One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ...

I've got my clipboard, text books
Lead me to the station
Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
I'm runnin' in the rain
Gonna run till my feet are raw

Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
And I'm a soldier at thirteen
Slip kid, slip kid, realization
There's no easy way to be free
No easy way to be free

It's a hard, hard world

I left my doctor's prescription bungalow behind me
I left the door ajar
I left my vacuum flask
Full of hot tea and sugar
Left the keys right in my car

Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
Only half way up the tree
Slip kid, slip kid, I'm a relation
I'm a soldier at sixty-three
No easy way to be free

Slip kid, slip kid

Keep away old man, you won't fool me
You and your history won't rule me
You might have been a fighter, but admit you failed
I'm not affected by your blackmail
You won't blackmail me

I've got my clipboard, text books
Lead me to the station
Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
I'm runnin' in the rain
Gonna run till my feet are raw

Slip kid, slip kid, slip out of trouble
Slip over here and set me free
Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
You're slidin' down the hill like me
No easy way to be free
No easy way to be free
No easy way to be free


Lyrics submitted by alishajane

Slip Kid Lyrics as written by Pete Townshend

Lyrics © Spirit Music Group

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    General Comment

    This song is amazing. Very cool opening for The Who By Numbers

    the walrus67on October 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    one of my top who favs...i LOOOVE the intro...ironic that both pete & roge have both made it to 63...awesome!

    thewhoandzepp4evron June 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    Slip Kid is not a warning about the music industry. Anyone with any knowledge of the last centuries history in the United Kingdom should be able to discern that this is an anti- IRA song. A 'slip' is a type of traditional Irish folk dance, hence a slip kid is an Irish Kid. A 'kit bag' is a home made bomb. "Second generation, only half the way up the tree" is a reference to kids being born into IRA families, yet held low on the totem pole as pawns. "Keep away old man, You won't fool Me. You and your history won't rule me. You might have been a fighter but admit you have failed " is being spoken towards the older IRA members who recruited young teen boys for violence and public disturbances some 40+ years after a peace accord was signed.

    bronco1000on January 01, 2015   Link
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    General Comment

    I'm pretty sure the lyric should read "soldier of sixty-three", as in 1963.

    jfire7887on February 15, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I always interpreted it as Pete working out his feelings of become musically obsolete. The "Keep away, old man" stanza could be read as an up-and-coming rocker telling Pete that he's a has-been.

    SanityInspectoon August 09, 2016   Link

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