We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again

A change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again, no, no

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half-alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do you?

Yeah

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are effaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again, no, no

Yeah
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss


Lyrics submitted by palmdogg10, edited by Lumet1, OldFoggy

Won't Get Fooled Again Lyrics as written by Peter Townshend

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  • +13
    General Comment

    This is an amazing, insightful song about Society, Govornment, and how things never REALLY change, they just get moved around. History repeats itself!

    regbon June 08, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General Comment

    In 1972 I heard Townshend say the song is about how British Labour Party pols used the foolish studentia to riot, protest, and demonstrate in order to facilitate their wins in Parliamentary elections. The promised changes did not come, and this is Pete's bitter denunciation of the liberal's lies.

    whraglynon August 18, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General Comment

    'Meet the new boss, same as the old boss' echos true today. Whether it's Clinton, Bush or Obama, what's the difference.

    Ravinon May 06, 2010   Link
  • +6
    My Interpretation

    This song is Anti-Government in general. Mainly in the fact that they mean a revolution is bound to happen over and over again because of political corruption. When they say "the marching on the left is now marching on the right" they're talking about liberals( the left) switching to conservative (the right) to please the general public. They use the line "we don't get fooled again" sarcastically because inevitably the general population gets fooled and their rights are taken from right under their noses. "For i know that the hypnotize never lie", This line refers to the media and how it distracts the people from whats really going on and fills their head full of S***. "Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss" this line says it all, who ever is in power, weather it be Democrat or Republican, They are the same although the general public doesn't notice.... Eventually they will.

    wsdwg70on April 25, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    This song, right after the short organ solo after "we don't get fooled again, don't get fooled again, no no", that drum solo and then the screeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaam is PURE POWER. It makes me feel like jumping up and letting all my stress out with a great big giant scream! This is one of my favorite moments in any song. Oh, pure heaven!

    Anyone read the book Animal Farm? Read it, and then comment on this song using that as an example. Or maybe I'll just do it myself. How the pigs and them animals change everything, and then it becomes just like before, that is like this song.

    Wow! I love this.

    AeroLed286on April 01, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    This song is obvious... It's about revolutions and how the new regime almost always ends up just as bad as the old regime:

    Meet the new boss/same as the old boss

    topace129on April 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    it's about revolutions in general, a good example is the french revolution...robespierre = new boss, Louis XVI=old boss...even tho that's not what pete townshend says. he said it's a plea to the audience not to make him the new boss, that you should be your own boss, cuz he's the same as the guy who was on the stage 5 minutes ago...he also said he takes full responsibility for the fact that his generation complained about the state of the world and did nothing to change it...that relates to teenage wasteland in baba o'riley

    ericfarsadon July 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Great great great song, a real rock anthem. While I doubt Pete intended for this song to be so heavily related to war and all that, but I guess a good song has multiple meanings.

    The drum solo when the music dies down near the end, is amazing. And the line "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss" simply genius.

    Muzzyon April 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is awesome.. It has to be one of The Who's best songs. The keyboard is really cool. IT sounds just like teenage wasteland too.

    echod16on July 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is so applicable to so many countries and their revolutions. One I havn't seen is America. The Revolution here in America was based on philosophies that are being violated today. It was a good idea, but went sour. The idea was small government, keep it out of the lives of the common man, and let people establish wealth through hard work and honesty. The only job of the government was to protect the people from fear and fraud. That covers medical care, education, military, police, and public works. But the government just turned into what it rebeled against, a economically controlling, power hungery collosus, they were just able to hide it with racism. Now that racism has nearly been wiped away from political correctness, these lies are becoming evident. and a new better sort of revolution will occur. One with the will of the people being heard, and complete realization.

    rockluver366on June 21, 2004   Link

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