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Bill's Pete Townshend Pages › Who Came First

WHO CAME FIRST

Who Came First Full Page Ad
from Rolling Stone Magazine
November 23, 1972. Issue #122.

SIDE ONE

Pure and Easy

There once was a note, pure and easy
Playing so free, like a breathe rippling by
The note is eternal, I hear it, it sees me
Forever we blend as forever we die

I listened and I heard, music in a word
And words when you played your guitar
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering
And a child flew past me, riding in a star
As people assemble, civilization
Is trying to find a new way to die
But killing is really, merely scene changer
All men are bored, with other men's lives

I listened and I heard, music in a word
And words when you played your guitar
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering
And a child flew past me, riding on a star

We all know success, when we all find our own dreams
And our love is enough to knock down any walls
And the future's been seen, as men try to realize
The simple secret of the note in us all
in us all
(guitar break)

I listened and I heard, music in a word
And words when you played your guitar
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering
And a child flew past me, riding in a star

The day is the day, the sound covers mountains
blowing, blowing each man into wake
destroying its self in the end with vibrations
there's nothing on earth it's challenge can take

excepting one note
Excepting one note, pure and easy
Playing so free, like a breathe rippling by

excepting one note, excepting one note

There once was a note,...listen
There once was a note,...listen
(fade)


EVOLUTION

Well, once I was a stone, many years ago
Into a pool was thrown, many years ago
Time went by and the pool ran dry
Excavated was I, and tempered and beat in the fiery heat
By the hand of a man, whose name was Dan, Dan the blacksmith

Well once I was a daisy, many years ago
In pastures green and lazy, many years ago
But I was et by a goat who fell in a moat
And forgetting to float he sunk like a lead and stayed until dead
And was relieved to find just how kind it all was

Well, once I was a bullfrog, had to struggle for survival
And once I was a carp and lived in waters on the meadow
And once I was a mynah bird, quoting verses from the Bible
I said pretty boy, pretty boy, Saint Luke

(Guitar solo)

Then I was born a human baby, many years ago
I remember I was born unto a lady, many years ago
All our hopes were piled on the back of a child
Who turned out to be wild, sent the devil a prayer
Caused the parson to swear so I took my leave
To lie and thieve, on my way to jail

Well, I've been a tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor
Known good times and disaster
But now I have a teacher and my teacher has a master
And the master is perfection, so he'll help us get there faster
Don't need no proof, 'cause that's the truth, and I'll drink to that!


FOREVER'S NO TIME AT ALL
Lyrics and Music by Billy Nicholls

And nothing sure is forever
When forever's no time at all
As I lie amongst the heather bed
High above the ocean's roar

I seem to hear my name being called
Yet who am I waiting for
And I love the lover who loves with
All the love he has and more

And now that the summer's ending
And your baby cries out to sea
I do feel that I am drowning
In the love that you're sending me

And now that the summer's ending
And your baby cries out to sea
I do feel that I am drowning
In the love that you're sending me


NOTHING IS EVERYTHING (LET'S SEE ACTION)

Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's see freedom
Let's see who cares
Take me with you
When you leave me
And my shell
Behind us there

I have learned it
Known who burned me
Avatar has warmed my feet
Take me with you
Let me see you
Time and life can meet

Rumor has it
Minds are open
Then you must fill them up with lies
Future passing
Nothing lasting
I try to scream, 'cause nothing dies]

Nothing is, everything
Everything is, nothing is
Please the people
Audiences
Break the fences, nothing is

Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's see freedom
In the air
Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's be free
Let's see who cares

Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's see freedom
In the air
Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's be free
Let's see who cares

(GUITAR SOLO)

Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's see freedom
In the air
Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's be free
Let's see who cares

Give me a drink, boy
Wash my feet
I'm so tired of running
From my own heat
Take this package
And here's what you do
Gotta get this
Information through

I don't know where I'm going
I don't know what I need
But I'll get to where I'm gonna end up
And that's alright by me

I've been running from side to side
Now I know for sure, that both sides lied
It's got so hard, but we gotta keep trying
I can't stand to see my people crying

I don't know where I'm going
I don't know what I need
But I'll get to where I'm gonna end up
And that's alright by me

Ba ba ba etc

I don't know where I'm going
I don't know what I need
But I'll get to where I'm gonna end up
And that's alright by me

Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's see freedom
In the air
Let's see action
Let's see people
Let's be free
Let's see who cares

Nothing is, everything
Everything is, nothing


Poster by Mike McInnery.


SIDE TWO

TIME IS PASSING

I'm playing my guitar while my sister bangs the jar
The glass sets up a sound like people laughing
It's going to my brain and it's easing all my pain
I must hear this sound again 'cause time is passing

Mmm.

I'm walking by the sea and the shingle sings for me
The crabs are swimming down among the starfish
The rocks all clatter down and the seagulls fly around
But the whole trip rubs it in that time is passing, passing

Find it, I got to hear it all again...
My heart has heard the sound of harmony
Blind to it, as my tears fall again
It's only by the music I'll be free

There's something in the whisper of the trees
Millions hear it, still they can't believe
There are echoes of it splashing in the waves
As an empire of dead men leave their graves

Don't listen to people talk, don't listen to 'em selling souls
Don't listen to me or words from men above
Don't hear it in your needs and don't hear it in your greed's
Just hear it in the sound of time a passing

Find it, I got to hear it all again
My heart has heard the sound of harmony
Blind to it, as my tears fall again
It's only by the music I'll be free


THERE'S A HEARTACHE FOLLOWING ME

Sometimes they ask me if I’m really happy now.
I say sure, I never loved her anyhow.
But inside I long for you and the way it used to be,
I look around, and there’s a heartache following me.

I always say that I’m really glad you’re gone.
I even act like I never cared at all.
But your memory lingers on and I’m never really free,
I look around and there's a heartache following me.

I pawned my ring and every thing that tied me to the past.
I say I never loved you, never meant for it to last.
But I know it’s just a game, and the losers always me
I look around, and there’s a heartache following me.

Sometimes they ask me if I’m really happy now.
I say sure, I never loved her anyhow.
But inside I long for you and the way it used to be,
I look around, and there’s a heartache following me.
I look around, and there’s a heartache following me.


SHERATON GIBSON

I'm sitting' in the Sheraton Gibson playing' my Gibson
And boy do I wanna go home.
I'm sitting' in the Sheraton Gibson playing' my Gibson
And boy do I feel all alone.
Cleveland, you blow my mind.
Cleveland, I wish I were home this time.
Don't want to be unkind .

But I'm sitting' in the Sheraton Gibson playing' my Gibson
Thinking' 'bout a sunny barbeque
I'm sitting in the Sheraton Gibson playing' my Gibson
And my mind is a Cleveland afternoon.
Cleveland, you blow my mind.
Cleveland, I wish I were home this time
Don't  wanna be unkind.
Cleveland, you blow my mind.
Cleveland, I wish I were home this time.
Don't wanna be unkind.

Oh Cleveland, you blow my mind.
Oh Cleveland, I wish I were home this time
Don't  wanna be unkind.

But I'm sitting in the Sheraton Gibson playing' my Gibson
And boy do I wanna go home.


CONTENT

I am ready to learn and grow
I am alone with the truth
I am brave what is there to fear
I am strong, God supports me
I am patient, each moment of eternity
I am able to help when necessary
I am happy singing in the arms of God

I am balanced, keeping mind and heart equal
I am complete when I forget myself
I am receptive to each message of love
I am responsive to all that lives
I am happy singing in the arms of God
Enough, I am content
I am content


PARVARDIGAR
Adopted from Meher Baba's universal prayer

O Parvardigar, the Preserver and Protector of all
Without beginning are you Lord without end
Non-dual, beyond compare, and none can measure You
Without color, expression, or form, nor attributes to live

You are unlimited and unfathomable
Imperishable beyond conception by our minds
No one  can defy  you ,oh God you are eternal
None can see you but with eyes divine

You always were, You always are, and always will be
You are everywhere, in everything and beyond
In the firmament above and in the deep
On all the seven planes and farther on
And in all that’s hidden to our eyes and always see

Beyond the trinity of words and in the vow
You can not be perceived or no one shall repent
O Parvardigar preserve protect us all
Without begging are you Lord without end
You always were, You always are, and always will be

You are the Creator, the Lord of Lords
The knower of all minds and hearts
Omnipotent, omnipresent, from you we cower
You are Knowledge, Infinite Bliss, Infinite Power

You are the ocean of knowledge knowing all
Infinitely knowing, but cannot tell
The knower of the past, the present and future
crowning even this, your knowledge itself

Oh merciful benevolent eternal
You're the trinity of Knowledge, Truth and Bliss
You are the source of Truth, The One with infinite attributes
You are the ocean of love we sorely miss

You always were, You always are, and always will be
You are the Ancient One, the Highest of the High
You are Prabhu and Parameshwar
You are the Beyond God, Beyond-Beyond God also
Parabrahma; Paramatma and Allah
Yezdan; Ahuramazda and God the Beloved

O Parvardigar, the Preserver and Protector of all
Without beginning are you Lord without end
You are named Ezad, the only one worthy of worship
We sing the universal prayer to you Amen


WHO CAME FIRST
Bonus Track
Released on Hip-o records B0005942-02
Released August 29,2006

I Always Say

I went down to see my sister
The story was the same
She said oh Brother you got to help me
He's gone and left me again
I said he's probably just been out all night drinking
Like the men you married always like to do
He's probably lying in some gutter somewhere
Hopelessly some side of you.

And there's nothing going to keep away the bad times
It's going to find you every day
And there's nothing going to keep away Heaven, come what may
I always say.

And then I went on back home to my Mother
She told me Son your dear Dad is dead and gone
Oh honey how am I gonna pay the rent now
How's your poor mother gonna get along
I said Mother take the curlers out of your hair
And don't you dare dress in black
Don't mind the neighbors get out to find another lover
Cause no mans crying going to bring him back.

And there's nothing going to keep away the trouble
It's going to find you every day
But then there's nothing going to keep away Heaven, come what may
I always say.
And there's nothing going to keep away the bad times
There going to find you every day
But then nothings going to keep away Heaven, come what may
I always say.

And I go home to see my woman
and as I walk in through the door
I see a note lying on the table
And I know what it says and who's it for
And what am I gonna do without you baby
I'll miss your loving tender kiss
I'll have to spend a lonely life with out ya
But honey let me tell you this
If there's nothing going to keep away the bad times
Gonna find me every day
Will meet again in Heaven, come what may
I always say.

Cause it's the Lord, ETC.

If there's nothing going to keep away the bad times
They gonna find me every day
But will meet again in Heaven, come what may
I always say.


Sample Copy (promo) Back cover to show promo sticker
Released on Decca 79189 (USA)
Released in 1972.
The promo came with the poster above and a 11"X 8.5" 16 page booklet (Adobe PDF File)
(Extremely Rare)


All songs 1972 By Pete Townshend Track Music,Inc.-BMI
except Evolution: WB Music Corp. ASCAP
Forever's No Time At All: Towser Tunes,ABKCO Music Inc
There's A Heartache Following Me: Sony Tree Publishing Inc BMI


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