"Naked Eye" as written by and P. Townshend....
Take a little dope
And walk out in the air
The stars are all connected
To the brain
Find me a woman and lay down on the ground
Her pleasure comes fallin' down like rain
Get myself a car
I feel power as I fly
Whoa, now I'm really in control

It all looks fine
To the naked eye!
But it don't really happen that way at all!
Don't happen that way at all!

You sign your own name
And I'll sign mine
They're both the same
We still get separate rooms
You can cover up your guts
But when you cover up your nuts
You're admittin' that there must be something wrong
Press any button
Milk and honey flow
The world begins behind your neighbor's wall

It all looks fine
To the naked eye!
But it don't really happen that way at all!
Don't happen that way at all!

You hold the gun
And I hold the wound
And we stand lookin' in each other's eyes

It all looks fine
To the naked eye!
But it don't really happen that way at all!
Don't happen that way at all!

Lyrics submitted by Flinchy17, edited by benlanz

"Naked Eye" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

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    General CommentWhat amazes me is how much is really said in so few lyrics -

    First stanza sums up youth and the power most youths feel as they taste their first freedoms (of sex, drugs, material possessions) and the taste of what youths believe is self control and power over their future destinations(we all know as you learn more about the world - it don't happen that way at all).

    Second stanza initially talks about relationships (can be metaphor or allegory for any relationship - couples, family, friends, enemies). "You have same names but still have separate rooms" - this can be interpreted as couples/friends are so similar yet far apart, or even the human race is so similar but we distance ourselves from each other. Covering up your guts is the eveyday facade people put on to cope with life, but when you cover up your nuts (most sensitive part) is when you will react (fight or flight).

    "Press any button, milk and honey flows" - tried and true statement, you may never really know what is behind how/why you may have access to any commodity, but you just care that they are there.

    The world begins behind your neighbor's wall - means you know all about what might be in your head but everyone else's mind is a whole other world.

    Last stanza - one person is the agressor and one is the victim - yet neither person might see it that way no matter how obvious it may appear - isn't this so much the crux of the world's problems...

    It all seems so to the Naked Eye - but it don't really happen that way at all.

    Can go on about what it means to me - but ultimately these simple lyrics can mean so many different things to everyone - ironicially, that is exactly what the song is about - it seems so to the naked eye, but unless you take the time to understand your fellow man/woman - it don't really happen that way at all.
    ChilliPalmeron January 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very underrated Who song.

    The message is quite simple though - being a rockstar looks pretty cool, the cars, the girls, but really no-one can see al the crap that's going on inside a guy's head while he's partying.
    pandatronicon April 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentright on man
    heyjude55on June 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is on my top five fav. from the Who, "pandatronic" knows exactly what he's talking about. The live version is way better than the studio.
    the walrus67on October 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always wondered about the line "There's only one who can really move us all". It sounds like he's talking about God. If so, it is one of the few times I can remember a Who song talking about God in a positive way. It is one of my favorite Who songs, I never hear it played anywhere.
    bhoover247on June 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentactually alot of who songs are religous. The whole album tommy was dedicated to meher baba a religeous figure in the 20th century and the song baba oreilly is named after him. the song faith in something bigger clearly depicts god. Pete became a deciple of meher baba in 68' at which period he stopped using drugs.
    switch755on June 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRead about the abandoned Who album entitled "Lifehouse" To me Naked Eye was evolved from jams during "My Generation" in 1969 to become it's own song by 1970. The lyrics describe certain aspects of the storyline for the concept album "Lifehouse" I think the lyrics are from both characters "Bobby" and "Jumbo" point of view.

    "Both think we know what's right, Both Know we know whats wrong" really sums it up. especially since "Behind Blue Eyes" is Jumbo's theme where he describes how hard it is to be trying to do what you believe is right, only to have it criticized by some who disagree.
    adam_777on December 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSeriously some sexy guitar goin on in this song
    moon333on December 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSo sad and beautiful at once. It reminds me of those moments of spiritual clarity when you seem to just have it all figured out; you have some greater understanding of life, beauty, everything,--with a great climax in the guitar-solo--, but then, before you know it, it's slips away again, and it never really happens that way at all.
    Fipon April 20, 2012   Link

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