"Long Live Rock" as written by and P. Townsend....
Down at the Astoria the scene was changing
Bingo and rock were pushing out x-rating
We were the first band to vomit at the bar
And find the distance to the stage too far
Meanwhile it's getting late at ten o'clock
Rock is dead they say
Long live rock

Long live rock! I need it every night
Long live rock! Come on and join the line
Long live rock! Be it dead or alive

People walk in sideways pretending that they're leaving
We put on our makeup and work out all the lead-ins
Jack is in the alley selling tickets made in Hong Kong
Promoter's in the pay box wondering where the band's gone
Back in the pub the governor stops the clock
Rock is dead they say
Long live rock

Long live rock! I need it every night
Long live rock! Come on and join the line
Long live rock! Be it dead or alive

Landslide, rocks are falling, falling down upon our very heads
We tried but you were yawning, look again
Rock is dead
Rock is dead
Rock is dead

The place is really jumping to the high watt amps
'Til a twenty inch cymbal fell and cut the lamps
In the blackout they danced right into the aisle
And as the doors fly open even the promoter smiles
Someone takes his pants off and the rafters knock
Rock is dead they say
Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock, long live rock

Long live rock
Long live rock
Long live rock
Long live rock
Long live rock

Long live rock! I need it every night
Long live rock! Come on and join the line
Long live rock! Be it dead or alive


Lyrics submitted by eleven-seventy1170

"Long Live Rock" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group

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    General CommentThis song says how most people thought that rock was on a downfall but The Who said no rock can never die.
    kfe2on February 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this is from lifehouse.
    switch755on June 29, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretationi always thought this song was about "the day the music died"(the day Buddy Holly died). before he died, him and Elvis were the only people on American radio. when he died, they replaced him with a bunch of sugar-coated corprate pop. the Who came along afterward and reassured us rock-and-roll has reached a stable condition. then the 90's rolled around and crapped on all that.
    projectZon March 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpalys at the end of the film "The Kids Are Alright"
    eleven-seventy1170on January 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHOW COME THERE AREN'T MORE COMMENTS ON THIS SONG?! This song rocks! And rock, of course, will NEVER die!
    jssw030289on February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Bingo and rock were pushing out X rating part is supposed to simplify how over the borderline popular music was getting at the time.
    Nolesy101on April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe key line is:
    "Long live rock, be it dead or alive."
    lmaster65on November 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand that line, to me, is a statement to all the music critics and people who flatly state "rock is dead" while bands like the Who keep on going right in their faces
    erock1234on December 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentan anthem for The Who if there ever was one
    TheFranzFerdinandon February 15, 2008   Link

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