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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    General CommentThough I know this wasn't what they had in mind, but I tend to think of Vietnam, Johnson, and Nixon when I hear this song. I noticed the similarities when we were learning about Vietnam and Watergate in Social Studies this year. (The fact that my teacher this year is HUGE Who fan and has a poster in his classroom probably helped me make the connection.)

    To sum it up very simply: Kind of how after Johnson lied so much while in office, people were hoping that Nixon would get us out of Vietnam and be more honest, but then Watergate came along and more disillusionment knocked us on our heads. ("Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss.") And, of course, the revolution in this song makes me think of the cultural revolution and anti-war movement that occured during this time.

    Yeah, probably doesn't fit completely, but I haven't analyzed the song word for word. It's just what the song sort of reminds me of.

    Oh! Someone mentioned the French Revolution as an example. I like that idea. Especially with Napolean becoming emporer and stuff.
    Obsessive0514on July 03, 2007   Link

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