"Dr. Jimmy" as written by and Pete Townshend....
Laugh and say I'm green
I've seen things you'll never see.
Talk behind my back
But I'm off the beaten track.
I'll take on anyone
Ain't scared of a bloody nose,
Drink till I drop down
With one eye on my clothes.

What is it? I'll take it.
Who is she? I'll rape it.
Got a bet there? I'll meet it.
Getting High? You can't beat it.

Doctor Jimmy and mister Jim
When I'm pilled you don't notice him,
He only comes out when I drink my gin.

You say she's a virgin.
I'm gonna be the first in.
Her fellah's gonna kill me?
Oh fucking will he.
I'm seeing double
But don't miss me if you can.
There's gonna be trouble
When she choses her man.

What is it? [etc.]

Doctor Jimmy and mister Jim etc.
Is it me? For a moment
The stars are falling.
The heat is rising
The past is calling.

I'm going back soon
Home to get the baboon.
Who cut up my eye,
Messed up my Levis.
I'm feeling restless
Bring another score around
Maybe something stronger
Could really hold me down.

Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough

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    General CommentThis is my favorite who song. 10000 times better than pinball wizard or baba o reilly
    -fool-on December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJimmy Cooper has lost everything he held dear in his life. The sight of the Ace Face working as a bell boy for the same hotel he smashed up completely destroyed Jimmy's pride in being a mod. Having already been severely disappointed with rock, his parents, his girlfriend, and his job, he drinks his problems away 'cause he has nothing left to live for. He could do any terrible act and not care at all.

    Amazing song. Keith Moon's drumming in particular is incredible. The final 1.5 minutes is simply glorious noise and it transitions so well into the next track on the album.
    QuadrophenicPinkon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo One has posted yet on this. This is my favorite Who song amazing solos. I think the song is about madness and obsession that occur when you are really druink and stoned. It makes this guy see two people that tell him to go and kill/rape people.
    kfe2on December 07, 2005   Link
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    General Comment4 songs on Quadrophenia were supposed to represent the different members of The Who, and thusly the different sides of Jimmy's personality. The "Is it me?" part of this song was supposed to represent John Entwistle. The description of this side of Jimmy's personality in the linear notes is "A romantic, is it me for a moment?"
    87thon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe "Is It Me?" lyrics really contrast with the rest of the song.
    airforbes1on May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe way that the "is it me" bit contrasts with the rest is supposed to reflect Jimmy's 2 personalities refered to in the song.

    Oh, and "doctor Jimmy and mr Jim" is a reference to "dr jeckl and mr hyde", a story about a man who has 2 personalities, a good guy and a monster.
    1imaginarygirlon June 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is easily my favourite song on an incredible album.

    Having had all of his beliefs shattered, Jimmy drinks a bottle of gin on top of all the drugs he's taken. The alcohol brings out his most reckless personality and he steals a boat and heads out to a rock off the coast. His actions aren't coincidental, but he still doesn't comprehend why he is attracted to the sea.
    Regos the Saneon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always got the dr jeckyl/mr hyde impression from this song. its maybe about how someone acts completely different when they're drunk thanthey do when they're sober. i don't really know, haven't looked too closelyat the lyrics, i just love the song.
    im_no_supermanon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat song.
    I thought it was Roger's personality as he's well known as the "thug" out of the Who with his swaggering, brutish manner. The song sound like it's sung by a right hard b*stard...except the middle part (possibly his true feelings).

    Love the line "Oh fucking will he". Such pride and arrogance in his voice.
    Deathsdoor99on October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a wonderful song. I love the lines when they sing "Is it me, for a moment?" It just has a beautiful ring to it.
    third_to_the_lefton May 31, 2007   Link

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