Thursday, June 3, 2010

No Road Romance

A stunningly beautiful song by Pete that for some reason didn't make it onto the Who Are You album when it was released in 1978 (but is available on the remastered cd released in 1996):



When you look through the lights to the stage
You see the man of your dreams
You think his life's full of parties and love
But it's not what it seems

If you could see in his room right now
You'd see how much love is showed
There's never really any romance on the road

His forehead seems cut in two
By the crease in his brow
He chews his nails and he fidgets
Just trying to settle on down

The TV channels keep flicking
His adrenaline slowed
There's never really any romance on the road

Oh no

There's never romance on the road
Only frustration and overload
He could fall in love, but he'd never know
For she's only riding
And he's only hiding

He's sure to ask
She won't say no
But there's never really any romance on the road

He was up in the bar straight-backed, did you see him before?
Did he sign you his name, come with me, listen in at his door?

Hear himself so drunk calling home, can't remember the code
You know, there's never really any romance on the road, oh no no no

He's held some beautiful girls in his arms
But now he clutches his bike
Whatever good did they do in him now, he might as well be a mic

For his memories aren't worth a thing
Till he's old and he's gone
And his past never quite catches up
The show's moving on

Did he say he kept a picture of a blonde-haired girl
Who'd been kind
When he was last home his own daughter
Brought it into his mind

Maybe closing bars and jets
Paid some debts that he owed
But there's never really any romance on the road

There's never romance on the road
Only frustration and overload
He's never learned a thing from the dust that blowed

On stage for an hour
On a laser beam tower
But you know he slept while a neon glowed
There's never really any romance on the road

There's never romance on the road
Only frustration and overload
He could fall in love
But he'd never know
For she's only riding
And he's only hiding

He's sure to ask
But she won't say no
There's never really any romance on the road

4 comments:

  1. Too many posts again! I think you do that whenever I leave a great comment (last one in May); you just bury it.

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  2. Um, last post in May. I commented in June.

    I'm syill looking for T.E. "tee-hee" Lawrence references in your Seven Pillars post (7 Posts post?)

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  3. I think it is a pretty song, but my mom once told me she was tired of hearing songs complaining about how tough it is on the road. I think this falls into that category. Oh, my life is so hard. There's no love, just an endless parade of willing women to have casual meaningless sex with. I feel so sorry for you.

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  4. A beautiful song, and great chords. i'm getting into The Who.

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