"Don't Let Go The Coat" as written by and Pete Townshend....
I can't be held responsible for blown behavior
I can't be held responsible for blown behavior
I lost all contact with my only savior
I lost all contact with my only savior
No one locked me out because I failed to phone up
No one locked me out because I failed to phone up
I can't bear to live forever like a loner
I can't bear to live forever like a loner

Don't let go the coat
Don't let go the coat

It's easy to be sad when you lack a partner
It's easy to be sad when you lack a partner
But how would I react to a broken heart now?
But how would I react to a broken heart now?
It ain't really true rock and roll unless I'm
It ain't really true rock and roll unless I'm
Hanging onto you, and when I hold it next time
Hanging onto you, and when I hold it next time

I won't let go the coat
I won't let go the coat

I try to explain, but you never understand it
I try to explain, but you never understand it
I need your body, but I can't just demand it
I need your body, but I can't just demand it
I won't let go like a stray at heel

I won't let go like a stray at heel
(Never let it out of your sight)
(Never let it out of your sight)
Every lonely wife knows the way I feel
Every lonely wife knows the way I feel
(Don't let go tonight)
(Don't let go tonight)
Don't let go the coat
Don't let go the coat
Never let go the coat
Never let go the coat

Your friends all pass for life is just a market
Your friends all pass for life is just a market
But you have to finish everything you started
But you have to finish everything you started
So I live my life tearing down the runway
So I live my life tearing down the runway
Sure to get the hang of hanging in there someday
Sure to get the hang of hanging in there someday

Don't let go the coat
Don't let go the coat
Won't get no more chances; forget the war dances
Won't get no more chances; forget the war dances
Go blind and hang on; don't try the slang, son
Go blind and hang on; don't try the slang, son
Never let go the coat
Never let go the coat


Lyrics submitted by Chris_Gough, edited by CliffLandin

"Don't Let Go the Coat" as written by Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend

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    General Commentthis song is one of my favorite by The Who. I think most people don't realize they were still writing great songs such as this into the early 1980s.
    Richie45069on July 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThey say it's about the death of Keith Moon.
    emptyglasson November 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard Townshend wrote this about his Guru, Meher Baba. As a devotee of Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, I completely relate to the lyrics of this song. When things get tough, I hang onto the coat of my Guru too.
    NunoInfoon June 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentbut it doesn't need to be a Guru, could be anything that keeps you grounded and sane.
    regbon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThere is a story in the bible about a woman holding on to the hem of Jesus's robe, this song always reminds me of that.
    Doug McGraveon January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure why the lyrics are double up here, but they are. Strangely, the chorus is not. There should be 4 repetitions of Don't let go the coat and the rest should just be single.
    CliffLandinon May 25, 2012   Link

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