"Pure And Easy" as written by and Peter Townshend....
There once was a note, pure and easy,
Playing so free, like a breath rippling by
The note is eternal, I hear it, it sees me,
Forever we blend it, forever we die

I listened and I heard music in a word,
And words when you played your guitar,
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering,
And a child flew past me riding in a star

As people assemble,
Civilization is trying to find a new way to die,
But killing is really merely scene changer,
All men are bored with other men's lies

I listened and I heard music in a word,
And words when you played your guitar,
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering,
And a child flew past me riding in a star

Gas on the hillside, oil in the teacup,
Watch all the chords of life lose their joy,
Distortion becomes somehow pure in it's wildness,
The note that began all can also destroy

We all know success when we all find our own dreams,
And our love is enough to knock down any walls,
And the future's been seen as men try to realize,
The simple secret of the note in us all, in us all

I listened and I heard music in a word,
And words when you played your guitar,
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering,
And a child flew past me riding in a star

There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen


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"Pure and Easy" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

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    General Commentpete's pivitol point to the "lifehouse" project, of which he said was so simple and people still don't get and he never can seem to adequately explain.....anyway, this should have been on who's next but was dropped so entweistle could get in on the songwriting money. In any case, this has always been a favorite and was recorded in many different versions by townshend and the who, begining with "who came first" and "odds and sods" albums. I haven't the foggiest what he's talking about, it seems very abstract, but it did inspire me to write a theme about the note of the big bang (begining of the universe)...it was D, by the way...what can I say other than I'm from seattle originally
    rodneyjon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about how pure things could really be. Aspects of life can become tainted if not put into the proper prospective.
    reelion April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentone of the whos best in my opinion
    rockerdude614on May 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe climax of lifehouse, the legend of the "note" being passed down through generations I think. The verses seem to relate to how the music liberated the population.

    If I ever feel miserable, it only takes one spin of "There once was a note, listen!" to bring me back up!
    fourgangeron November 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's basically about music, the note that created and can also destroy everything. Hard to explain, simply because Pete never fully clarified any of the Lifehouse stuff.
    whofreak777on November 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlike a breath rippling by: this line expresses why i love this song, so beautiful.

    meaning: things pass, civilization changes, music remains.
    findsomepeaceon September 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentRight on song. That "There once was a note, listen." part always got me. It's like your note paying attention to the song, and ...LISTEN!! It's like, "Oh ok! Sorry man." Or maybe, I sort of thought of it as Pete showing some of the band members his new song, and their not paying any attention so he's sing that part, "There once was a note (looks up) LISTEN!!!" Ha, that's totally wrong but you relate?
    heyjude55on June 05, 2006   Link
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    General Comment...*not* paying any attention
    heyjude55on June 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe's trying to relate god as music and that each of us is a note in the song of humankind...how once it was innocent and pure and over time it's become corrupted and distorted
    erock1234on December 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti didn't really care for the studio recording of this song, then i heard it on the reissue of who's next (with the bonus tracks), which i think was recorded live. anyways, for some reason, i really like the song when they play it at a faster tempo.
    acevanson December 20, 2007   Link

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