"And I Moved" as written by and Pete Townshend....
And I moved
As I saw him looking in through my window
His eyes were silent lies
And I moved
And I saw him standing in the doorway
His figure merely filled the space
And I moved
But I moved toward him

And I moved
And his hands felt like ice exciting
As he laid me back just like an empty dress
And I moved
But a minute after he was weeping
His tears his only truth.
And I moved
But I moved toward him


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"And I Moved" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

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    General CommentPete wrote this song for Bette Midler to sing... but her agent (or whoever it is that helps her decide which songs to sing) thought it was too smutty.
    Glowgirlon January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a lovely song and because of that, I ignored the lyrics for years. I originally believed this was written about a physical/romantic encounter, from a woman’s perspective. Like something you might read in a romance novel. However, after learning of Mr. Townshend’s inclinations to swing both ways (as it were), this song could also be written from a man’s perspective. In either case, it is a really fine tune.

    Why is it that there are so few comments regarding Pete’s songs here? The Who songs have plenty of people commenting. He is such a interesting songwriter; he deserves more discussion of his solo work
    grogleyon January 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know that Pete claims this song was for Bette Midler, but I hear a lot of references to his homosexuality throughout the whole "Empty Glass" album. I think this song is about an illicit homosexual affair ("His figure nearly the filled the space") after which the other man had horrible regrets ("But a minute later he was weeping").
    PencilNeckedGeekon March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree PNG. I was a naive 15 year old kid when "Empty Glass" came out, and I even caught all the homosexual references littered throughout the album. So it was no surprise when Pete 'came out'.

    Now I was always under the impression that this song was about a man taking advantage of a boy...but that the boy didn't mind. And ' As he laid me back just like an empty dress' is such a great lyric...vivid imagery.
    thegitsfanon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI haven't heard this song once since 1980 as a 13 year old who very much enjoyed the Empty Glass album. So here it is 2015 and out of nowhere the lyrics "ice exciting" kept playing in my mind. I knew it was Pete Townsend but had to google the lyrics. Now I totally remember this song. It must have made quite an impression on me to lay dormant in my subconscious for 35 years! Of course now I need to listen to it.
    StatisticsJasonon August 17, 2015   Link

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