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Slit Skirts Lyrics

I was just thirty-four years old and I was still wandering in a haze
I was wondering why everyone I met seemed like they were
Lost in a maze

I don't know why I thought I should have some kind of
Divine right to the blues
It's sympathy not tears people need when they're the
Front page sad news.

The incense burned away and the stench began to rise
And lovers now estranged avoided catching each others' eyes

And girls who lost their children cursed the men who fit the coil
And men not fit for marriage took their refuge in the oil
No one respects the flame quite like the fool who's badly burned
From all this you'd imagine that there must be something learned

Slit skirts, Jeanie never wears those slit skirts
I don't ever wear no ripped shirts
Can't pretend that growing older never hurts.

Knee pants, Jeanie never wears no knee pants
Have to be so drunk to try a new dance
So afraid of every new romance

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Romance, romance, why aren't we thinking up romance?
Why can't we drink it up true heart romance
Just need a brief new romance

Let me tell you some more about myself, you know I'm sitting at home just now.
The big events of the day are passed and the late TV shows have come around.
I'm number one in the home team, but I still feel unfulfilled.
A silent voice in her broken heart complaining that I'm unskilled.

And I know that when she thinks of me, she thinks of me as him,
But, unlike me, she don't work off her frustration in the gin.

Recriminations fester and the past can never change
A woman's expectations run from both ends of the range

Once she woke with untamed lovers' face between her legs
Now he's cooled and stifled and it's she who has to beg

Slit skirts, Jeanie never wears those slit skirts
And I don't ever wear no ripped shirts
Can't pretend that growing older never hurts

Knee pants, Jeanie never wears no knee pants
We have to be so drunk to try a new dance
So afraid of every new romance

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Romance, romance, why aren't we thinking up romance?
Why can't we drink it up true heart romance
Just need a brief new romance
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This is a phenomenal song, and I'm surprised there's only 1 comment, but I digress. Solo Pete seems almost depressed and sometimes confused, perhaps his sexuality at times. I read that he had a difficult childhood, and recently there were allegations of child pornogrophy charges that were dropped thankfully. Anyway, this is a powerful song about someone who doesn't love him as much as before, or has grown tired of him and the lyrics are scathing. Finally, my favorite part is the guitar fade at the end of the song.

@Flyersfan Great comment. The guitar solo and fade out at the end has always blown me away. Thanks for noticing.

@Flyersfan beautifully summarized and I agree-this is a phenomenal song.

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This, like the songs "Empty Glass" and "Another Tricky Day" are brilliant pieces from his painful spin-out period of 1978-1981 when he was deeply in debt and losing everything with drinking and drugs. He was starting to endure separation from his wife Karen (named "Jeannie" here), and feeling very alone. Though he was well on his way to cleaning up his life upon this album's release, the song was written during a very bottomed out period, and very fascinating and sad at the same time. I love Pete for his honesty in songwriting, and this is a shining example.

My Interpretation
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I recognize most of the general references in this song, but one has me puzzled: does anyone know what he means by "men not fit for marriage took their refuge in the oil"?

The line about refuge in the oil is an allusion to masturbation, baby oil..well, you get it...I know...but Townshend has made such references in the past (Pictures of Lilly, from The Who),

To become a roughneck on an oil rig in the North Sea.

My own interpretation is that men who are not fit subjects for marriage take their refuge in the oil of Holy Orders, the rite through which men become priests... I've known so many priests, brothers, ministers who were simply unfit as marriage partners.

I do acknowledge both of the previous interpretations as potentially sound, though.

Cheers!

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This song is SO terrible, but I still love it at the same time! It's about a guy's girlfriend who's getting tired of him!

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My favorite song from Chinese Eyes. This song has two hooks and is a great example of song structure to anyone in Music Theory.

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Oddly enough this song is not about his wife Karen. In La Jolla I think, he talks to the crowd and says he wasn't even awake during the period of Chinese Eyes but was then prepared (c. 2001) to own a few lines!!

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IMHO, Slit Skirts is a metaphor for Karen’s (Pete's estranged wife) unhappiness with their marriage and relationship as it was affected by Pete constantly working and creating in his studio (burning the midnight oil), and not being fully available as a husband and father. Going into the relationship, she knew who he was; their first date was an early Who performance at a club. But that life ultimately turned out not to be what she wanted or thought it would be. Thus, she didn’t wear that “slit skirt.” And Pete was always Pete, doing what he was meant to do. And Pete didn’t wear ripped shirts as that would indicate his being less than who he was/is.

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@DebboraghS Nope. In his interview he shared how jealous she became of his love for music. After the joy of marriage faded she grew bitter of his passion for creativity and art, a talent she didn't possess.

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