Pinball Wizard Lyrics - The Who

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Ever since I was a young boy,
I've played the silver ball.
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all.
but I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

He stands like a statue,
Becomes part of the machine.
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean.
plays by intuition,
The digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

He's a pinball wizard
There has to be a twist.
A pin ball wizard,
S'got such a supple wrist.

How do you think he does it?
I don't know!
What makes him so good?

ain't got no distractions
Can't hear no buzzers and bells,
Don't see no lights a flashin'
Plays by sense of smell.
Always gets the replay,
Never seen him fall,
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball.

I thought I was
The Bally table king.
But I just handed
My pinball crown to him.

Even on my favorite table
He can beat my best.
His disciples lead him in
And he just does the rest.
He's got crazy flipper fingers
Never seen him fall.
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball!

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The albumTommy | Reviewer: Lynne | 7/29/14

I remember when this album came out. It was in 1969. I was 14. I loved this album. I loved The Who. This song was not about Jimi Hendrix. Albeit, Jimi Hendrix was a FABULOUS guitarist. I was in 7th grade (12) and had his first album. It was phenomenal. But,I digress.
This IS a song about pinball. Also, an aside for the person who stated pin balls usually were played with 3 balls. When I was a (self proclaimed, that is), Pinball Wizard, a game was 5 balls. You could get 5 games for 25 cents. The really big emphasis on playing clean is, waaaay back then, you could really bump and grind on a pinball machine. Yes, you COULD make it TILT, but they became far more sensitive later. Also, I WAS a good pinball player. I played fairly clean. It was not unusual for me to rack up 20+ free games after a few years. I began playing when I was 10. It was great. Still is.

actually | Reviewer: Clayton | 7/14/10

pinball wizard is about when jimi hendrix went to brighton and was so talented...its a weird analogy,but pete townsend was talking about jime hendrix and how he moved his hands so fast...or play really good guitar

a "peek" review | Reviewer: brian | 1/17/10

I have to agree with Duncan(7/26/09) in the sense that it sounds more like "digit counters fall" rather than what-Z stated. At least from what I heard anyway-off of you tube. First time seeing the complete lyrics-from

Digit counter and hall | Reviewer: Duncan | 7/26/09

I have the lyrics that came with the album, Tommy. It is definitely "amusement hall", which means arcade. "The digit counters fall" is also correct. It shows how quickly Tommy's score is rising, as pinball scores were displayed mechanically instead of digitally at the time of the album (if you've seen the movie or played on an older pinball machine you'll see what I mean).

Little known fact | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/19/09

Did you know that while many people think pinball plays a big role in Tommy, it really doesn't? The only reason The Who even added in the song 'Pinball Wizard' is because one of the main critics for the album was a big fan of pinball. So basically, it's not symbolic of anything, it was just trying to jump their reviews. Ironic, isn't it?

I don't know.... | Reviewer: Nebraska G | 3/3/09

This is definantly* (sorry about my spelling but im not saying this is a difiantly good song...) a song you can just sit and listen to on any occasion. even funerals! But i have to disagree i have always enjoyed the elton John version, But hell thats just me...

-Nebraska G

Tommy Plotline - Pinball Wizard | Reviewer: Mike | 2/2/09

Tommy is discovered to have a talent for pinball, and quickly defeats the game's tournament champion. This propels Tommy to international celebrity status. "Pinball Wizard" is sung from the point of view of the reigning champion before Tommy.

Great! | Reviewer: The Wizard | 8/28/08

The song reminds me of when I was a young kid at the arcade.It was either pinball,centipede,or pac-man.ole school baby!
The lyrics are delivered in a theatrical way which makes a simple song great.
The music will stick in your mind if you know how to listen to the tone(mood).To put it in lay terms.The Who Rocks!

A reinterpetation | Reviewer: mojohand | 12/10/07

I just watched Joziah Longo of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams sing the first verse of this song, and it was just wonderful. Get the riff from Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" going in your head. Then sing "Pinball Wizard."
"Ever since I was a young boy..."

love this song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/30/07

Great song, but I'm afraid the lyrics are
"left digit counts his ball"
"the digit counters fall"
This is a common misconception, apparently.

Most pinball machines give the player a certain number of balls to start with (three is a common number), so that if the player's first pinball is lost between the flippers, they have more chances to keep playing.
In addition, machines award extra balls from time to time, like extra guys in a video game. Extra balls are usually given as a reward for skill (e.g. they may be handed out every 10,000 points).

Thus "left digit counts his ball" indicates that Tommy is so good, he has been awarded as many extra pinballs as the machine can keep track of.


Great song indeed | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/14/07

I just love this piece of music. The Who is one of the best bands ever and Pinball Wizard is one of thei best, too. It is all about finding yourself like this deaf ad blind Tommy does when he is playing pinball. Damn, I'd like to see The Who's movvie "Tommy".

yeah | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/07

yeah it is definitively HALL because it rhymes with BALL and ALL, etc. but great song, great band.

lyrics are perfect | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/18/07

To the person before me who wrote that it is "amusement park", it is indeed " amusement hall."

The Who's Pinball Wizard | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/5/07

This is a great song from a great album. It is "in any amusment hall." It rhymes with ball.

great song | Reviewer: unknown | 3/17/07

this is a good song. this is better then the elton john version. but its "In any amusement park" not hall

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