"Water" as written by and Pete Townshend....
The foreman over there hates the gang
The poor people on the porch get it so rough
The truck driver drives like a devil
The policemen - they're acting so tough
They need water
Good, good water
We need water
And I'm sure there ain't one of us here
Who'd say, "No," to somebody's daughter
(No... no.... no... no... no...)

Sampson seems sorta sweaty
They draftsmen - they smudged their work
The captain of a ship is swimming
Then just wore off a keen bank clerk

We need water
Good, good water
We need water
And maybe somebody's daughter

C'mon, gimme good water
C'mon, gimme good water
C'mon, gimme good water
Please don't refuse me, mister
I've seen your daughter at the oasis
And I'm beginning to blister

A Chevrolet just made steam
Your crop is laying foul
My grass skirt's lost its green
I'm alive, but I don't know how


Gimme good water

Indian Lake is burnin'
New York's skyline is hazy
The River Thames is turnin' dry
The whole world is a-blazin'


Ah, gimme what I need

Please, water, water, water, water, water, water

Gimme water
And I'm sure there ain't one of us here
Who'd say, "No," to somebody's daughter
(Oh, no)
No, no, no, no, no...
No, whoa

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"Water" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend


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    General CommentGreat song off the Isle of Man concert DVD. I like how they talk on stage in between songs. Keith Moon remains one of my favorite drummers just because he just lets loose.
    barharhar51on July 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh man, I love this song. Yeah, Keith Moon will be one of the greatest drummers in whole world. I love how he's crazy while playing. I like how Pete slapped Keith in the face before they played this.

    Pete explained what this song was about, Let me go check the dvd again
    shiroon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song.
    heyjude55on June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is on the expanded version of "Who's Next". But the live version is waaay better - as always with the Who.
    Pete said that here, 'water' means 'love'. But since Roger is the singer and has a bit of a macho complex, there's no way he would've sung "we need love", so Pete changed it to 'water' for him because its just as fluid and uncontrollable as love.
    the orrible ooon March 07, 2008   Link

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