"5:15" as written by and Peter Townshend....
Why should I care, why should I care?

Girls of fifteen
Sexually knowing
The ushers are sniffing
Eau-de-coloning
The seats are seductive
Celibate sitting
Pretty girls digging
Prettier women.

Magically bored
On a quiet street corner
Free frustration
In our minds and our toes
Quiet storm water
M-m-my generation

Uppers and downers
Either way blood flows.

Inside outside, leave me alone.
Inside outside, nowhere is home.
Inside outside, where have I been?
Out of my brain on the five fifteen.

On a raft in the quarry
Slowly sinking.
On the back of a lorry
Holy hitching.
Dreadfully sorry
Apple scrumping.
Born in the war
Birthday punching.

He man drag
In the glittering ballroom
Gravely outrageous
In my high heel shoes.
Tightly undone
They know what they're showing
Sadly ecstatic
That their heroes are news.

Why should I care?


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"5:15" as written by Peter Townshend

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    General CommentFirst poster is stupid, The Who's TOMMY was the very first real rock opera, which was made into a move the same year QUADROPHENIA the album was released ('75) , the QUAD movie wasnt released till '79

    The movie, while very good, did not fully depict Townshend's idea of this amazing story of Jimmy the Mod, I believe it can only be properly depicted through the music.

    ANYWAYS....about the song....I'm pretty sure its simply Jimmy on hallucinogens riding the train to somewhere, he eventually ends up at a boatyard, I can't assume that the train take him directly there, very possible though.

    But yeah, its about what Jimmy sees while hes on the train.
    wildmonkeys77on December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA pretty good representation of the meaning behind what this song CAN mean is in the Who's first movie,... Sting's in it too.
    chringramon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti haven't seen the movie, explain it please.
    dukefaceon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell........the movie is 'Quadrophenia'. It's about a group of rival....well....lifestyles in a way. There are Mods (smart-dressing, pill-popping, scooter riders) and there's the Rockers (scruffy, beer swigging motorcycle riders) The story follows a young mod called Jimmy. The general story is about the realisation of that what he believed in most (everything mod) was a lie. His hero (AceFace, the lead Mod, played by Sting) was a mere Bell Boy (hence the song Bell Boy) and Jimmy realises that he is just the same as everyone else. This along with the girl that he liked - Steph - being all nasty to him makes him go off the whole mod thing. WATCH THE FILM, it's STUNNING.
    GemraIOMon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think basically this song is about how things have gone wrong. In the beginning, the lyrics talk about how girls dig prettier women. This shows how people are never satisfied with themselves.
    reelion April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty good description of the movie, wasn't Jimmys cousin a rocker tho? That was a major influence also. It's been 20 years since I last saw it. And I think Tommy was The Who's first movie, Quadrophenia didn't come out for a few years after.....
    crazyblazeron April 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentQuadrophenia is a good movie, but the Album is Fantastic! i recommend listening to the album first
    there are some slightly boring parts, but the album should be required listening as a primer before watching the film.
    regbon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about Jimmy's ride on the train, and how he's totally leaping through the whole journey. I haven't seen the movie Quadrophenia yet, but I really want to! I own Tommy-The Movie, The Kids Are Alright, and The Who Live At The Isle Of Wight, which are all great! Quadrophenia is my favorite Who album!
    whofreak777on November 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhats up with apple scrumping anyway?
    who_rockon January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentapple scrumping= nicking apples from an orchard
    oldhand66on February 06, 2005   Link

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