Pete Townshend

About Christmas

"Christmas" is a song written by Pete Townshend and is the seventh song on The Who's rock opera Tommy. On the original LP, it opens the second side of the album.


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Did you ever see the faces of children
They get so excited.
Waking up on Christmas morning
Hours before the winter sun's ignited.
They believe in dreams and all they mean
Including heavens generosity.
Peeping round the door
to see what parcels are for free
In curiosity.

And Tommy doesn't know what day it is.
He doesn't know who Jesus was or what praying is.
How can he be saved?
From the eternal grave.

Surrounded by his friends he sits so silently,
And unaware of anything.
Playing proxy pin ball
picks his nose and smiles and
Pokes his tongue at everything.
I believe in love
but how can men who've never seen
Light be enlightened.
Only if he's cured
will his spirits future level ever heighten.

And Tommy doesn't know what day it is.
Doesn't know who Jesus was or what praying is.
How can he be saved?
From the eternal grave

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Pete Townshend

Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than 40 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s, and, according to Eddie Vedder, "possibly the greatest live band ever." more »

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10 facts about this song

Artist Information
Pete Townshend is the principal songwriter for rock band, The Who, and wrote the song "Christmas."
"Christmas" was released on 23 December 1969 as part of “Tommy”, the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who.
The song "Christmas" by Pete Townshend falls under the genre of Rock Opera.
Song Composition
"Christmas" is a song written by Pete Townsend and tells the narrative of Tommy, a deaf, dumb, and blind boy who overcomes obstacles and becomes a spiritual leader.
Album Success
"Tommy," the album featuring "Christmas," is considered one of the greatest albums of all time and has been certified 2x Platinum in the UK and 5x Platinum in the US.
Song Review
"Christmas" is celebrated for its haunting lyrics and remarkable guitar work. It challenges listeners with its unusual theme for a Christmas song.
Album Significance
"Tommy" marked a significant creative turning point for The Who. It was the first musical work billed as a rock opera and it paved the way for a whole new genre of music.
Critical Reception
“Christmas” was critically acclaimed for its ability to carry the narrative of the album forward while being a memorable and stand-alone song in its own right.
Live Performances
The Who often performed “Christmas” in live renditions of the “Tommy” album, bringing to life the vivid narrative of the song on stage.
Cultural Impact
Recalling intense themes rather than cheerful holiday imagery, "Christmas" stands out in the genre of Christmas songs and continues to be appreciated by fans of rock and music enthusiasts.

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