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Song Lyric Sunday – See Me, Feel Me

Jim Adams gives us the prompt of touch/feel for this weeks’s Song Lyric Sunday. Lots of songs came to mind, but this is the one that stuck.

The English group The Who recorded the album “Tommy” in May of 1969. They played all of “Tommy” at Woodstock in August of 1969. “See Me, Feel Me” was sung just as the sun came up on the third morning after three days of rain. This performance was captured on film and is included in the film “Woodstock”. This performance helped launch Roger Daltrey as a sex symbol and solidified a place in American culture for The Who.

Tommy was written primarily by Pete Townshend and was influenced by the teachings of Indian spiritual leader the guru Meher Baba. Townshend tried to interpret his teachings of unity and translate them into music. It took six months to create the material to have it ready to take into the studio to arrange and record.

”See Me, Feel Me” does not appear as a separate track on the “Tommy” album. It is instead the third refrain of “We’re Not Going To Take It”. “See Me, Feel Me” and “Listening to You” were eventually released as a single in 1970 and reached #12 on the U.S. charts. It was also released in the U.K. but did not chart there.

”Tommy” was later developed into film, opera and broadway.

The entire story of “Tommy” is an interesting story indeed. Perhaps I will write about it at some later date.

See Me, Feel Me
lyrics from societyofrock.com

See Me
Feel Me
Touch Me
Heal Me
See Me
Feel Me
Touch Me
Heal Me
Listening to you, I get the music
Gazing at you, I get the heat
Following you, I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet
Right behind you, I see the millions
On you, I see the glory
From you, I get opinion
From you, I get the story
Listening to you, I get the music
Gazing at you, I get the heat
Following you, I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet
Right behind you, I see the millions
On you, I see the glory
From you, I get opinion
From you, I get the story

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – See Me, Feel Me”

  1. Maggie, this is the Who at their best. I was a bit too young for Woodstock, but I always considered myself as being part of the Woodstock generation. This song is perfect for the prompt.

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  2. I’m so glad you did this song. The Who is my favorite rock group of all time, even over Journey who is my favorite of my teenage years in the 80’s. I had to write a more personal song today so threw this song out of my possibilities!

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  3. I watched Tommy in the theater in 1975 but really had no idea what I was seeing. Went right over my head. My down the street neighbors had the album that we played on loop. Vivid memories. Ann-Margret and the dad from the Omen. Name escapes me. Oh and Tina Turner. Oh my my. Thanks for the memories 😊

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    1. The story of Tommy is quite complex. I was going to add more background in my post, but it would have been half-baked at best. I always loved Pinball Wizard, too. Definitely good memories.

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      1. the scene in the movie had Elton with these boots for days out in a field playing a pinball machine. Very psychedelic but I was 11 or 12 and so confused. lol

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