Go to the Mirror

The Who

About Go to the Mirror

"Go to the Mirror!" is a song written by Pete Townshend of the Who. It appears as the fifteenth track on the group's first rock opera, Tommy (1969). "Go to the Mirror!" is included on the list of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.


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He seems to be completely unreceptive.
The tests I gave him show no sense at all.
His eyes react to light the dials detect it.
He hears but cannot answer to your call.

See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.
See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.

There is no chance no untried operation.
All hope lies with him and none with me.
Imagine though the shock from isolation.
When he suddenly can hear and speak and see.

See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.
See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.

His eyes can see
His ears can hear his lips speak
All the time the needles flick and rock.
No machine can give the kind of stimulation,
Needed to remove his inner block.

Go to the mirror boy!
Go to the mirror boy!

I often wonder what he's feeling.
Has he ever heard a word I've said?
Look at him now in the mirror dreaming
What is happening in his head?

Listening to you I get the music.
Gazing at you I get the heat
Following you I climb the mountain
I get excitement at your feet!

Right behind you I see the millions
On you I see the glory.
From you I get the opinions
From you I get the story.

What is happening in his head
Ooooh I wish I knew, I wish I knew

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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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12 facts about this song

Album Appearance
"Go to the Mirror" appears on The Who's rock opera album 'Tommy,' released in 1969.
Concept Album
It was part of a comprehensive narrative in The Who's concept-driven album. This song explores the story of a deaf, mute, and blind boy named Tommy, and his journey of life.
Stylistic Elements
The style and lyrics of "Go to the Mirror" embody the signature blend of hard rock and operatic drama that the Who are known for.
Bridging Song
"Go to the Mirror" acts as a bridge in the narrative of Tommy, marking a significant realization and turning point in the main character's journey.
Key Musician
Pete Townshend, the primary songwriter and guitarist for The Who, wrote this song.
Lengthy Song
It’s not a short, radio-friendly pop song. In its original album version, "Go to the Mirror" lasts for about 3 minutes and 50 seconds.
The song is a collaboration between The Who and the album's producer, Kit Lambert.
Lyric Theme
The song's lyrics represent Tommy's self-realization in the story, as he confronts his reflection in the mirror and gains self-awareness.
Critical Reception
"Go to the Mirror" has been cited by critics as one of the highlights of 'Tommy,' particularly due to its poignant lyrics and dynamic, bombastic style.
Related Tracks
"Go to the Mirror" directly follows the song "Smash the Mirror" on the album, both tracks play significant roles in advancing Tommy's character development.
Live Performances
The Who often performed "Go to the Mirror" live as part of their complete performances of 'Tommy' during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"Go to the Mirror" has been covered by various artists over the years, proving its lasting impact in the music world.

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