"Eminence Front" as written by and Pete Townshend....
The sun shines
And people forget
The spray flies as the speedboat glides
And people forget
Forget they're hiding
The girls smile
And people forget
The snow packs as the skier tracks
People forget
Forget they're hiding

Behind an eminence front
Eminence front, it's a put on
It's an eminence front
It's an eminence front, it's a put on
An eminence front
Eminence front, it's a put on
Eminence front
It's an eminence front
It's an eminence front, it's a put on
It's a put on, it's a put on, it's a put on

Come and join the party
Dress to kill
Won't you come and join the party
Dress to kill, dress to kill

Drinks flow
People forget
That big wheel spins, the hair thins
People forget
Forget they're hiding
The news slows
People forget
Their shares crash, hopes are dashed
People forget
Forget they're hiding

Behind an eminence front
An eminence front, it's a put on
It's just an eminence front
An eminence front, it's a put on
An eminence front
An eminence front, it's a put on
Eminence front
It's an eminence front, it's a put on
It's a put on, it's a put on, it's a put on

Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to
Come on join the party
Dress to kill
Dress yourself, dressed to kill


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"Eminence Front" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

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  • +7
    General Commentsome people become so preoccupied with building up their image that they lose sight of the fact that they are just a fake bitch. some people try way too hard to impress others. its a put on.

    one of the greatest rock n roll songs ever created.
    BigMac7on February 24, 2006   Link
  • +7
    General CommentIt's about how people can put on airs as if their material wealth and ciruumstances have truly solved all their problems and answered all their fears.

    As if they're really above everyone and everything ("Eminence"), but it's really just a Front. And thus a put-on. Because they really just want to "Forget they're hiding" - from fears, insecurities, weaknesses, and maybe even their mortality.

    And the way that they maintain this front, is to treat their lives like it's a care-free party, and abuse any who are not part of their lifestyle OR who threaten to reveal the shallowness and emptiness of their party ("Come and join the party - Dress to kill").

    But everyone eventually grows older, and/or hit a rough patch in life. "The big wheel spins" (luck changes), the hair thins (people become older and no longer so able to coast on their youth), fame dwindles ("news slows") and with it money ("shares crash, hopes are dashed") - but even then the desperate attempt to put on an Eminence Front continues, and they'll still aggressively go after anyone who brings them to reality so they can maintain their own, desperately needed front of superiority and splendidness.
    ideamonkeyon February 07, 2013   Link
  • +5
    Song Meaning"Eminence" is one of the proper ways to address the King of England. "Front" is an outward, often feigned, appearance or manner.
    Ever wonder why The Beatles were knighted? Why Mick Jagger (with a drug bust and to quote the newspapers at the time, "no known record of charitable work or public services." was knighted? And The Who weren't?-----Eminence Front "It's a put on."---------- I always admired Pete for this one.
    workingclasshon December 06, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentPete had much opportunity to observe the wealthy and powerful up close, and clearly could see that although on the outside these people seem superior and more blessed than the rest of us, underneath it is often the opposite case. Often their success has been achieved in an effort to get away from low self-esteem, self-hatred, loneliness, etc., and underneath the veneer of superiority lives a scared little child.
    mwahahaaon July 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is about rich snobs that think they are better than everyone else and hiding behind their wealth.
    Finnbarron February 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionActing like your a big deal. To me its not only thinking you are, but the image around you. This song is a party song. It's kind of like it's a good time but there isn't anyone to keep you moving. People hide despite sharing the same genuine feeling... it's a put on... some people will assume because your quiet that you aren't observant and it's a mistake... so many will assume there your unaware of what's going on. People are stupid and they assume just the same of others. It's also important to note that if you don't know someone and assume they're silence is oblivious.... dangerous move for people who are actually weak and hide behind their insecurities in the light of other people who are not like them. Good song. One of my favorite who songs.
    Ahourstoryon April 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about people escaping their problems by perpetually partying. Dress up pretty on the outside to hide the beast on the inside.
    OpinionHeadon October 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about Cocaine abuse. I heard Pete say it at a concert
    paddydthatswhaton December 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a great song, I generally agree with everyone here - it's about pretentiousness and the fakery people (especially cocaine users, who become irritatingly even more self-obsessed) surround themselves with when they forget they're just a human like everyone else.

    It works well as my soundtrack as I pilot the Hydra jumpjet around San Andreas destroying gridlock freeway traffic with a pair of twin-linked missile launchers.
    raven1268on January 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentITS ABOUT COCAINE , THATS ALL....FOR ALL THOSE WHO.......
    MARDIUNOon August 12, 2012   Link

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