"Helpless Dancer" as written by and Pete Townshend....
When a man is running from his boss
Who holds a gun that fires cost
And people die from being old
Or left alone because they're cold
And bombs are dropped on fighting cats
And children's dreams are run with rats
If you complain you disappear
Just like the lesbians and queers

No one can love without the grace
Of some unseen and distant face
And you get beaten up by blacks
Who though they worked still got the sack
And when your soul tells you to hide
Your very right to die's denied
And in the battle on the streets
You fight computers and receipts
And when a man is trying to change
It only causes further pain
You realize that all along
Something in us going wrong

You stop dancing
Is it me, for a moment (for a moment, for a moment, for a moment)


Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough, edited by FayeKane

"Helpless Dancer" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

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  • +3
    General Comment4 songs on Quadrophenia were supposed to represent the different members of The Who, and thusly the different sides of Jimmy's personality. This was supposed to represent Roger Daltrey. The description of this side of Jimmy's personality in the linear notes is "A tough guy, a helpless dancer."
    87thon February 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentgreat song
    i love little snippet of "kids are alright" at the end
    cosmicjiveon March 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was playing this song in my dorm room one time, and some girl that heard said in a scornful manner that I should turn such hateful music off. I wanted to slap her.
    IhavegoodTasteon June 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe minor chords on this are so awesome, and they go with the song perfectly. The whole album really just makes you take a step back at the end and say "Wow". It's wonderful.
    westbound_thinkeron January 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is really the best song ever
    givinwhatforon June 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is 'tough guy Jimmy' of the 4 personalities.
    limoon October 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrect lyrics:

    When a man is running from his boss
    Who holds a gun that fires "cost"
    And people die from being old
    Or left alone because they're cold
    And bombs are dropped on fighting cats
    And children's dreams are run with rats
    If you complain you disappear
    Just like the lesbians and queers
    No one can love without the grace
    Of some unseen and distant face
    And you get beaten up by blacks
    Who though they worked still got the sack
    And when your soul tells you to hide
    Your very right to die's denied
    And in the battle on the streets
    You fight computers and receipts
    And when a man is trying to change
    It only causes further pain
    You realize that all along
    Something in us's going wrong...

    You stop dancing.
    antiaverageon January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea, listining to it for first time and can clearly see there are mistakes
    ICantLeaveU2Behindon May 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRidiculously awesome song. Ridiculously awesome album.
    IhavegoodTasteon February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song gives me chills.
    guitaresson March 17, 2006   Link

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