Music and trivia — Baba O’Riley and The Who

Posted By on August 1, 2012

Age has its advantages —  I felt like a sage (sophos) when relaying a bit of 70’s music trivia from The Who (I really don’t know that much music trivia).

  The Who – Baba O’Riley-live (mp3)

In a conversation today I mentioned that I heard “Baba O’Riley” as a lead in while listening to business news on the CNBC feed on SirusXM and that it tickled some fond summertime memories. The comment I received back was: “Oh, I  hate Bill O’Reilly!”
After a good chuckle,  I shared that it was a title of a song,  one that was one of the most influential rock songs on an era. “Baba O’Riley” was written by Pete Townshend of   The Who and usually remember by one of the lines in the song — “Teenage Wasteland.”  Finally that triggered a recall so  I mentioned the name came from a combination of a couple of guys who influenced Townshend — Meher Baba and Terry Riley although I did have to look up their names.

Baba O’Rily written by Pete Townshend

Out here in the fields
I fight for my meals
I get my back into my living
I don’t need to fight
To prove I’m right
I don’t need to be forgiven

Don’t cry
Don’t raise your eye
It’s only teenage wasteland

Sally, take my hand
We’ll travel south crossland
Put out the fire
And don’t look past my shoulder
The exodus is here
The happy ones are near
Let’s get together
Before we get much older

Teenage wasteland
It’s only teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland

They’re all wasted!


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