"Bargain" as written by and Pete Townshend....
I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I had
To find you I'd suffer anything and be glad

I'd pay any price just to get you
I'd work all my life and I will
To win you I'd stand naked, stoned and stabbed

I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I got
To catch you I'm gonna run and never stop

I'd pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I'm gonna drown an unsung man

I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had

I sit looking 'round
I look at my face in the mirror
I know I'm worth nothing without you
And like one and one don't make two
One and one make one
And I'm looking for that free ride to me
I'm looking for you

I'd gladly lose me to find you
I'd gladly give up all I got
To catch you I'm gonna run and never stop

I'd pay any price just to win you
Surrender my good life for bad
To find you I'm gonna drown an unsung man

I'd call that a bargain
The best I ever had
The best I ever had


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"Bargain" as written by Pete Townshend

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  • +2
    General CommentYeah flinchy17 and dukeface are exactly right, he's saying how the worst suffering possible on this earth isn't a good enough price to be with God. Having a full life of suffering and pain to be with God is a 'Bargain'

    VERY, VERY powerful song, one of the best ever
    wildmonkeys77on December 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe meaning of this song comes across loud and clear. its probably the most passionate love song ive ever heard. imagine someone saying to you "to win you, id stand naked, stoned, and stabbed... id call that a bargain". i mean, damn, thats good stuff.
    i just hope i dont associate this song with car commercials for the rest of my life...
    PJ10on June 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWho's the philosopher who talked about the God-shaped hole in man? I think it's about the hunger for the true higher being and the lengths he will go to find it and therefore find himself.

    One and one make one
    And I'm looking for that free ride to me
    I'm looking for you

    I think maybe drown an unsung man isn't him drowning anyone, but that he will drown in some figuative sense, and drown as an unsung man. Something about humility as a path to find what he's looking for.
    squareon February 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a love song to God. my dad is the ultimate WHO fan!! and he knows that this is about God. i looked it up to see what people would say its about.
    Rosebud135on December 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThough it doesn't really mesh well with a death setting, I want this song to be played at my funeral (yes its pompous of me to think of myself as being a bargain, etc. buuuut...)

    Oh yea, and its my second favourite song ever. Awesome.
    Truck101on May 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song could stand alone as the reason Keith Moon is considered by many as the best drummer ever. Listen to the last minute of the song to see what I mean.
    Zoltaron September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKiller song, too bad they sold it out for those gay car commercials.

    The guitar, and drums as well in this song rock.
    Muzzyon March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*crying* the first time I heard this was on a car ad :D

    But I think Won't Get Fooled Again is an even better demonstration of Keith Moon. The drum solo at 7:30 is great. But the drum filler here is really great too.
    AeroLed286on April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is a love song, kind of. not a normal one. he isn't singing it to a woman, but to his spiritual leader. (Meher Baba?) basically saying that he would give up everything to reach enlightenment, or whatever it is that he was seeking. i don't really understand those eastern beliefs too well.
    dukefaceon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnybody with ears must have a fantasy about somebody they want to have as a lover. When it comes to real life, we eventually a real-life lover who blows the fantasy out of the water. I would call that a bargain, the best I have ever had. One and one make one could be a veiled reference to the idea of two fleshs becoming one (as with the institution of marriage). It is a great love song and not the typical shlock that is blasted across the sound waves.
    OpinionHeadon May 25, 2004   Link

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