Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Who - Baba O'Riley

"Baba O'Riley" is a song by the English rock band The Who, written by vocalist/guitarist/pianist Pete Townshend. The other band's vocalist, Roger Daltrey sings most of the song, with Pete Townshend singing the middle eight: "Don't cry/don't raise your eye/it's only teenage wasteland". The title of the song is derived from this combination of the song's philosophical and musical influences: Meher Baba (an Indian mystic and spiritual master) and Terry Riley (American composer).

The violin solo in the coda of the song is based on Indian classical music as homage to Meher Baba, who inspired this song.

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