Pure and Easy Lyrics - The Who

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There once was a note, pure and easy
Playing so free, like a breath rippling by
The note is eternal, I hear it, it sees me
Forever we blend and forever we die

I listened and I heard music in a word
And words when you played your guitar
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering
And a child flew past me riding on a star

As people assemble
Civilization is trying to find a new way to die
But killing is really merely scene changing
All men are bored with other men's lies

I listened and I heard music in a word
And words when you played your guitar
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering
And a child flew past me riding in a star

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Gas on a hillside, oil in the teacup
Watch all the chords of life lose their joy
Distortion becomes somehow pure in its wildness
The note that began all can also destroy

We all know success when we all find our own dreams
And our love is enough to knock down any wall
And the future's been seen as men try to realize
The simple secret of the note in us all....in us all

I listened and I heard music in a word
And words when you played your guitar
The noise that I was hearing was a million people cheering
And a child flew past me riding in a star

Today is the day when sound curdles mountains
Blowing and flowing each man in its way
Destroying itself in the end with vibration
There's nothing on earth its challenge can take

Except in one note, pure and easy
Playing so free, like a breath rippling by
There once was a note, listen
There once was a note, listen
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Pure and easy | Reviewer: Dharma king | 1/24/13

This is one of the great songs by Pete inspired, no doubt, by his connection to Meher Baba. The combination of sounds and lyrics transcends both. It's brilliant in it's construction. I especially love his own version sung and all instruments played by Pete on Who Came First, his 1972 solo album and his Lighthouse demo. I appreciate the the words are printed here, it clarifies a lot... although at the end, I think he is singing "there once was a note ...desire" Brilliant!

pure & easy | Reviewer: Gene | 9/25/10

Pete originally released "Pure & Easy" on his first solo album. The Who's version of "Pure & Easy" was originally released on vinyl in '74 on "Odds & Sods", the same record "Long Live Rock" comes off of, not the '95 CD release of "Who's Next"!

pure & easy | Reviewer: todd | 3/28/08

It was written originally for the lifehouse rock opera by pete but when it couldn't be completed pete put it on his solo album later & also on the compact disc version of who's next. great song too.

author | Reviewer: francisco gonzalez | 11/6/07

My understanding is that the song was written by Pete as solo. It came out in his first solo album (Who came first).

For the rest very good job. thanks.



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