"The Kids Are Alright" as written by and Pete Townshend....
I don't mind other guys dancing with my girl
That's fine, I know them all pretty well
But I know sometimes I must get out in the light
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright

Sometimes, I feel I gotta get away
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away
And I know if I don't, I'll go out of my mind
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright

I know if I go, things would be a lot better for her
I had things planned, but her folks wouldn't let her

I don't mind other guys dancing with my girl
That's fine, I know them all pretty well
But I know sometimes I must get out in the light
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright

Sometimes, I feel I gotta get away
Bells chime, I know I gotta get away
And I know if I don't, I'll go out of my mind
Better leave her behind with the kids, they're alright
The kids are alright, the kids are alright, the kids are alright


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"The Kids Are Alright" as written by Pete Townshend

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  • +2
    General CommentI wouldn't jump to the grand statement that the Who' basic lyric story is about struggling through childhood and teenhood, and ultimately being forced to come to some kind of terms with an adulthood that for so long you regarded with hatred and contempt.

    But if I were to make such a claim, then this song is about as perfect a summation of that struggle as you can cram into 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

    Don't wanna go, but I've really got to go, I hate to leave her behind, but hey, I can trust my friends, and I really gotta go now. And despite anything I've said, or any jokes Pete and Roger may make, this song comes across completely for real. This is real. This is life.

    Thank god we have, or had, groups who put real stuff like this into their songs.


    dcbaon December 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a guy who doesn't want to stay home with his wife and kids. He realizes that when he's gone, his wife sees other guys. But he doesn't care because at least his kids are getting looked after. Dude just wants to party, his wife is sitting on another guys lap but hey its all cool, the kids are alright.
    fugitiveinkbloton November 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbasically something you never want to hear your husband saying
    pianton September 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song. Increidible. Great song. this should be your introduction to the who.
    RitesofSpring909on June 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is an awesome song.
    ledzeppelin 00on September 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard it was talking about growing up and moving away from the whole "Mod" culture for the sake of growing up and being with a girl. The lyrics "bells chime" and "I had things planned" kind of imply that he might want to get married but it didn't work out and now he thinks its best if he just left her with them, which I don't get why he would do that.
    BabyBritianon July 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it sounds like getting married and having kids, and the feeling of being tied down by it. the queers cover of this is good too.
    bassnsxon September 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about a person who wants to leave their present life and pursue their dreams.

    The person in this song can no longer do what he wants because he is now married ("Bells chime") and has children.
    So now he's hoping to realize his dreams by leaving his wife.
    mainxzibit6789on April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey once introduced this song at a concert like this:

    Roger: "This song is about a girl I APPARENTLY promised to marry when I was six"
    Pete: "What do you mean 'apparently'?"

    Since it was written by Townshend, I think it was probably a joke that Roger would have to sing about an event he would rather forget.
    Regos the Saneon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always believed that this song critized parents that choose their own lives instead of their childrens. A father that leave his kids behind. That the phrase "the kids are alright" is sarcastic. I guess I was wrong ;(
    FullDevilSocceron March 30, 2008   Link

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