Rael Lyrics - The Who

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The Red Chins in their millions
Will overspill their borders
And chaos then will reign in our Rael

The country of my fathers
A proud land of old order
Like a goldfish being swallowed by a whale

Rael, the home of my religion
To me the center of the Earth

The Red Chins in their millions
Will overspill their borders
And chaos then will reign in our Rael

My heritage is threatened
My roots are torn and cornered
And so to do my best I'll homeward sail
And so to do my best I'll homeward sail

Now Captain, listen to my instructions
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Return to this spot on Christmas Day
Look toward the shore for my signal
And then you'll know if in Rael I'll stay

If a yellow flag is fluttering
Sickly herald against the morn
Then you'll know my courage has ended
And you'll send your boat ashore

But if a red flag is flying
Brazen bold against the blue
Then you'll know that I am staying
And my yacht belongs to you

Now Captain, listen to my instructions
Return to this spot on Christmas Day
Look toward the shore for my signal
And then you'll know if in Rael I'll stay

He's crazy if he thinks we're coming back again
He's crazy if he thinks we're coming back again
He's crazy if he thinks we're coming back again
He's crazy, anyway

If a yellow flag is fluttering
Sickly herald against the morn
Then you'll know my courage has ended
And you'll send your boat ashore



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sell out | Reviewer: who-me | 11/16/13

music wise it's the best one ever even a silly one like "oderono"
it's a great song, if you listen carefully a lot of the music on sell out is carried over to "tommy", as far as I'm concerned Pete Townsend could sing the phone book and I'd buy it, to me he has one of the best voices ever recorded. as far as "Armenia city in the sky, I still can't figure out which one of them sang it, does not sound like any of them, but love the backwards recording my favorite who album

Rael, the home of my religion... | Reviewer: Melanie Lee | 2/8/12

I've been playing this song in my head a lot recently. I thought the opening line was "The wretches in their millions/Will overspill their borders". I'm positive that Rael is really Israel. After all, Jews, Christians, and Muslims (and others) have been fighting over that land for centuries. "The home of my religion..."

From Rael to Tommy | Reviewer: Melanie Lee | 2/8/12

Also, because music in Rael is used later in Tommy, I wonder if the stories are connected, if Rael is a prequel to Tommy. Maybe Rael's narrator is the missing Captain Walker? Or the captain the narrator talks to is Captain Walker?

What are "Red Chins"? | Reviewer: Dave | 10/6/11

As someone else commented, I heard "wretcheds in their millions will always built their martyrs" for some 35 years. I was surprised when I learned the actual lyrics -- and now with digital, I can hear them.

But what are the "Red Chins" and is "Rael" a variation on "Israel"?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Rael | Reviewer: Setantii | 12/17/09

In the mid eighties My brother and I were getting into the Who,I was about eighteen at the time and he sixteen.I had bought a few albums ,and we both loved the music.One day my brother came home with Sell out under his arm,we rushed to the record player and played it all through ,I looked at him and said its crap.Weeks later I played it again,and again.Sorry Tony I never told you but since then its been my favourite Who album.I never get tired of playing it,and it sounds as fresh as it must have done in 67.

LONG LIVE THE WHO... | Reviewer: babsie | 10/22/09

My love for The Who grows with time. I LOVE THIS ALBUM...it's currently in my number one slot...Rael...I'm gonna play it till I puke! And what about: Sunrise? (am I allowed to mention that here?) I would love to hear either LIVE...God, we were all so young then...

Full Circle | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/12/09

The closing song "Rael" tries to say something serious in contrast to the flight of fantasy opener "Armenia, City in the Sky". The players in it are a parallel to the offshore pirate station and the landlubbers who listen to it.

Sell Out | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/14/07

Remember, this album was cut in 1967 and released in 1967/UK, 1968/US!
Its music is just as good in 2007 as it was 40 years ago!

RED CHINS? | Reviewer: Dave | 8/23/07

Remarkable how we hear what we cannot understand. I heard (and will have a tough time "un-hearing") "The wretcheds in their millions..."

I loved the irony -- but it's not Quick One for total operatic depth!

Please tell me you're not serious | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/8/07

"I've been a Who fan for years, but ignore this album becuase of the silly/corny LP cover. I'm delighted to find a great album and track."

Are you kidding me? Why would you avoid an album (and a great one at that) just because of the cover? That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard and I'm glad you know better now.

Best | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/17/06

I think it is there greatest album ever. I am not talking about compilations though....

This is an original song.....


original | Reviewer: Dennis Wade | 6/24/05

Is this a totally original song, or what?

I've been a Who fan for years, but ignore this album becuase of the silly/corny LP cover. I'm delighted to find a great album and track.



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