I Can't Explain

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About I Can't Explain

"I Can't Explain" is a song by the English rock band the Who, written by Pete Townshend, and produced by Shel Talmy. The song was issued as a single on 15 January 1965 in the United Kingdom and December 1964 in the United States. There was a misprinted label re-released in 1968 on the second color band series label entitled "Can't Explain" but it was soon withdrawn and released with the correct title of the song as released on the first 1964 release, and other previous and future label releases.  


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Got a feeling inside (can't explain)
It's a certain kind (can't explain)
I feel hot and cold (can't explain)
Yeah, down in my soul, yeah (can't explain)

I said (can't explain)
I'm feeling good now, yeah, but (can't explain)

Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling blue
The things you've said, well, maybe they're true
I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
I know what it means, but

Can't explain
I think it's love
Try to say it to you
When I feel blue

But I can't explain (can't explain)
Yeah, hear what I'm saying, girl (can't explain)

Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling bad
The things you've said have got me real mad
I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
I know what it means but

Can't explain
I think it's love
Try to say it to you
When I feel blue

But I can't explain (can't explain)
Forgive me one more time, now (can't explain)

(Ooh) I said I can't explain, yeah
(Ooh) you drive me out of my mind
(Ooh) yeah, I'm the worrying kind, babe
(Ooh) I said I can't explain

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The Who

The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Pete Townshend (vocals, guitar, keyboards), John Entwistle (vocals, bass) and Keith Moon, (drums, vocals). They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone. more »

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10 facts about this song

"I Can't Explain" was the debut single by The Who, released in 1965. - The song is considered one of the classics of British beat music era.
The song was written by The Who's lead guitarist, Pete Townshend.
"I Can't Explain" is about the difficulty of teenage life, and the struggles with articulating complex emotions.
Townshend has described the song as a rip-off of 'You Really Got Me' by The Kinks, but it was one of the few songs all four original members liked.
The Who's "I Can't Explain" is characterized by a distinctive, energetic guitar riff, considered iconic in rock and roll music.
It reached No. 8 on UK singles chart and a modest No. 93 in the United States, marking it as The Who's first hit in their homeland.
Despite its initial modest chart performance, "I Can't Explain" has attained classic status, frequently appearing in The Who's concert setlist and various compilation albums.
The song has been covered by many other artists, including David Bowie.
The Who's performance of "I Can't Explain" was also featured on the iconic television show 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in 1967.
"I Can't Explain" has been cited as a seminal influence by numerous later bands, including punk and heavy metal bands, proving The Who's wide musical impact.

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