Me and my brother were talking to each other 'Bout what makes a man a man Was it brain or brawn, or the month you were born We just couldn't understand Our old man didn't like our appearance He said that only women wear long hair So me and my brother borrowed money from Mother We knew what we had to do We went downstairs, past the barber and gymnasium And got our arms tattooed Welcome to my life, tattoo I'm a man now, thanks to you I expect I'll regret you but the skin graft man won't get you You'll be there when I die Tattoo My dad beat me 'cause mine said "Mother" But my mother naturally liked it and beat my brother 'Cause his tattoo was of a lady in the nude And my mother thought that was extremely rude Welcome to my life, tattoo We've a long time together, me and you I expect I'll regret you but the skin graft man won't get you You'll be there when I die Tattoo Now I'm older, I'm tattooed all over My wife is tattooed too A rooty-toot-toot, rooty-tooty-toot-toot Rooty-toot-toot tattoo too To you Radio London reminds you, go to the church of your choice!
Written by: PETER DENNIS BLANDFOR TOWNSHEND
Lyrics © Spirit Music Group, Abkco Music Inc.
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10 facts about this song
"Tattoo" is originally a song by the British rock band, The Who, released in 1967. Petra Haden rendered a unique a cappella version of the song, which was released in 2005.
Petra Haden's Interpretation
Petra Haden's version of "Tattoo" is entirely acapella. She reproduces all instruments and vocals using only her own voice and a recording machine.
"Tattoo" is the second track on Petra Haden's album 'Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out'.
Petra Haden's album where this song is featured is noteworthy because it is a complete, song-by-song recreation of The Who's 1967 album, 'The Who Sell Out'.
Critics lauded Haden's version for its experimental approach and her amazing vocal range and abilities.
The Original Composition
The original version of "Tattoo" by The Who is a poignant song about adolescence and coming of age.
For Haden's album, the artwork imitates the original album cover of 'The Who Sell Out,' where it replaces photographs of band members with her own.
Petra Haden is an accomplished violinist and singer, known for her work with numerous bands like The Decemberists, and her impressive solo projects.
The Who's Influence
The Who is considered one of rock's most influential bands. Thier original version of "Tattoo" has inspired countless artists, including Petra Haden, to make their own takes on the song.
Haden is known for her unique music styling where she uses her voice to replicate musical instruments, as seen in her version of "Tattoo".
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