"Cousin Kevin" as written by and John Entwistle....
We're on our own, cousin
All alone, cousin
Let's think of a game to play
Now the grown-ups have all gone away
You won't be much fun
Being blind, deaf and dumb
But I've no-one to play with today
Do you know how to play hide-and-seek?
To find me it would take you a week
But tied to that chair
You won't go anywhere
There's a lot I can do with a freak
How would you feel if I
Turned on the bath
Ducked your head under
And started to laugh?
What would you do if I shut you outside
To stand in the rain
And catch cold so you died?

I'm the school bully!
The classroom cheat
The nasty play friend
You ever could meet
I'll stick pins in your fingers
And tread on your feet

We're on our own, cousin
All alone, cousin
Let's think of a game to play
Now the grown-ups have all gone away
You won't be much fun
Being blind, deaf and dumb
But I've no-one to play with today
Do you know how to play hide-and-seek?
To find me it would take you a week
But tied to that chair
You won't go anywhere
There's a lot I can do with a freak

Maybe a cigarette burn on your arm
Would change your expression
To one of alarm
I'll drag you around by a lock of your hair
Or give you a push
At the top of the stairs

I'm the school bully!
The classroom cheat
The nasty play friend
You ever could meet
I'll put glass in your dinner
And spikes in your seat


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"Cousin Kevin" as written by John Entwistle

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  • +1
    General CommentPete Townshend decided that Tommy needed to be taken advantage of. Pete was unable to write a song about Tommy being bullied due to his personal experiences (he was bullied because of his nose). Pete told John Entwistle to write the song. John created Cousin Kevin and based the character on a bully he knew and fought (John won the fight:).

    Kevin is probably Ernie's son. Ernie may have molested Kevin and that may have lead him to a disturbed, violent life. Christmas also probably sets the scene for this song.

    I love the piano.
    babathespider515on July 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Kevin is probably Ernie's son. Ernie may have molested Kevin and that may have lead him to a disturbed, violent life."

    Yeah, I thought of that too.
    AyeAyeReturnson July 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhere are you all getting this "billy idol is cousin kevin" shit? cousin kevin was played by paul nicholas...
    tricksinesson January 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThoughts on bullying. Intimidation can affect you at any age. It can come from a fellow classmate, a coach, even a teacher, or a member of your family. There is really no age when bullying and intimidation stop. Of course as they age and the hairline recedes, the bully's methods change a bit but they are still not hard to recognize.

    Bullying is comprised of repeated acts over time that involves an imbalance of power with the more powerful individual or group abusing the less powerful. Wow this stuff happens with groups too ?! The power imbalance may be social power. Probably not physical power you can go to jail for that. Maybe something more subtle? Intentionally inflicting discomfort upon another person. That would be cowardly but that is the point. Seldom is this kind of thing out in the open that would leave the bully not many avenues to pursue the behavior. Other methods are saying certain words that trigger a reaction from a past event, mocking and false rumours. It can involve humiliation, sabotage and harrassment. Hard to imagine adults would behave this way but yet it goes on.

    Some bullies actually grow up and evolve over time into wonderful human beings. Probably the exception and not the rule. Unfortunately adults who bully have a strong innate need to dominate and by demeaning others they feel empowererd! In other words this is how they get their kicks.
    Arachidamiaon March 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentamazing druming by keith moon on the album
    orboknownon April 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song basically showcases the fact that John Entwistle had the best dark humor ever and that even though this song is sadistic it is freakin awesome!!!
    whofreak777on November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis always seemed like a proto-goth song to me with all the moaning and slow beat. still A good song
    Staticburn89on March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs the cousin Kevin of this song the son of Uncle Ernie? Just a thought.
    Child Of Musicon May 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA bully is being mean to someone just because they are "different" and have impairments
    CuteSparkinaon May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Movie scene rules
    Schmefon September 24, 2005   Link

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