Baba O'Riley
The Who Lyrics


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Out here in the fields
I fight for my meals
I get my back into my living
I don't need to fight
To prove I'm right
I don't need to be forgiven
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Don't cry
Don't raise your eye
It's only teenage wasteland

Sally, take my hand
We'll travel south 'cross land
Put out the fire and don't look past my shoulder
The exodus is here
The happy ones are near
Let's get together before we get much older

Teenage wasteland
It's only teenage wasteland
Teenage wasteland, oh, yeah




Teenage wasteland
They're all wasted

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to The Who's song Baba O'Riley depict a young person's struggle to find their place in the world. The first verse speaks to the idea of working hard to survive and make a living, but without needing to resort to violence or proving oneself to others. The line "I get my back into my living" suggests that the singer is physically exerting themselves to survive. The song then shifts to a chorus of "It's only teenage wasteland," which may be interpreted as a commentary on the societal perception of youth as being directionless and unproductive.


In the second verse, the singer calls out to Sally, presumably a friend or love interest, to join them on a journey to the south. The line "Put out the fire and don't look past my shoulder" suggests a desire to leave behind old troubles and start anew. The use of the word "exodus" invokes images of a mass migration, which could represent a desire for change on a larger societal level. The idea of getting together before one is "much older" implies a sense of urgency to experience life before it's too late.


Overall, Baba O'Riley may be interpreted as a commentary on the struggles and desires of young people to find purpose and meaning in their lives, and to make an impact on the world despite the feeling of being dismissed as "teenage wasteland."


Line by Line Meaning

Out here in the fields
In this open space, where anything can happen


I fight for my meals
I work hard for food to survive


I get my back into my living
I put my all into what I do


I don't need to fight
I don't need to enter battles


To prove I'm right
To show everyone else that I am correct


I don't need to be forgiven
I don't need to beg for someone's mercy


Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
An expression of excitement and acknowledgement


Don't cry
Do not weep


Don't raise your eye
Don't look up or pay attention


It's only teenage wasteland
This is only juvenile chaos


Sally, take my hand
Partner, let us unite


We'll travel south 'cross land
We'll journey through landscapes towards our destination


Put out the fire and don't look past my shoulder
Extinguish the flames and move forward


The exodus is here
A mass departure is taking place


The happy ones are near
The ones filled with joy are coming closer


Let's get together before we get much older
Let's congregate and make the best of our youth


Teenage wasteland
A place filled with childish behavior


It's only teenage wasteland
This is only a place for young and reckless ones


Teenage wasteland, oh, yeah
A definitive statement that this is truly a teenage domain


Teenage wasteland
An area where everyone is foolish and unproductive


They're all wasted
They are all wasted on youth and frivolity




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend

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@leokimvideo

Never knew they had 4K in the 70's. The who must have time travelled to get good camera tech

@alfyc6970

leokimvideo Never knew you were a Who fan. Been watching you for years mate!

@baileycownley1868

They must have shot this directly to film. That way it can be upscaled perfectly.

@markgilbertson1564

Pure class. Would love to have seen this line up in concert.

@johnclay3773

It was shot to film in a theater-style room at Shepperton Studios - done for the documentary The Kids Are Alright. Looked great on the big screen when I first saw the film in 1979; the remaster looks better.

@nashaeligodinez827

When something is shot on film but on good film with a great fine grain it can be scanned and digitalized with a higher quality and detail which is easily transferable to 4K

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@markastoforoff7838

I love that no matter how much energetic frenzy was going on around him Entwistle just did his own thing and was chill.

@jorgetapia4810

He should be on the short list of great bass players. His tone and demeanor are magnificent.

@MesaperProductions

Well, that... that's Entwistle.

That man lived his life *right*.

@tenks7341

​@Jorge Tapia he the top of the list 👊🙏

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