"My Generation" as written by and Peter Townshend....
People try to put us d-down (talkin' 'bout my generation)
Just because we get around (talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (talkin' 'bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don't you all f-fade away (talkin' 'bout my generation)
Don't try to dig what we all s-s-s-say (talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm not trying to 'cause a big s-s-sensation (talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-g-g-generation (talkin' 'bout my generation)

My generation
This is my generation, baby

Why don't you all f-fade away (talkin' 'bout my generation)
And don't try to d-dig what we all s-s-say (talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm not trying to 'cause a b-big s-s-sensation (talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-g-generation (talkin' 'bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby
My my my generation

People try to put us d-down (talkin' 'bout my generation)
Just because we g-g-get around (talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (talkin' 'bout my generation)
Yeah, I hope I die before I get old (talkin' 'bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby
My my my generation

(Talkin' 'bout my generation)
(Talkin' 'bout my generation)
(Talkin' 'bout my generation)
(Talkin' 'bout my generation)
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) this is my generation
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) this is my generation
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) this is my generation
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) this is my generation
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) this is my generation
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) this is my generation
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) this is my generation


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"My Generation" as written by Peter Townshend

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  • +5
    General CommentI read in ROLLING STONE that the stuttering is meant to sound like the mods, who were all on amphetamines. It is not making fun of them. The song is saying that older people should not judge the youth according to their outdated standards, but let them live how they want to.
    sammy4770on April 25, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentForgetting all that shit about the stuttering....

    The REST of the song is about how Pete is scorning the older generation, because he was driving in a new car he bought and an older woman drove up next to him and said "Driving Mummy's car now are we?"

    It pissed him off so he wrote this song. Kind of saying that just because they're young doesn't mean they can't provide for themselves, and that the older generation sucks ass.
    guitaresson April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKewl song about youth anxst and rebellion. Like the earlier version of "Teen Spirit"
    jkdudeon May 14, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmany bands have covored this song but no1s will be as good as the original
    mr. bojengleson June 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat the hell. i think shauncreany needs to lay off the pills himself
    mike2fekon March 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti was told the stutter was put in there because roger used to have a stutter. this was one of the first songs they wrote, when roger still had a stutter, and they thought it sounded cool on this song, so they left it in...i'm probably wrong tho
    Potatoes9000on April 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd thus the old fogey have the right to think the civilization is stepping ever closer to the grave. That seems to be a universal theme in the perpetual war beteen young and old. The young think the old fogeys are keeping them back and vice versa. Both sides think the other is dangling society as a whole over the void. We all fall down and become no more. By and large, both sides believe mental madness reigns. While My Generation speaks about the angst of the youth, Mama's Little Helper by the Stones speaks about the angst of the mother and her need for Prozac or whatever antidepressant she is on. The mother is a representation of the old and everybody is driving her nucking futs. The 1960's was probably the key battleground who was going to destroy us faster. It has been repeated in every subsequent decade since then, reaching a head in the 90's and it has yet to really manifest itself once more. I could be ranting nonsensically but that is what I think about the subject.
    OpinionHeadon May 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think i read somewhere that the stutter was meant to show that the guy in the song was still a touch unsure of what he was sayin. anyhoo we cover this song, its great fun to play, really simple with some nice bass solos!
    AaronXIIIon October 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the stutters are supposed to mean the kids are not being able to say what they really want to say... They get very angry but calm down just for the sake of being able to say how they feel. Note most of the stutters sounds like they're going to say a foul word:

    "Things they do look awful c-c-cold" = Things they do look awful crap.
    "Why don't you all fff-fade away" = Why don't you all fuck off.
    "I'm not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation" = I'm not trying to cause a big stir.

    Well that is just my guess.
    Eatcarpeton December 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentomg, i read in the paper that hilary duff did this song, its an insult to such a great song! i couldent believe it. yeah this song does have an excellant bass solo, and also with the stuttering, i heard it was an accident when they practiced it and they decided to keep it.
    who_rockon March 03, 2005   Link

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