Pinball wizard
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Ever since I was a young boy
I've played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all
I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He stands like a statue
Becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean
He plays by intuition
The digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He's a pinball wizard
There has to be a twist
A pinball wizard's
Got such a supple wrist

How do you think he does it?
I don't know!
What makes him so good?

Ain't got no distractions
Can't hear no buzzers and bells
Don't see no lights a-flashin'
Plays by sense of smell
Always gets a replay
Never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

I thought I was
The Bally table king
But I just handed
My pinball crown to him

Even on my favorite table
He can beat my best
His disciples lead him in
And he just does the rest
He's got crazy flipper fingers
Never seen him fall




That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

Overall Meaning

The song "Pinball Wizard" by The Who tells the story of a deaf, dumb and blind kid who has become an expert at playing pinball. The singer, who admits to being a good pinball player himself, marvels at the skill of this other player, who has never been beaten. The chorus repeats the phrase "sure plays a mean pinball," emphasizing the incredible ability of the singer.


The lyrics describe the kid's abilities in detail, stating that he stands like a statue, feeling all the bumpers and playing by intuition. His sense of smell and tactile sense are so developed that he can play without any distractions – no buzzer, bells, or lights are necessary. The kid is so good that he has disciples who lead him to different pinball machines.


The song has been interpreted in many ways, with some seeing it as a metaphor for a spiritual journey or as a commentary on the cult of celebrity. However, it's likely that the song is simply meant to be a fun tribute to pinball and the skill required to play it well.


Line by Line Meaning

Ever since I was a young boy
From a young age, the singer has been playing pinball


I've played the silver ball
The singer has played pinball extensively


From Soho down to Brighton
The singer has played pinball in many different locations


I must have played them all
The artist has played a lot of pinball machines


I ain't seen nothing like him
The artist is impressed by the pinball skills of the person they are describing


In any amusement hall
The person with impressive pinball skills is likely to stand out in any arcade or similar venue


That deaf, dumb and blind kid
The person with impressive pinball skills is physically impaired


Sure plays a mean pinball
Despite physical impairments, the person described is an excellent pinball player


He stands like a statue
The person described is very focused and still when playing pinball


Becomes part of the machine
The person playing pinball is so focused that they become one with the machine


Feeling all the bumpers
The person playing pinball is very aware of the different obstacles on the machine


Always playing clean
The person playing pinball never tilts the machine or cheats in any way


He plays by intuition
The person playing pinball relies on instinct rather than strategy or rules


The digit counters fall
The person playing pinball is very good at racking up points


He's a pinball wizard
The person described is extremely talented at playing pinball


There has to be a twist
The artist is amazed at the pinball player's skill and wonders what the secret is


A pinball wizard's
The artist is continuing to describe the impressive pinball player


Got such a supple wrist
The pinball player is very dexterous and has good hand-eye coordination


How do you think he does it?
The singer is asking how the pinball player is so skilled


I don't know!
The artist is unsure about how the pinball player is so good


What makes him so good?
The artist is again questioning what makes the pinball player so talented


Ain't got no distractions
The pinball player is very focused and not easily distracted


Can't hear no buzzers and bells
The pinball player is not distracted by the usual noises of the arcade


Don't see no lights a-flashin'
The pinball player is not distracted by the flashing lights of the pinball machine


Plays by sense of smell
The singer is exaggerating, suggesting that the pinball player is so focused that they don't use their eyes or ears to play


Always gets a replay
The pinball player is so skilled that they often get extra games as a reward


Never seen him fall
The pinball player is so good that they never lose or miss a shot


I thought I was
The artist is describing their own abilities and experience with pinball


The Bally table king
The artist thought they were very good at playing pinball, especially on Bally machines


But I just handed
The singer has been beaten by the pinball player they are describing


My pinball crown to him
The pinball player is now considered the best player, taking the metaphorical crown from the singer


Even on my favorite table
The artist thought they were especially good at playing pinball on a particular machine


He can beat my best
The pinball player is so skilled that they can beat the artist's best efforts


His disciples lead him in
The pinball player has a group of friends or fans who support him


And he just does the rest
The pinball player is so talented that he doesn't need any help or coaching from his friends/fans


He's got crazy flipper fingers
The pinball player is very quick and skilled at using the flippers to control the ball




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@whatdoesthisthingdo

I love this song. It’s the perfect combination of funny and badass.

Makes me think of people who are just freakishly good at the strangest things for seemingly no reason.

I.E: Jimi on guitar, Freddy killing those high notes with supposedly no training, Bach creating incomprehensible symphonies on the spot and then playing them backwards or some crazy shit.

Idk. It’s amazing, but somehow also hilarious. Like normal people don’t even try to comprehend it; we’re just like, yup, he’s a freak. Not even science can explain this. Moving on.

Sometimes I wonder if there’s something out there that I’m freakishly good at but I just haven’t discovered it yet, you know? Eh. Then I come back down to earth. XD



@wiktorkrulik9706

Ever since I was a young boy
I've played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all
But I ain't seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He stands like a statue
Becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean
He plays by intuition
The digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

He's a pinball wizard
There's has to be a twist
A pinball wizard
He's got such a supple wrist

How do you think he does it?
(I don't know)
What makes him so good?

He ain't got no distractions
Can't hear those buzzers and bells
Don't see lights a flashin'
Plays by sense of smell
Always gets a replay
Never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

I thought I was
The Bally table king
But I just handed
My pinball crown to him

Even on my usual table
He can beat my best
His disciples lead him in
And he just does the rest
He's got crazy flipper fingers
Never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball



All comments from YouTube:

@bigwingedkuriboh

I don’t know why but this feels like there could be a whole episode of regular show centered around this

@christianreynolds7856

Underrated comment of the century

@robertboyce1236

@@christianreynolds7856 you think!

@kaelbryant7660

Your comment is only for the elite to understand

@Grillenheimer

Uh.... there was a movie.

@kaelbryant7660

@@Grillenheimer you missed the joke

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@bron-yr-aur7990

That legendary guitar riff, the magical vocals....
Truly an unforgettable hit.

@thebagelbird4331

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