Long Live Rock Lyrics - The Who



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Down at the Astoria the scene was changing,
Bingo and rock were pushing out X-rating,
We were the first band to vomit in the bar,
And find the distance to the stage too far,
Meanwhile it's getting late at ten o'clock,
Rock is dead they say,
Long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive.

People walk in sideways pretending that they're leaving,
We put on our makeup and work out all the lead-ins,
Jack is in the alley selling tickets made in Hong Kong,
Promoter's in the pay box wondering where the band's gone,
Back in the pub the governor stops the clock,
Rock is dead, they say,
Long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive.

Landslide, rocks are falling,
Falling down 'round our very heads,
We tried but you were yawning,
Look again, rock is dead, rock is dead, rock is dead.

The place is really jumping to the Hiwatt amps,
'Til a 20-inch cymbal fell and cut the lamps,
In the blackout they dance right into the aisle,
And as the doors fly open even the promoter smiles,
Someone takes his pants off and the rafters knock,
Rock is dead, they say,
Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock.

Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock,
Long live rock, long live rock, long live rock.

Long live rock, I need it every night,
Long live rock, come on and join the line,
Long live rock, be it dead or alive.






Writer: P. TOWNSEND
Lyrics © SPIRIT ONE MUSIC OBO TOWSER TUNES



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A True Classic | Reviewer: Doug Betz | 3/3/10

An album such as "Odds and Sods" giving us exposure to such tunes as "Pure and Easy", "I'm the Face" and the anthemic "Long Live Rock" being put together as seconds proves what great talent lies within the Who. To think that these songs didn't make albums but are so spectacular and well-done is mind-boggling. I can't imagine any other band putting "Long Live Rock" aside for later release. The Who, in my humble opinion, are the greatest gift that England had given to the real rock and roll world (not counting The Beatles, they go without saying). "Long Live Rock" captures the pure testosterone of the way rock should be written, recorded and performed. It captures the mindset and the heart that is rock and roll.



Who's Jack ? | Reviewer: irish jack | 6/2/09

Some years ago I begged my wife to accompany me to a local cinema to see 'That'll Be The Day'. She complained that she wasn't particularly a David Essex fan. When I insisted and further begged her to come she wanted to know what was so special about the film. The game was up..I said,
'What is so special about the film? My dear girl, Billy Fury, thee Billy Fury is going to be singing a song called 'Long Live Rock' and you're married to the man whose mentioned in it ! Now, are you getting your coat on or not?
Love to all
Irish Jack



Pete's the greatest | Reviewer: Jim Luschen | 11/17/08

I like the live BBC version where Pete forgets to sing the line about dancing in the aisles, and instead sings the line twice about someone taking his pants off, laughing as he realizes he's screwed up.



The Billy Fury version of "Long Live Rock" | Reviewer: E.J. Towey | 1/23/08

There's a great scene in the 1973 movie "That'll Be the Day" that features England's legendary Billy Fury doing his version of "Long Live Rock" as a 1958 rock singer. In the same dance hall scene is a 33-year-old Ringo Starr, hair slicked back 50's style and dancing in a contest. The late Keith Moon of The Who is also in a scene. Billy Fury, also 33 at the time, was England's answer to Elvis Presley and in his earliest appearances, the resemblance is eery. Fury was one of the Larry Parnes' stable and had a zillion hit songs in England. He died in 1983 of heart illness at age 43.



the absolute gem | Reviewer: charly | 9/5/07

This is the truly rock and roll hymn, the final homage... Sadly Pete didn´t make the album around it in 72 but that´s what makes Odds and Sodds (specially the augmented double cd version) something that any who fan (and more) cannot afford to pass by.





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