"So Sad About Us" as written by and Peter Townshend....
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So sad about us
So sad about us
Sad that the news is out now
Sad, suppose we can't turn back now
Sad about us

So bad about us
So bad about us
Bad, never meant to break up
Bad, suppose we'll never make up
Bad about us

Apologies mean nothing
When the damage is done
But I can't switch off my loving
Like you can't switch off the sun

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So sad about us
So sad about us
Sad, never meant to break up
Sad, suppose we'll never make up
Sad about us


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"So Sad About Us" as written by Pete Townshend

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    Song MeaningThis is a criticism of American foreign policy dressed up as a break up song. It's written from the point of view of an American citizen. Remember that it was written after the Korean war, with the Bay of Pigs incident in the recent past and the Vietnam war hotting up. You have to read it as 'so sad about U.S.' and then it makes sense. He's saying that the U.S. won't be able to turn back from its current (in 1966) disastrous path. The 'break up' in the song is the break up of Korea into North and South and the inevitable similar path to come in Vietnam. He can't switch off his loving because he loves his country, but his country can't switch off 'the sun' - the threat of nuclear war (a nuclear explosion is so bright it's like looking at the sun). So sad.
    Gregpeckon April 05, 2014   Link
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    General Commentwow weird..i wanted to find out more about the who cuz this guy i like (aka my ex) went to their concert so i downloaded some of their songs and this one just describes how i feel perfectly..
    happyclam17on September 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI LIKE SEAN
    happyclam17on September 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI AM HEEEATHER VANNNNY
    happyclam17on September 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentafter reading those three comments before mine, i am officially depressed
    Quadrophenicon June 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song though, pretty self-explanatory lyrics
    Quadrophenicon June 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt the beginning of a relationship the LAST thing you'd ever feel or think is:

    Bad - never meant to break up
    Bad - suppose we'll never make up

    That's why this is so powerful. Somehow relationships take a turn for the worse and there's no going back. Sad song.
    hockyjockyon September 23, 2008   Link

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