I Can't Explain
Who Lyrics


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Got a feeling inside (Can't explain)
It's a certain kind (Can't explain)
I feel hot and cold (Can't explain)
Yeah, down in my soul, yeah (Can't explain)

I said (Can't explain)
I'm feeling good now, yeah, but (Can't explain)
Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling blue
The things you've said, well, maybe they're true
I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
I know what it means, but

Can't explain
I think it's love
Try to say it to you
When I feel blue

But I can't explain (Can't explain)
Yeah, hear what I'm saying, girl (Can't explain)

Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling bad
The things you've said have got me real mad
I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
I know what it means but

Can't explain
I think it's love
Try to say it to you
When I feel blue

But I can't explain (Can't explain)
Forgive me one more time, now (Can't explain)

I said I can't explain, yeah
You drive me out of my mind




Yeah, I'm the worrying kind, babe
I said I can't explain

Overall Meaning

The song "I Can't Explain" by The Who is a classic hit that tells the story of a person who is struggling to understand their emotions towards someone they have feelings for. The lyrics describe a feeling that cannot be put into words, using phrases such as "Can't explain" and "I think it's love." The singer expresses feeling both hot and cold, dizzy, and having funny dreams repeatedly. The chorus repeats the phrase "But I can't explain," emphasizing the frustration and inability to understand what they are feeling. The song's guitar riff and upbeat tempo add to its energetic and emotional nature.


Overall, the song captures the universal feeling of being unable to articulate complex emotions in relationships. However, beyond the lyrics, the song holds a special place in music history. "I Can't Explain" was The Who's first single, released in 1965, and it quickly became a hit that introduced the band to a broader audience. The song was written by Pete Townshend, who later became the primary songwriter for the band. "I Can't Explain" is considered by many to be a classic example of the British Invasion sound, with its catchy guitar riff and upbeat tempo.


Interestingly, the song had a rocky start when it was first recorded. The band had difficulty getting the sound they wanted in the studio, and the version they eventually released was the result of several different takes stitched together. Despite this, the song's popularity allowed The Who to gain a foothold in the music industry and paved the way for future hits like "My Generation" and "Pinball Wizard." Today, "I Can't Explain" remains an iconic song that has stood the test of time, with many covers and adaptations over the years.


Line by Line Meaning

Got a feeling inside (Can't explain)
I have a strong emotion that I can't put into words.


It's a certain kind (Can't explain)
This feeling is unique and specific.


I feel hot and cold (Can't explain)
This feeling is intense and fluctuating.


Yeah, down in my soul, yeah (Can't explain)
This feeling comes from deep within me and affects me on a spiritual level.


I said (Can't explain)
I've mentioned this feeling before, but it's hard to describe.


I'm feeling good now, yeah, but (Can't explain)
Despite feeling positive, I still can't find the words to express this feeling.


Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling blue
I'm feeling disoriented and sad.


The things you've said, well, maybe they're true
Your words may have some validity, but they're making me feel uneasy.


I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
I keep having strange dreams that relate to this feeling.


I know what it means, but
I have an understanding of how this feeling relates to my dreams, but I still can't articulate it.


But I can't explain (Can't explain)
I still can't put into words what this feeling is or how it relates to my dreams.


Yeah, hear what I'm saying, girl (Can't explain)
I'm trying to communicate this feeling to you, but I'm struggling to do so.


Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling bad
This feeling is making me feel unwell and unhappy.


The things you've said have got me real mad
Your words have angered me and made me feel worse.


Forgive me one more time, now (Can't explain)
I'm asking for forgiveness for my inability to express this feeling, despite my efforts.


You drive me out of my mind
You have a strong impact on me, specifically relating to this feeling.


Yeah, I'm the worrying kind, babe
I tend to worry and stress about things, especially this feeling.


I said I can't explain
I still can't find the words to describe this feeling or what it means.




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@pinkfloydandsydbarretttour5569

I know exactly where I was on Friday, 29th January 1965. I was watching the TV show Ready Steady Go! I was sitting in an armchair in my parent's lounge about eight feet from the TV screen. Cathy McGowan introduced a new group called The Who. When the TV cameraman did a close-up of Pete Townsend hitting the first chord of 'I Can't Explain' with his windmill arm, within half a second I was six inches from the TV and stayed glued to the spot for the next two and a half minutes. That was my first taste of The Who and they remain my favourite band to this day.

@stonecoggins107

Gotta love John Entwistle knocking out these ridiculous bass riffs with no emotion on his face

@iloveMRKO

Stone Coggins
No matter how he looks, he can’t stop this song from having exciting energy

@billrana2373

Because he was best bassist ever ...effortless

@joefriedman9843

@@billrana2373 Him and Moon is the best bass drummer duo ever

@returnofthebrotha

@@billrana2373 Nah.

@James-ch7uy

He was a badass

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@donkeeton7897

These guys literally formed a band as teenagers and spent most of their lives together.

@hugejohnson5011

Ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies. Yes, and even later in life, when "The Ox" was putting touring bands together, and spending more to play than they took in, the other two would try to help him out. Friends until the end. I will cry when the next one goes, if I'm even still here!
I won't be sad for whichever one of them goes, but my heart will ache for the one left behind.

@jonathanhadley2555

Pete Meaden R.I.P

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