I Can See For Miles Lyrics - The Who

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I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

If you think that I don't know about the little tricks you play
And never see you when deliberately you put things in my way

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

You took advantage of my trust in you when I was so far away
I saw you holding lots of other guys and now you've got the nerve to say

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That you still want me
Well, that's as may be
But you gotta stand trial
Because all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

I know you've deceived me, now here's a surprise
I know that you have 'cause there's magic in my eyes

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles
Oh yeah

The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days
You thought that I would need a crystal ball to see right through the haze

Well, here's a poke at you
You're gonna choke on it too
You're gonna lose that smile
Beacuse all the while

I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles
and miles and miles and miles and miles

I can see for miles and miles*

*(sung 9 times, fading)



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Greatest Who song ever recorded- | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/18/14

Somebody needs to put it out again, preferably what is left of the Who.
Townsend was very, very right. Its genius.
Agree that the lyrics in question is "well, that just may be" and ...Taj Mahal "I can see on clear days"..

Haunting | Reviewer: RobstheName | 11/22/13

I think I can See for Miles is a brilliant song, and very haunting. A song about frustration, an unreachable girl (resembling in some ways the theme of Pictures of Lily, too - the Who's best-ever song, in my opinion.), despair.... and revenge.
In response to the previous commentator: The lyrics are:
"The Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal are mine to see on clear days..." - There's no grammatical mistake in that line.
And "that's as may be..." is colloquial English, as fine as may be!
One of the other famous songs about revenge is the Stones' "Under My Thumb", Jagger's cocky stance stands in market contrast to Townshend's. Jagger is sure he is going to turn the tables on the girl and enjoy doing so.
Townshend's revenge is never resolved - and that's one of the things that makes it such a unique and chilling song with the final refrain going on for all eternity...
A great and very powerful song.

All time favorite | Reviewer: HoleSaw | 6/26/13

All time favorite WHO song, one of my all time favorite songs from ANYONE! Don't care much for the Who, mainly because I think Pete Townshend is an ass, although I can't take away from his talent.

A beautiful song | Reviewer: Miguel Angel Deza | 2/25/13

I love it. Like a Who fan I look upon this song underrated. I dont think the refrain is a bit tiresome. Like a song this is one of the best ever. I almost could say I like it just like Behind Blue Eyes. This is a creation of Pete and he is one of the greatest rock songwriters the world has seen and known/

The Significance of I Can See for Miles | Reviewer: Chase | 7/2/12

I understand that this song was supposed to be a sucess, but it was not as big as they wanted it to be. Personally, I love it.

Now, I could be mistaken, but I beleive that this was considered the, erm. . . wildest song of the time, and that it was Pete Townshend's trying to make harder, dirtier songs with this that inspired Paul McCartney to write Helter Skelter, which took over as the hardest, wildest song of the time.

According to what I've read, Paul read a review of the song talking about how hard-rocking and wild it was, and he found it less than that. He tried to take the idea of making a kind of crazy song like it was supposed to be, and the idea became Helter Skelter, which actually went through a lot of changes, improvisations, etc.

Anyway, as a fan of The Beatles and The Who, I find the connection a rather interesting fun-fact.

re: One of the WHO's greatest hits ever, not | Reviewer: alex g | 10/14/09

The WHO SELL OUT ranks as one of the all time double albums, a work of sheer genius. But, you won't find the WHO performing I Can See For Miles live, ever. The WHO crafted this incredible (for 1967) album, and released I Can See For Miles as the hit that would establish them as a top British power. Unfortunately the album only caught on in a cult type manner, amongst a small elite number of fans, and Miles was a moderate hit, but did not come anywhere close to # 1 ranking in the UK. Pete Townsend was really miffed over this and threw his copy of the album into his stereo turntable.

Townsend admitted as much for the cover art and metadata for the double album CD (Who Sell Out was released as a single vinyl album in the US originally). It was not until years later, and Tommy, that the Who lived up to their monetary and artistic potential, according to US fans.

the hit that should have been | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/12/09

This is one of the Who's greatest songs ever. It was supposed to be THE big hit from THE WHO SELL OUT, one of their very best, but overlooked, albums. They are still disappointed by this songs lack of success, and to this day they refuse to play it live.

alex

while waiting for Tommy | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/13/09

The Who were busy working on Tommy, and it was taking quite a long time to make, so Townshend wrote this song so the Who could put out a single and make sure the public hadn't forgotten them. So this was sort of a stop gap, let's-make-a-hit affair whilst the real masterpiece was being constructed in the background. And considering that, it's frightfully good. The urgency in the guitar rifs is terrific and Daltry's vocals are in top form. The muddy production is a bit frustrating, however, and the I Can See For Miles refrain gets a bit tiresome.

That JUST may be,.....Taj Mahal I CAN see...... | Reviewer: David Oliver | 9/13/07

HELLO! Hey, I could Definitely be wrong, but, I think that the correct lyrics to the line, "Well, that's as may be," are actually "Well, that's JUST may be,"......

Likewise, the line "The Taj Mahal are mine to see........" is, I think, "The Taj Mahal I can see........"

Now, if I am mistaken about this, will you PLEASE let me know?.....THANK YOU!



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