If your child ain't all he should be now
This girl could put him right
I'll show him what he could be now
Just give me one night

I'm the Gypsy
The acid Queen
Pay before we start
The Gypsy
I'm guaranteed
To tear your soul apart

Give us a room and close the door
Leave us for a while
Your boy won't be a boy no more
Young, but not a child

I'm the Gypsy
The acid Queen
Pay before we start
The Gypsy
I'm guaranteed
To tear your soul apart

Gather your wits and hold on fast
Your mind must learn to roam
Just as the Gypsy Queen must do
You're gonna hit the road

My work is done now look at him
He's never been more alive
His head it shakes his fingers clutch
Watch his body writhe

I'm the Gypsy
The acid Queen
Pay before we start
The Gypsy
I'm guaranteed
To break your little heart

If your child ain't all he should be now
This girl will put him right
I'll show him what he could be now
Just give me one night

I'm the Gypsy
The acid Queen
Pay before we start
The Gypsy
I'm guaranteed
To tear your soul apart


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The Acid Queen Lyrics as written by Peter Townshend

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    "It was the first slightly 'anti-drug' song I had written. It portrayed the pusher as a prostitute, but selling souls rather than bodies. When the then Vice President of the U.S.A., Spiro Agnew, wanted a song to use as an example of Rock's bad influence on the high drug use of young Americans, he mentioned this song. It really brought it home to me what uninformed, blinkered idiots many politicians are. Speech over."

                                               -Pete Townshend
    here_in_my_treeon December 14, 2004   Link
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    As explained by Townshend on the live DVD commentary, the Acid Queen is the woman referred to by the Hawker in Eyesight to the Blind. She is a prostitute, but unknown to the hawker, she also uses drugs and the suggestion is that she uses them on Tommy.

    Regos the Saneon June 14, 2006   Link
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    a lot

    ayeoneon May 29, 2002   Link
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    it paints a picture of someone ODing on acid...to me anyway

    cheerupemokdon July 22, 2002   Link
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    the acid queen is a charactor from the movie "tommy" she was the person who tries to help him cause he was deaf , dumb , and blind. they put him in a giant ball with needles pooking out the sides and they pumped acid into the ball and he starts goin nuts. really popular movie in its time. matt

    theklik999on September 06, 2002   Link
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    I used to listen to the tommy record with my parents when i was litte and sing along and i remember looking at the pictures in the insert and there is a crazy picture of the acid queen and now looking back on it i remember liking the insert bc of the cool colors and i really didnt understand what this song was about nor what acid was...crazy

    Curlequon July 07, 2003   Link
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    The Acid Queen is basically about using acid to trip out and try to cure Tommy. They made up all the needle machine stuff for the movie.

    whofreak777on November 21, 2004   Link
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    Yeah just to clarify, the record preceded the musical which preceded the movie.

    yamahasixstringon December 01, 2004   Link
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    ha ha ha! That's great. Kind of like when Reagan (among other presidential candidates) used "Born in the USA" by Springsteen as his campaign song, when really it was in actuality totally sarcastic and unpatriotic-as-it-gets.

    But that's off the topic. The Acid Queen has basically been explained. Tina Turner rocks out in the musical version, by the way...

    Buddha of Suburbiaon April 06, 2005   Link
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    i love this song. yeah, it's (obviously) 'bout an acid trip.

    mollypop214on July 28, 2005   Link

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