I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

If you think that I don't know about the little tricks you've played
And never see you when deliberately you put things in my way

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away
I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say

That you still want me
Well, that's as may be
But you gotta stand trial
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
And miles and miles and miles and miles

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles


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I Can See for Miles Lyrics as written by Peter Townshend

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  • +4
    General CommentNo, I don't think that's right. In the song he's accusing his girlfriend of being decietful/cheating...that doesn't seem right that Pete would do that as a "warning" or whatever. I think it's just about a guy knowing that his significant other is cheating on him. Nothing extraordinary.
    llowellon June 29, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt seems as if the woman cheated on him and resents it. but perhaps now hes giving her another chance and just watching her very closly or maybe its like OpinionHead said where its a promise that to his next lover he will be watch over her a lot because hes been cheated on before. I don't know that just what I get out of it...
    House-of-Secretson June 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI never understood why Pete loved this song so much until I realised it applied to someone I know. Once you start feeling that way about someone else, the song suddenly has so much more power.

    The failure of the song to sell actually prompted Townshend to focus more on albums than singles, resulting in the masterpieces Tommy, Quadrophenia and (from Lifehouse) Who's Next.
    Regos the Saneon June 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnother who song that seems to describe Townshend's failed issues with women. Had a relationship with a cheater, sounds like.

    The drum work is easily top 10 all time for a single. It underachieved as a single, which is too bad. The US wasn't ready for a song like this, I guess. It is timeless, sounds good decades later.
    Slash01on April 01, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat if they had used the Metric system? Thank God they hadn't! This song proves imperial system all the way!
    Coolinbnyon April 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe it's ironic and is about jealousy. He has these images of what his partner might do when he's away or not looking but he also knows it's probably his own jealous mind playing tricks on him. Ironic in the way that he can't see for miles...
    BoyNamedSue74on May 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdon't be like I was folks ... for 40 years I just laughed without a second thought. Just give it 2 hours research ....

    "I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
    I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes
    I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles ...
    The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
    You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze "

    Ignore the girlfriend / other guys - that's misdirection for the masses - no this song is quiet literal and it's a message to "them" that Pete has it worked out -- the earth id flat folks - yep laugh if you want to but not before doing the two hours research -- it will blow your mind
    neilxon August 09, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song is about the Earth being flat and the esoteric circle hiding the truth.

    "I know you deceived me, now here's a surprise
    I know that you have cause, there's magic in my eyes
    I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles"

    Pointing out he knows they are lying and he can see there is no curvature of the earth so he is able to see for miles on a the flat plane we live on.

    "If you think that I don't know about the little tricks you've played
    And never see you when deliberately you put things in my way"

    The strong arm of this secretive group is constantly sabotaging growing movements and playing tricks on the public. You can even reference this to the current growing Flat Earth movement with quite substantial evidence to point to deliberate infiltration in the movement as damage control.


    "Well, here's a poke at you
    You're going to choke on it too
    You're going to lose that smile
    Because all the while
    I can see for miles and miles" etc.

    The 'choke' meaning the truth they slipped into the esoteric agenda with this very song. Slowly creeping to the surface and suffocating their deception.

    "You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away
    I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say
    That you still want me
    Well, that's as may be
    But you've got to stand trial
    Because all the while
    I can see for miles"

    They took advantage of everybody's trust when they faked space travel. This was in the late 60's around the space race era so anybody who didnt trust the government could see the disingenuine nature of what was to come with the faked moon landing. The Who could have had prior knowledge to this, being already used by these puppet masters who revealed a little too much. Holding other guys is depicting these people using other actors, stars, musicians, and government officials to push their agenda. He goes on to state that they still want to use him but he wants no part anymore and these deceivers must stand trial for the crimes against humanity. He goes on to again repeat because he can see for miles over the flat plane when he shouldnt be able to and they have lied to humanity.

    "The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
    You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze"

    Again, reiterating he can see these tall structures from miles and miles away since there is no curvature. The crystal ball could be a reference to the pseudoscience coming from mainstream scientists today. The haze could be referencing the hold this esoteric group has over them or it could be generalizing the deception altogether.

    Sound like absolute ramblings of a madman? Research Flat Earth. Humor yourself.
    MilesAndMilesAndMileson December 07, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was written by Pete Towshend for his future wife Karen. It was saying that even though he was away for long periods, he would always keep a watchful eye on her.
    topace129on April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBoth of your opinions make sense. Maybe it was about a woman other than Karen who cheated on Pete?
    Flinchy17on October 29, 2004   Link

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