(Pete's theme)

Only love
Can make it rain
The way the beach is kissed by the sea.
Only love
Can make it rain
Like the sweat of lovers
Laying in the fields.

Love, reign o'er me.
Love, reign o'er me, reign o'er me, reign o'er me.

Only love
Can bring the rain
That makes you yearn to the sky.
Only love
Can bring the rain
That falls like tears from on high.

Love, reign o'er me, reign o'er me, reign o'er me.
Love, reign o'er me, reign o'er me, reign o'er me.

On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spend apart alone
I need to get back home to cool cool rain.
I can't sleep and I lay and I think
The nights is hot and black as ink
Oh God, I need a drink of cool cool rain.


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Love, Reign O'er Me song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentI particularly like the play on the word 'reign'. Townshend's song is essentially a plea for love to dominate, control and "reign o'er" him. However, there's also strong references to rain and the cleansing effect of water in the song.

    It's not about any particular person, though. It has to do with the schizophrenic Jimmy choosing to take his life down a sturdier, less violent path than that of the mods.
    Daily_Recordson November 22, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentjust finished listening to quadrophenia for the first time OMG ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS I HAVE EVER HEARD. nearly every song is great, its creative, and its entertaining. love the puns throughout the album (can you sea/see the real me; love rain/reign o'er me; those are the ones i found). i think i kinda understand the ocean references now: the character, Jimmy, guess, has kind of an ebbing and changing personality, but what he really wants to be (and i guess achieves at the end) is a stable rock, who can endure the pounding sea and rain (making this up off the top of my head so stick with me). about the song, i guess tryin to redo the emotion they put into Listening to You, and did a pretty good job of it too. i have a Quadrophenia shirt, but i wore it a lot before i downloaded this album so now i feel really bad about myself. looks like im goin to have to see the movie now! ;-)
    ICantLeaveU2Behindon May 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUnbelievable song, probably my favorite song by The Who, maybe my all time favorite song ever. I love the part starting 'On the dry and dusty road'. This song is so great, Roger just tears it up with his voice. To me, this song is a sad, emotional, heart rending defeat of the main character, Jimmy. He's given up completely, and it's incredible. Best sogn ever!
    whofreak777on November 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI had a strong spiritual experience with this song years ago. The rain started falling as I was in a prayer circle with three other camp counselors. The song wasn't playing at the time but it immediately came to mind as the rain fell on the roof of the chapel. After three years the song still resonates in my soul.
    OpinionHeadon February 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentQuadropheia is a story and at the end of the story, Jimmy steals a boat and takes it to a rock out on the sea. What happens out on the rock is described in this song.
    kfe2on February 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJimmy has taken a boat out to the rock and climbed up, only for the boat to float away. The wind is strong, there is thunder in the distance and it has started to rain. Jimmy is convinced he is going to die and begins to focus on what is going on around him. He realises that every drop of rain is going into the ocean and becoming part of it. He finally understands that he is like the ocean and his four personalities are drops of water. He has to accept that he can't be a tough guy, a romantic, a bloody lunatic or a hypocritical beggar in isolation; he is and always will be all four. He must learn to love and embrace this, and Townshend has said that ultimately the hypocrite becomes the dominant personality because of this acceptance of the four incompatible aspects of Jimmy.
    Regos the Saneon June 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite Quadrophenia song ever, and my 6th favourite song ever. Just incredible feeling, vibe, etc. Its an epic song.
    Truck101on May 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat vocal proformence.
    Philadelphia Eagleson September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso, why did the writer put (Pete's theme) at the beginning of the lyrics?
    ICantLeaveU2Behindon May 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^^Because In Quadrophernia each side of Jimmy(he had four sides) represented a band member. Each band member had a song representing this. Pete's was Love Reign O'er Me, Keith's was Bell Boy, Roger's was Helpless Dancer and John's was Is It Me?
    numbernineon June 27, 2005   Link

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