"I Can See For Miles" as written by and Peter Townshend....
I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

If you think that I don't know about the little tricks you've played
And never see you when deliberately you put things in my way

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away
I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say

That you still want me
Well, that's as may be
But you gotta stand trial
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
And miles and miles and miles and miles

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles


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"I Can See for Miles" as written by Peter Townshend

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  • +4
    General CommentNo, I don't think that's right. In the song he's accusing his girlfriend of being decietful/cheating...that doesn't seem right that Pete would do that as a "warning" or whatever. I think it's just about a guy knowing that his significant other is cheating on him. Nothing extraordinary.
    llowellon June 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt seems as if the woman cheated on him and resents it. but perhaps now hes giving her another chance and just watching her very closly or maybe its like OpinionHead said where its a promise that to his next lover he will be watch over her a lot because hes been cheated on before. I don't know that just what I get out of it...
    House-of-Secretson June 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI never understood why Pete loved this song so much until I realised it applied to someone I know. Once you start feeling that way about someone else, the song suddenly has so much more power.

    The failure of the song to sell actually prompted Townshend to focus more on albums than singles, resulting in the masterpieces Tommy, Quadrophenia and (from Lifehouse) Who's Next.
    Regos the Saneon June 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnother who song that seems to describe Townshend's failed issues with women. Had a relationship with a cheater, sounds like.

    The drum work is easily top 10 all time for a single. It underachieved as a single, which is too bad. The US wasn't ready for a song like this, I guess. It is timeless, sounds good decades later.
    Slash01on April 01, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat if they had used the Metric system? Thank God they hadn't! This song proves imperial system all the way!
    Coolinbnyon April 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe it's ironic and is about jealousy. He has these images of what his partner might do when he's away or not looking but he also knows it's probably his own jealous mind playing tricks on him. Ironic in the way that he can't see for miles...
    BoyNamedSue74on May 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was written by Pete Towshend for his future wife Karen. It was saying that even though he was away for long periods, he would always keep a watchful eye on her.
    topace129on April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth of your opinions make sense. Maybe it was about a woman other than Karen who cheated on Pete?
    Flinchy17on October 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about anybody whose been cheated on in the past and this is there promise to their next lover that he or she will watch the other an eagle eye. It seems to simple for a song meaning, but many songs have face value meanings.
    OpinionHeadon February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*and he resents it*
    House-of-Secretson June 04, 2005   Link

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