pete townshend – my generation

Driving through central London the Queen Mum I offended
Old and gray you can’t understand what I say, you just don’t get it – Ryan Cox

“Pete Townshend” A Circus Mind

These next lines make reference to The Who’s song “My Generation.” Townshend reportedly wrote the song on a train and is said to have been inspired by the Queen Mother who is alleged to have had Townshend’s 1935 Packard hearse towed off a street in Belgravia because she was offended by the sight of it during her daily drive through the neighbourhood. Townshend has also credited Mose Allison’s “Young Man Blues” as the inspiration for the song, saying “Without Mose I wouldn’t have written ‘My Generation’.” Townshend told the Rolling Stone magazine in 1985 that “‘My Generation’ was very much about trying to find a place in society”.



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