"The Relay" as written by and Pete Townshend....
You can hear it in the street,
See it in the dragging feet,
The word is getting out about control,
Spies they're come and gone,
The story travels on,
The only quiet place is inside your soul.

From tree to tree,
From you to me,
Traveling twice as fast as on any freeway.
Ev'ry single dream
Is wrapped up in the scheme,
They all get carried on the relay.

"Pass it on."

Someone disapproves
Of what you say or do,
I was asked to see what I could learn you;
Don't believe your eyes,
They're seeing only lies,
What is done in the first place don't concern you.

From tree to tree,
From you to me,
Traveling twice as fast as on any freeway.
Ev'ry single dream
Is wrapped up in the scheme,
They all get carried on the relay.

Relay, things are brewing,
Relay, something's doin'
Relay, it's a revolution,
Relay, relay,
Hand me down a solution!

"Pass it on."


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"The Relay" as written by Pete Townshend

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    General CommentNobody comments on this? You people don't know what you're missing. This song has an incredable rythm as most Who songs do and it's very innovative. Don't know the meaning but i'd love it if somebody told me.
    Nolesy101on April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song was originally part of the Lifehouse project...it was going to have a double album (Like Tommy) along with what could best be described as a "multi-media" presentation...anyway, the Lifehouse was about a future where everyone wears "experience suits" and lives life in Virtual reality, at some point someone wakes up and realizes that music can set people free to live in reality again...through the "Grid" that everyone is plugged into, a secret rock concert is performed, with the population of the world participating. at the height of this concert, a universal single note is played, unifying everyone and waking them into reality.
    Relay may have been a song that signified word getting out around the Grid about the coming Concert.
    regbon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know why the put it on the who's greatest hits, i've only seen it on that album and nowhere else. The should have out in Odds & Sods or even better, Who's Next
    the walrus67on October 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Every single dream / Wrapped up in the scheme" I love that line. It kinda gives reasurance, you know? That no matter how alone anyone feels, that there will always be the unifying bond of music, where all dreams and ideas come together. definitely an amazing song!
    westbound_thinkeron January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentat Glastonbury '07 Pete Townsend said he wrote it about the internet back in 1971. pretty much supporting and simplifying what regb has already said
    selfishisgorgeouson June 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song has to do with the metaphysical connections we all have with each other. Sending and receiving shared psychic energies/knowledge/love and thoughts that resonate between us and with others around us.
    kourakison September 28, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song opened my inner eye. Once "it" happens to a person, the purpose of life becomes clear to you. Things in life happen for reasons. Search the internet for "inner eye" and read about it. There are more songs than you can imagine that discuss this most wonderful of gifts from God. The reason many people don't understand the words, is because you have not been able to open your inner eye as of yet. The analogy is; that it is like listening to somebody speak a forien language. You can't understand the language until you learn it. Once it happens, EVERYTHING becomes crystal clear. Honest.
    InnerEyeon May 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first song probably ever where I figured out the entire meaning myself, and where everything made sense.

    After listening to it a few times, I instanly thought, "hey, this is the Internet!"
    Truck101on May 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlso, one thing.

    The internet didn't exist in '71, so Pete was talking out of his ass...

    But yeah, this song really does sound like the net!
    Truck101on October 22, 2009   Link

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