"Success Story" as written by and John Entwistle....
Friday night, I'm on my way home
They oughta make work a crime
I'm home for the weekend
I'm gonna make the most of my time
There's a rock and roll singer on the television
Giving up his music, gonna take up religion
Deserted rock and roll
To try to save his soul

Saturday night, gotta gig with the band
Playing the electric guitar
Someday I'm gonna make it
Gonna be a super-duper-star
Get a flashy car
And a house for my Ma
The big break better happen soon
'Cause I'm pushing twenty-one

Just like Cinderella
When she couldn't go to the ball
A voice said, "I'm your fairy manager
You shall play the Carnegie Hall"
I gotta give up my day job
To become a heartthrob
I may go far if I smash my guitar

Away for the weekend
I've gotta play some one-night stands
Six for the tax man, and one for the band
Back in the studio to make our latest number one
Take two-hundred-and-seventy-six
You know, this used to be fun

Monday morning, I just got home
Six and the birds are singing
I need a drink and my clothes are wet
Ooh, and my ears are still ringing
There's a rock and roll singer boppin' on the TV
He used to be a preacher, but now he sings in a major key
Amended his decision to the new religion

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"Success Story" as written by John Entwistle

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    General CommentA good song...I like the touch of humor. It's pretty obvious what it's about...becoming a rock star.
    llowellon November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite track from The Who By Numbers, great song. I love all the song John wrote for the band!
    whofreak777on January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA bio-song, but written by John. he has a good jab at pete in there too.

    "There's a rock and roll singer on the television
    Giving up his music, gonna take up religion"


    "There's a rock and roll singer boppin' on the TV
    He used to be a preacher, but now he sings in a major key."

    Brilliant, and if you've seen the video, Notice John machine gunning the gold records...those were Roger Daltrey solo albums! haha!
    regbon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat song! Lyrics are pretty straight forward.

    'I may go far if I smash my guitar' another lyric you could associate with Pete :p
    .:Lemon:.on April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Fairy maanger" is a dig at The Who's homosexual manager, Kit Lambert. This Entwistle tune rocks harder than the others on The Who By Numbers but the sarcastic take on success fits in well with the other themes.
    airforbes1on April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought that line was "I'm your fairy manager, you shall play a comic role" - referring to Entwhistles comic songs.
    Mickyfinnon November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJohn wrote this one referring mostly to Pete in certain circumstances of the song: 'I may go far if I smash my guitar'

    But also for himself: "And a house for my Ma" (his Mother Queenie Maude raised him by herself and he was very devoted to her...)

    I usually listen to this every Friday when coming come from work...it helps me unwind...;)
    thewhoandzepp4evron July 02, 2008   Link

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