Slip Kid

The Who

About Slip Kid

"Slip Kid" is a song from The Who's seventh album, The Who by Numbers. Written originally for Pete Townshend's shelved Lifehouse rock opera, "Slip Kid" was revived in 1975. The song was originally written as a warning about the music business, though Townshend has pointed out the song's relevance in different contexts. The song was released as a single in the US, backed by "Dreaming from the Waist", but failed to chart."Slip Kid" has since seen praise from critics, appearing on lists of the best Who songs and often being described as underrated. It has appeared on multiple compilation albums since its release and has been performed live intermittently throughout the Who's touring career, including an unrehearsed performance in 2016. 


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2012
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 I've got my clipboard, text books
 Lead me to the station
 Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
 I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
 I'm runnin' in the rain
 Gonna run till my feet are raw

 Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
 And I'm a soldier at thirteen
 Slip kid, slip kid, realization
 There's no easy way to be free
 No easy way to be free

 It's a hard, hard world

 I left my doctor's prescription bungalow behind me
 I left the door ajar
 I left my vacuum flask
 Full of hot tea and sugar
 Left the keys right in my car

 Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
 Only half way up the tree
 Slip kid, slip kid, I'm a relation
 I'm a soldier at sixty-three
 No easy way to be free

 Slip kid, slip kid

 Keep away old man, you won't fool me
 You and your history won't rule me
 You might have been a fighter, but admit you failed
 I'm not affected by your blackmail
 You won't blackmail me

 I've got my clipboard, text books
 Lead me to the station
 Yeah, I'm off to the civil war
 I've got my kit bag, my heavy boots
 I'm runnin' in the rain
 Gonna run till my feet are raw

 Slip kid, slip kid, slip out of trouble
 Slip over here and set me free
 Slip kid, slip kid, second generation
 You're slidin' down the hill like me
 No easy way to be free
 No easy way to be free
 No easy way to be free

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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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Written by: PETE TOWNSHEND

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10 facts about this song

Album Appearance
"Slip Kid" is a song by the British rock band The Who and appears on their seventh studio album 'The Who by Numbers' which was released in 1975.
Songwriter
The song was written by lead vocalist Roger Daltrey and is unique in the sense that he rarely is the chief songwriter for The Who's songs.
Message
"Slip Kid" is perceived as Pete Townshend's lament to the fallout and aftermath of the failed Lifehouse project. Lifehouse was meant to be a multi-media project that collapsed due to various issues.
TV Show Appearance
"Slip Kid" was featured in an episode of the television show 'Sons of Anarchy' in 2010, introducing the song to a new generation of listeners.
Creative Process
The song is unique musically as it starts with congas before entering a complete rock track with a saxophone solo at the end. This structure is something that was rare in The Who's music till then.
Critical Reception
Despite the lack of commercial success (it didn't chart in the UK or USA), the song "Slip Kid" has been hailed by many critics for its experimental layering of sound and unique narrative.
Short Runtime
Unlike other songs from 'The Who by Numbers', "Slip Kid" has a relatively short runtime. It clocks in at just over 4 minutes.
Live Performances
"Slip Kid" has a surprisingly small record of live performances and hasn't been played live by The Who since 1976.
Project Disappointment
The song is believed to reflect Pete Townshend's disappointment and disillusionment with the music industry, following the collapse of his ambitious Lifehouse project.
Cover Versions
Varieties of artists, including Pearl Jam, have covered "Slip Kid", showcasing its enduring impact and influence in rock music.

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