"The Rock" as written by and Pete Townshend....
Down at the Astoria the scene was changing
Bingo and rock were pushing out x-rating
We were the first band to vomit at the bar
And find the distance to the stage too far
Meanwhile it's getting late at ten o'clock
Rock is dead they say
Long live rock

Long live rock! I need it every night
Long live rock! Come on and join the line
Long live rock! Be it dead or alive

People walk in sideways pretending that they're leaving
We put on our makeup and work out all the lead-ins
Jack is in the alley selling tickets made in Hong Kong
Promoter's in the pay box wondering where the band's gone
Back in the pub the governor stops the clock
Rock is dead they say
Long live rock

Long live rock! I need it every night
Long live rock! Come on and join the line
Long live rock! Be it dead or alive

Landslide, rocks are falling, falling down upon our very heads
We tried but you were yawning, look again
Rock is dead
Rock is dead
Rock is dead

The place is really jumping to the high watt amps
'Til a twenty inch cymbal fell and cut the lamps
In the blackout they danced right into the aisle
And as the doors fly open even the promoter smiles
Someone takes his pants off and the rafters knock
Rock is dead they say
Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock, long live rock

Long live rock
Long live rock
Long live rock
Long live rock
Long live rock

Long live rock! I need it every night
Long live rock! Come on and join the line
Long live rock! Be it dead or alive


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"Long Live Rock" as written by Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend

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    Song MeaningIt's vague in the album and even in the book that came with the album. But it's clearer in the movie.

    Jimmy has completely *****HAD IT*****

    He wants everything in his life to end, just f%#king end–one way or the other.

    And part of him DOES end. It's symbolic instead of literal, but Jimmy kind of splits into people at the rock. The person he was drowns, but the new one lives. When he sees the rock standing so proud and strong like the monolith in 2001, he goes to it and lets his boat drift away. With no way to get back, he (symbolically) becomes part of The Rock, and it's strength becomes part of him.

    He then has that moment that Richard Pryor talked about (on a kid's show!):

    One day when you finally had enough of it, you just say "This is who I am, this is what I like, and this is what I'm going to be. I'm just gonna be ME, and [if someone doesn't like it,] the HELLLL with it! Take it or leave it!"

    In the movie, Jimmy appears to commit suicide while The Rock is playing, but it's ambiguous. A hint is given at the end, when Jimmy is alone next to a cliff. "Love reign o'er me" is playing (for us–Jimmy can't hear it). When Daltry sings "reign o'er..." Jimmy (who's alone) screams "ME!!!" It's the only word spoken in the last 10 minutes of the film.

    But when you watch it again, you notice something in the VERY first brief scene (it's maybe five seconds). Before the story starts with "I am The Sea," you see Jimmy walking away from the mess he left at the end of the film–with a confident, self-assured smile.

    He didn't kill himself.

    And he's not a screwed up kid anymore.

    â–º The helpless dancer finally stopped dancing.

    If you like Quadrophenia, you MUST see the movie!!

    ♥,

    --faye kane ♀ homeless brain
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    FayeKaneon May 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis I think is when Jimmy rides out on his boat in depression without a hero only to realize that he can't run. He has to grow up and accept his personalities and live on. Thats when Love, Reign O'er me begins. I always thought at the end he found god or something. The Rock could be a summary of all events leading up to the end as well. All the events racing through his head as he rides out lonely and depressed until he finally reaches his breaking point only to find that his childhood is over and that the rain is showering him. He sees the rain as a sign of love, from god or whoever.
    This could also be about the storm raging around Jimmy as his boat drifts off.
    animecardon August 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoesn't that guitar solo at 4:39 aound exactly like something David Gilmour from Pink FLoyd would do?
    Skillstadon April 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe moment Jimmy is at his lowest. The rock bottom. He starts recollecting the events that happened recently and realizing his psychological problems, his split personality.

    The song plays the four themes, as a reference to Jimmy realizing his personalities. Then, at the end, the four themes are played simoutaneously, as a coherent whole, showing that the boy finally managed to aquire his identity, structure his mind into a single being.
    MagicMannon June 27, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General Commentcan't believe nobody has commented on this classic ballad,, bla blah blah. whatever ! my faaovrite band is so mcu h better than yoor band. believe it blah ablah bla
    orphan_yachtson August 06, 2008   Link

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