"We're Not Gonna Take it" as written by and Peter Townshend....
Welcome to the Camp
I guess you all know why we're here
My name is Tommy
And I became aware this year

If you want to follow me
You've got to play pinball
And put in your earplugs
Put on your eye shades
You know where to put the cork

Hey you getting drunk, so sorry!
I've got you sussed
Hey you smoking Mother Nature!
This is a bust!
Hey hung up old Mr. Normal
Don't try to gain my trust!
'Cause you ain't gonna follow me any of those ways
Although you think you must

We're not gonna take it
We're not gonna take it
We're not gonna take it
We're not gonna take it

We're not gonna take it
Never did and never will
We're not gonna take it
Gonna break it, gonna shake it
Let's forget it better still

Now you can't hear me
Your ears are truly sealed
You can't speak either
Your mouth is filled
You can't see nothing
And pinball completes the scene
Here comes Uncle Ernie to guide you to
Your very own machine

We're not gonna take it
We're not gonna take it
We're not gonna take it
We're not gonna take it

We're not gonna take it
Never did and never will
Don't want no religion
And as far as we can tell
We ain't gonna take you
Never did and never will
We're not gonna take you
We forsake you
Gonna rape you
Let's forget you better still

We forsake you
Gonna rape you
Let's forget you better still

See me
Feel me
Touch me
Heal me

See me
Feel me
Touch me
Heal me

See me
Feel me
Touch me
Heal me

See me
Feel me
Touch me
Heal me

Listening to you
I get the music
Gazing at you
I get the heat
Following you
I climb the mountains
I get excitement at your feet

Right behind you
I see the millions
On you
I see the glory
From you
I get opinions
From you
I get the story

Listening to you
I get the music
Gazing at you
I get the heat
Following you
I climb the mountains
I get excitement at your feet

Right behind you
I see the millions
On you
I see the glory
From you
I get opinions
From you
I get the story

Listening to you
I get the music
Gazing at you
I get the heat
Following you
I climb the mountains
I get excitement at your feet

Right behind you
I see the millions
On you
I see the glory


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"We're Not Gonna Take It" as written by Peter Townshend

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    My InterpretationTownsend claims this is an anti-authoritarian song but I thing he did not have the courage at the time to admit that it is a Christian song. When I hear this song, I hear the teachings of Christ, the trial, the crucifixion and the resurrection and gospels. The teachings are Tommy's lessons to his followers of how to walk with him, the trial is the Pharisees rejecting him "we're not going to take it", the crucifixion is "see me hear me" or "why have you forsaken me" and the resurrection and gospels is the finale of "listening to you, I hear the music, gazing at you, I get the heat, following you, I climb the mountain, I get excitement at your feet. Right behind you, I see the millions, on you, I see the glory, from you, I get opinions, from you, I get the story."
    TroyGuyon June 24, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan someone tell me what happens here? i dont understand why they revolted and what does the last verses mean..
    Staticburn89on February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about organized religion in general. tommy's loyal followers revolt when they realize that tommy wants to regulate them by not letting them smoke or drink, and control them by inhibiting their sight, speech, and hearing. i think it's safe to say the message of this song is anti-religious.
    misirlouon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSee Me Feel Me is a beautiful song. I think its a shame that it is attached to We're not gonna take it.
    I don't know how it was intended, as I'm not fan of the entire ablum. But if taken alone, it makes a great love song. "listening to you i get the music"
    orangetomorrowon July 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the album....but the end is kinda odd......but anyone who has listened to the album as a whole might think that when the verses of see me feel me comes on it symbolises his inability to see, hear or speak......so perhaps the emotional shock of his disciples revolt sends him into his state of disability once again......
    Rock Zealoton September 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love the album....but the end is kinda odd......but anyone who has listened to the album as a whole might think that when the verses of see me feel me comes on it symbolises his inability to see, hear or speak......so perhaps the emotional shock of his disciples revolt sends him into his state of disability once again......
    Rock Zealoton September 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe album is about finding out who you are and wanting to revult about it. This song sums up the aftermath.
    kfe2on February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs the finale of the story it seems that from Sensation to I'm Free the honest revelation of Tommy is pure I find the line in I'm Free "no one had the guts to leave the temple" that people are not living the intended mission. Like many religious that go to a house of worship then treat people like sh*t -- missing the revealation of their messiah.
    The next few song demonstrate the loss of the mission "Come to my house -- seems that getting the numbers of worshipers to "be one of us" build a bigger and bigger house of worship kinda like the Megachurches that are popular these days. The holiday camp is further commercialization and perversion (Uncle Ernie) of Tommys message. Finally the people realize that they have been duped!
    MikeyTon February 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is another one of my favorite songs from it.

    watching the movie helsp a lot. tommy pretty much turns into a dictator, controlling all the followers "put on your eyeshades, put in your eyeplugs, you know where to put the cork" to become like him, and the they revolt.

    still not sure abvout the see me feel me/listening to you part but it sure is the perfect end to the alubm.

    amazing.
    cosmicjiveon March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSee Me Feel Me has to do with what happens after the revolt.
    Once Tommy's followers revolt, Tommy returns to his deaf, dumb and blind state. It's quite a tragic end in my opinion. This boy witnessed a murder and his parents put him into this condition, he's finally cured, and then relapses back into his old state.

    But the Woodstock performance of See Me Feel Me is one of the greatest moments in rock.
    mainxzibit6789on March 11, 2006   Link

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