"Eyesight to the Blind" as written by and Willie Sonny Boy Williamson....
You talk about your woman
I wish you could see mine
You talk about your woman
I wish you could see mine
Every time she starts to lovin'
She brings eyesight to the blind

You know her daddy gave her magic
I can tell by the way she walks
Her daddy gave her magic,
I can tell by the way she walks
Every time she start to shakin'
The dumb begin to talk

She's got the power to heal you, never fear!
She's got the power to heal you, never fear!
Just a word from her lips
And the deaf begin to hear


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"Eyesight To The Blind" as written by Willie Sonny Boy Williamson

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    General Commentmy least faveroite song on "Tommy", didnt have much plot to the story nor a intresting beat
    Staticburn89on February 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is a cover, although i can't remember who does the original. doesn't make much sense putting a cover on a concept album, does it? good song, though.
    misirlouon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSonny Boy Williamson does the original. I really love this song. I mean, how could you not use this song? How many other songs include references to the blind, dumb, and deaf other than a song from Tommy?
    Flinchy17on September 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually it was Eric Clapton who did this originally. The song is sung while he walks down a church-like aisle and is surrounded by women wearing Marilyn Monroe masks, because she is the woman he is referring to as being so powerful. They all behave as though they are attending a mass.

    Tommy is brought to the church in hopes of finding a cure and he eventually reaches out to a huge statue of M.M. and it comes crashing down.
    soze_umamaon January 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a person trying to get Tommy's parents to pay for Tommy to get laid. "Every time she starts lovin'..."
    babathespider515on July 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually according to answers.com mose allison wrote it originally.
    floydian18on July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNope, it was Sonny Boy Williamson in 1948. Mose Allison covered it again in 1958 or '59, and changed the lyrics slightly.

    The Who covered it again, using Mose Allison's minorly changed lyrics as a base, then changing it some more to suit the feel of Tommy.
    EveryMnon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwho ever said eric clapton did this song first is an idiot he did it in the movie. only because pete helped him with a drug problem and eric owed him a favor. The song is about the acid queen and its the pimp saying that she can do all of this for tommy.
    switch755on December 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe hawker= pimp
    switch755on December 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think originally in the context of "Tommy", this song was the Hawker advertising the Acid Queen, but in the movie, it was a separate attempt to heal Tommy, through a cult dedicated to either the love of women or maybe the famous.
    Ttonkytonkon September 16, 2010   Link

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