"Heaven And Hell" as written by and John Entwistle....
On top of the sky is a place where you go if you've done nothing wrong
If you've done nothing wrong
And down in the ground is a place where you go if you've been a bad boy
If you've been a bad boy

Why can't we have eternal life
And never die
Never die?
In the place up above you grow feather wings and you fly round and round
With a harp singing hymns

And down in the ground you grow horns and a tail and you carry a fork
And burn away

Why can't we have eternal life, and never die
Never die?


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"Heaven and Hell" as written by John Entwistle

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    General CommentIts actually "Mold away" not "Burn Away"
    OpiumForThePeopleon December 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell despite the who not really likin this song i think that it's a damn fine song. won't bother sayin what tis about thats obvious
    squidedon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell despite the who not really likin this song i think that it's a damn fine song. won't bother sayin what tis about thats obvious
    squidedon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's odd that the band didn't like this song, because they used it frequently to open their concerts and decided to make a studio version of it which by the way kicks major ass. The meanings very obvious but call me crazy, this has got to be if not my favourite who song.
    heyjude55on May 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthey which album is it on anyways? I think its on some weird comp cd (not odds and sods because I have that). Let me know. I LOVE this song but I've only heard it live (which is AMAZING!)
    the orrible ooon August 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's the first song at "Live at Leeds".

    I love this song a lot too. I'm not sure what album the studio version is on, and I don't know if I've ever even heard a studio version.
    Drdestructoon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe best song that John Entwistle has contributed to the band's catalogue (along with Boris the spider).
    Great tune.
    the walrus67on October 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere's two live versions available, Leeds and the IoW Festival, and a shorter studio version recording a year or two later that is as of current only available on the $80 Maximum R&B box set.

    Great tune.
    EveryMnon April 07, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationIt seems to come from an idea or challenge of how does one explain the nature of Heaven and Hell to a small child (or someone of likeminded intelligence). Heaven is simply that "place where you go if you've done nothing wrong" and hell is that place "where you go if you've been a bad boy." What's the nature of these places? Well in Heaven "you grow feathered wings" and there's "harps singing hymns (presumably religious)" whereas in hell there's fire so you'll "burn away."

    The chorus seems to have roots in the occult, mythology and in religion as all of these subjects seem to have as a central motif eternal life.
    sexdrugsrocknrollon October 10, 2009   Link

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