe
And bring it to me quick


I want food - fast
I want fast food
Frisky little children
Served up in the nude
Keep them coming
If you want my gratitude
Bring me food - fast
Now! I want fast food

WOODLAND CREATURES
Food fast food
She wants food fast
She wants fast food
Fast food fast

DRAGON
I must say it's gracious
Of you all to multiply
For I am voracious
And I need a huge supply
Of organic, bleeding
Palpitating swill
I'm ready for feeding
And don't want a bill

I want food - fast
I want fast food
Pretty naked girls
Preferably tattooed
I don't like fiber
Especially barbecued
I want food - fast
I want fast food

Long ago
I used to grace
Vegetarian restaurants
Out in space
But here below
I looked and saw
You were growing fat
On the spoils of war

I want food fast
I want fast food
Pulsating organs
Delicately chewed
I want to be like you
Rapacious and crude
I want food - fast
I want fast food

WOODLAND CREATURES
Food fast food
She wants  food fast
She wants  fast food
Fast food fast

DRAGON WOODLAND CREATURES
It's great to be down-under
It's great to be down under
With you slobbering jackeroos
With us slobbering jackeroos
I'm partial to a chunder
She's partial to a chunder
Over throbbing kangaroos
Over throbbing kangaroos
Now let your women breed
Now let our women breed?
Impale the sacred cow
Impale the sacred cow?
Because I'm dressed to feed
She's dressed to feed
She'll breast feed now

I want food!
Fast food
Because I'm so hungry can't you hear me?



Hogarth feels ridiculous for having professed his love for this awful creature. - A FOOL SAYS

HOGARTH
A fool
Says love is like a melody
Or something like a symphony
But this is cacophony
Never changing key

We
We can't fool our audience
We put up such a poor pretense
Don't hide a shred of evidence
We have no defense

WOODLAND CREATURES
A fool says
Love is foolproof

HOGARTH
A fool says . . . .
We
We can't fool our audience
We put up such a poor pretense
Don't hide a shred of evidence
We have no defense

WOODLAND CREATURES
A fool says
Love is foolproof




Fire (CD Single)
 Released on Atlantic PR 2974-2, 1989 (USA)

But Hogarth wants to defeat the Dragon and free his beloved, and runs to the Iron Man to ask for help. The Iron Man agrees to be his champion. The Iron Man challenges the Space Dragon to an ordeal by fire in one of Australia's enormous white-hot beaches. The Space Dragon accepts believing she can easily beat the relatively tiny Iron Man. The Iron Man must endure being heated to a melting point on a massive grid that he has to be fired up by Hogarth's father. The Space Dragon is so big that she has to fly into the heat of the sun, the fire large enough to encompass her. -FIRE

Fire! I'll take you to burn
Fire! I'm gonna take you to learn
I'll see you burn

You fought hard and you saved and earned
Now all of it's going to burn
In your mind, your tiny mind
You know you've been completely blind
Don't you dream of what you left so far behind?

Fire! To destroy all we've done
Fire! To end all we've become
I'll see you burn

You were living your life just like a little girl
Spreading your wings in the middle of this little world
In your mind your tiny mind
You know you've fallen far behind
Now you're gonna burn

Fire! You're gonna burn!



After a series of terrible test which neither opponent seems likely to survive, the Dragon gives in. She lands back on earth for the last time, so badly burned that her skin has hardened into precious gems which scatter all over the earth. At that moment Hogarth sees his beloved walk from the body of the Dragon to his side. The terrible Space Dragon, so awful on the outside, had trapped not only the soul of this girl, but the souls of millions of children all crying for liberation. They all walk free at last, singing confidently. - NEW LIFE

BADGER and CROW
What we want is a brand new year
Open your heart and set us free
What we need is a brand new life
We'll decide on our own destiny

WOODLAND CREATURES
What we want is a brand new life
For every brother and sister - husband and wife
For the single and lonely, living in fear
What we want is a brand new year

CROW
While this year is still young enough for laughter
We must insist that no tears follow after
Resolve to be strong
And right the wrong
Inflicted on you and me

WOODLAND CREATURES
What we want is a brand new life
For every brother and sister - husband and wife
For the single and lonely, living in fear
What we want is a brand new year

CROW
You know there are changes waiting in the future
Some of them'll hurt yer, some of them'll suit yer
One thing to be certain of
You control your own destiny

WOODLAND CREATURES
What we want is a brand new life
For every brother and sister - husband and wife
For the single and lonely, living in fear
What we want is a brand new year

JAY and BADGER
What we want is a new conception
A child to lead us out of here
Free from mistrust with no deception
What we want is a brand new year

CROW JAY
While the midnight bells are rung
We are waking from a peaceful dream
Where children go to school
And play the fool
Decide their own destiny

HOGARTH
While this year's still young
You've got to show us that our kids are totally free
They wanna go to school, they wanna play the fool
They gotta decide on their own destiny
They have to guide the course of their own destiny
They gotta have pride enough to know their own destiny

WOODLAND CREATURES
What we want is a brand new year
Open your hearts and set them free
What we want is a brand new life
And to decide on our own destiny

HOGARTH CROW
What do we want
What do we need
What do we want right now
What do we need right here
We want a brand new life now
We need a brand new year

JAY
Woooooooooooh!


The Iron Man makes the Dragon his slave and becomes a world wide hero. He asks the Dragon why she threatened the earth and what she can do. She explains that she could fly around space singing the beautiful music of the spheres, but the awful things that men were doing on earth distracted her, and she wanted to join in. The Iron Man tells her she must go to the dark side of the moon so that she can make her music without frightening people. This will ensure that the earth remains a peaceful place where the screams of children are never heard. - REPRISE


WOODLAND CREATURES

All shall be well
And all shall be well
And all manner of things

As the joyful people sing, the Iron Man sits once again in his yard, chewing up scrap. The Space Dragon takes off to the moon filling the air with music.


The Iron Man Interview (Promo)
(The Interview with Pete Townshend)
Released on Atlantic pr 2806,1989. (USA)


THE IRON MAN (bonus tracks)
Released on Hip-o records  B0007133-02
Released August 29,2006
Bonus tracks : Dig (Simon's Vocal), Man Machines (Long Version) &  Heavy Metal (Demo)

Dig (Simon's Vocal)

A few variations compared to the original version of Dig above, only sung by Simon Townshend


Man Machines (Long Version)
Written by Pete Townshend
Published by Windswept o/b/o Towser tunes

Man makes machines
To man the machines
That make the machines
That make the machines.

Make a machine
To make a machine
Man and machine
Will make a machine
To break the machines
That make the machines.

I am a war machine forged in the past
Jointly in several some of my past
I's a war machine
I am your machine.

I am a war machine hungry to gorge
On the steel and the crow the war mongrels forge
I'm a war machine
I am your machine.

I'll destroy robots that take them and share
I'll eat the factories the cores in the air
I'm a war machine
I am your machine.

Fools say love is fool proof
Fools say love is fool proof

I'll bring down fences tear up the skin
I will be solo preparing to win
I'm a war machine
I am your machine

I am the edge to break your blade
I destroy weapons that you have made
I am a war machine
I am your machine

Fools say love is fool proof
Fools say love is fool proof
Fools say love is fool proof
Fools say love is fool proof

I'll bring down fences tear up the skin
I will be solo preparing to win
I'm a war machine
I am your machine

I am an edge to break your blade
I destroy weapons that you have made
I'm a war machine
I am your machine

I consume more machines swallow them hole
If I am broken I still have a soul
I'm a war machine
I am your machine

Make a machine
To make a machine
Man and machine
Will make a machine
To break the machines
That make the machines

Heavy Metal Demo
Written by Pete Townshend
Published by Windswept o/b/o Towser tunes

I eat heavy metal
Guzzle premium gas
I drink heavy water
Nitro-demitasse
I eat heavy metal
I chew limousines
I munch barbed wire
In my submarines

I like stainless razor
Sharpen appetite
I can swallow laser
If I'm eating light
I like anchor sandwich
Served on aluminum side
I like rusty fences
Locomotive pie

He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal

Captain of tomb
Energy screaming
He can always eat the railing
Can't get a ticket for Bruce's gig
He can threaten to eat the rain
Playing golf puck as a feather
He can always chew his putter
If he score want some tuck
He will simply eat a truck
When a broad foods is not a factor
He can simply eat a tractor
Out at sea can't find chips
He can munch on battleships

(inaudible) like delinquent parents
Almost like he should eat ball bearings
Gleam at the stars on stacks of fire
Tennessee and fantasy made of Iron

I eat heavy metal
I don't truck with tinsel
I drink heavy water
I eat turbo schnitzel
I eat big transformers
I like stoves and cans
Tasty rolled-steel-girders
I chomp copper pans

He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal

In the park the team is failing
He can always eat the railing
Can't get a ticket to Bruce's gig
He can threaten to eat the rain
Playing golf puck as a feather
He can always eat his putter
When a broad food is not a factor
He will simply eat a tractor

I eat heavy metal
I guzzle premium gas
I drink heavy water
Nitro-demitasse

 He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal
He eats heavy metal...

Yea


A Friend Is A Friend
Promo Video Released 1989 by Atlantic Video

All  lyrics1988 Heavy Metabolics Limited
all rights for the U.S.A. controlled and administered by Towser Tunes Inc.
Except Fire 1968 Gowmonk, ASCAP.

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