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Won't Get Fooled Again
The Who Lyrics


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We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again

A change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again, no, no

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half-alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do you?

Yeah

There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are effaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again, no, no

Yeah
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Overall Meaning

The song "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about the cyclical nature of revolutions and change. The opening stanza talks about the breaking down of society, with lines like "We'll be fighting in the streets with our children at our feet" and "the morals that they worship will be gone." The second stanza talks about the hope that comes with change and revolution, with lines like "I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution, take a bow for the new revolution." However, the final stanza acknowledges that despite these changes, things stay the same, with lines like "there's nothing in the street looks any different to me."


The song warns against blindly following those who claim to have the answers as they will end up being the same as those who came before them. The line of "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss" refers to the idea that those who rise to power in the wake of a revolution often turn out to be no different from the previous regime.


Overall, "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a cautionary tale about getting caught up in the fervor of change without considering what actually needs to be done to make lasting change.


Line by Line Meaning

We'll be fighting in the streets
Violent confrontations will occur, and we will take our children with us.


With our children at our feet
We will bring our children alongside us as we take to the streets to protest.


And the morals that they worship will be gone
The moral values that are held in high esteem will no longer be present in our society.


And the men who spurred us on
Those who instigated us to take action will turn against us.


Sit in judgement of all wrong
They will sit in positions of power, judging and dictating what is considered right and wrong.


They decide and the shotgun sings the song
The people in power will use violent measures to enforce their decisions and maintain control.


I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Acknowledging and showing respect to the new rules that have been established.


Take a bow for the new revolution
Expressing pride and admiration for the new changes that have been brought about in society.


Smile and grin at the change all around
Positively embracing the alterations that have occurred in society.


Pick up my guitar and play
Resuming an activity that used to bring joy and comfort.


Just like yesterday
As similar to the past, when everything was fine and there were no problems.


Then I'll get on my knees and pray
Submitting oneself to higher power through prayer.


We don't get fooled again
Not falling for the same tricks as before.


A change, it had to come
The change was inevitable and had to happen.


We knew it all along
We had a feeling that this change would happen someday.


We were liberated from the fold, that's all
We have been set free from the old ways of life.


And the world looks just the same
Despite the changes, not much else has altered much.


And history ain’t changed
The past is still the past, and the previous events which occurred still hold true.


'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war
the efforts of the last war and the subsequent victory are celebrated with banners held high.


I’ll move myself and my family aside
I will put my personal and family’s needs above everything else.


If we happen to be left half-alive
In case we're lucky to have survived whatever conflict that may arise.


I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Gather all my documentation and hope for the best.


For I know that the hypnotized never lie
Those that have been manipulated or brainwashed will never speak the truth.


Do you?
Do you agree with my understanding of how things might play out?


There's nothing in the street
The situation outside hasn't changed much.


Looks any different to me
I don't notice any significant changes.


And the slogans are effaced, by-the-bye
The slogans and catchphrases that were once popular have since lost their significance.


And the parting on the left
The members of the leftist political movement have parted ways with you.


Is now parting on the right
You are now parting ways with the rightist political movement.


And the beards have all grown longer overnight
Everybody is growing their hair out, and it doesn't matter which side of the political divide they are on.


Meet the new boss
Introducing the new person in leadership.


Same as the old boss
They are no different than the previous individual in power, and everything's just as unsteady as before.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Peter Townshend

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@filrabat

@@CoolF41lur3 I don't know what thanos would say, but as for what I would say -- 1968 and 2020. Since 2000: it's this.
Vietman / Iraq & Afghanistan
Blacks marching for voting rights / Blacks fighting police brutality
Crooked Politicians in the WH / Crooked Politicians in the WH
Cold War / War on Terror
"Nasty Hippies and Femininists" / "Nasty SJWs Hipsters BLMs and #MeToo"
White Supremacists committing violence / White supremacists committing violence
Paranoia about liberals taking away our freedoms / Paranoia about liberals taking away our freedoms.

Yep. History does repeat itself like bad fashion trends. A slight variation on the original, but fundamentally the same.



@caterinanikols5609

Poetic! unfading,
transcendent!! (Lyrics )
We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
A change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war
I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again, no, no
I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half-alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do you?
Yeah
There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are effaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight
I'll tip my hat to the new Constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again, no, no
Yeah
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss



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Nearly 50 years after it was written, we still getting fooled.

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