"Athena" as written by and Pete Townshend....
I had no idea how much I need her
In peaceful times I hold her close and I feed her
My heart starts palpitating
When I think my guess was wrong
But I think I'll get alone
She's just a girl
She's a bomb

Athena
All I ever want to do is please her
My life has been so settled
And she's the reason
Just one word from her
And my troubles are long gone
But I think I'll get along
She's just a girl
She's a bomb
She's a bomb
Just a girl, just a girl
Just a girl, just a girl
Just a girl, just a girl
She's just a girl

Athena
My heart felt like a shattered glass in an acid bath
I felt like one of those flattened ants
You find on a crazy path
I'd have stopped myself to give her time
She didn't need to ask
Was I a suicidal psychopath
She's just a girl
She's a bomb
She's just a girl
She's a bomb
Consumed
There was a beautiful white horse
I saw on a dream stage
He had a snake the size of a sewer pipe
Livin' in his rib cage

I felt like a pickled priest
Who was being flambed
You've got me requisitioned blondie
She's just a girl
She's a bomb
I'm happy
She's a bomb
I'm ecstatic
Just a girl, just a girl
Just a girl, just a girl
Just a girl, just a girl
Just a girl

Look into the face of a child
Measure how long you smiled
Before the mem'ry claimed
How long would children remain
How long could children remain

Athena
You picked me up by my lapels
And screamed "leave her"
I felt like waking up in heaven
On an empty meter
And now you're stuck
With a castrated leader
And I hate the creep
I didn't mean that
She's a bomb
I just said it
She's a bomb
Please She's a bomb

Athena
I had no idea how much I need her
My life has been so settled
And she's the reason
Just one word from her
And my troubles are long gone
Ooh but I get along
She's just a girl
She's a bomb
She's just a girl
She's a bomb


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"Athena" as written by Pete Townshend

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    General CommentI've always licked this song - it moves like a quick dream with a lot of symbolism -not sure what it means but feels like a good dream to me.
    razorsaabon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou've licked the song? how does it taste?

    I heard that Pete Townshend wrote this song about a woman names theresa, who was married to a friend of his at the time.
    He had done some nose candy and just flat out fell in love with her.

    He later changed the name to athena, and that's the song.
    regbon March 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI seriously thought the line "She's just a girl, she's a bomb" was "She's just a girl, she's a boy." lol this sure clears it up.
    Soldier_of_Funkon June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAHHHHHHHHHHgjflbdlkbnfdlkfnlksj YEAH YEAH YEAH
    iHatepoopingon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe that only 4 people commented on this song. I really want to know what it means, but I have no idea. It's a good song to turn up while you're drivin' down the highway.
    Play the Gameon February 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentApparently, this is about Pete Townshend falling in love with actress Theresa Russell at a party or something. The next day, when he told her about it, she rejected him. This song is about...precisely that!

    Anyway, this seems one of the more poppy songs by the Who - perhaps even bearing a passing resemblance to their older stuff, like "Legal Matter". Still, I played this to death 2 years ago, so I guess I'm more cynical about it now. I'd take it over Eminence Front in any case.

    Man. It's Hard really sucked.
    Arkyopterixon March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsoldier of funk, i thought the exact same thing! this is a good song. not that well known, but was a Top 30 hit back in 1982 for The Who.
    Richie45069on June 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's catchy. Of course, not their best work or anything, but I LOVE this song. And thankfully, it only has like, four or five guitar chords, which helps to make it halfway playable because I suck at guitar. I had no idea which album it was on until now.. I can't speak for the rest of the album, but I do like this song. Besides. I tend to like the taboo albums by groups anyway. xD
    BlueSilveron March 01, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI have loved this song since the 80's! I've rediscovered it since adding it to my iPod, but when I hear this song, to me it sounds like falling in love and all the insecurities, passion, frustration, and happiness that go along with it. It makes no sense, just like love, which will drive you crazy in good and bad ways. Athena goes from being a bomb, to just a girl, to a creep, all in the course of the song, and that is love! I never knew what the lyrics were in the 80's, not all of them anyway, but having read them online, and now the story behind it, I'm so glad it meant what I thought it did! It's the epitome of that crazy little thing called love!
    JoyceNGAon April 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentcan anybody enlighten me as to what "it felt like waking up in heaven on an empty meter" means??

    apparently its poetic.... so i want to be able to appreciate it! lol
    poeticradiographicsoundon April 12, 2009   Link

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