This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs involving Musical | Opera for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.
Today I’m choosing a song by the English rock band, The Who. It is on the sixth studio album and their second rock opera, Quadrophenia. It is my favorite rock song from the 1970’s, right next to Pinball Wizard which was on The Who’s first rock opera, “Tommy” in 1969. Today’s song is “Love, Reign O’er Me” (Peter’s Theme). At the time this album came out, the band members were:
John Entwistle - Bass guitar, French horn, vocals Roger Daltrey - Lead Vocals Keith Moon - Drums, percussion, vocals Pete Townshend - Guitars, keyboards, banjo, cello, vocals, sound effects
The Who began work on this album in 1972, trying to follow up with “Tommy”, their first rock opera. There was a delay in getting this album finished while bassist John Entwistle and lead singer Roger Daltrey recorded solo albums and drummer Keith Moon worked on films. When they resumed, a new studio was not complete and the band had to use Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio, an Airstream trailer. This studio worked great for Townsend’s multi-track synthesizers and sound effects. In addition, it worked well with Entwistle’s horns. During the production of this album, the relationship between the band members and their manager Kit Lambert broke down and Lambert left the band by the time the album was released.
The difference in the maturity in Roger Daltrey’s voice over the years is absolutely amazing to me. I love the deepness to his voice today. He can still belt it out!
Only love Can make it rain The way the beach is kissed by the sea Only love Can make it rain Like the sweat of lovers' Laying in the fields Love, reign o'er me Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, rain on me Only love Can bring the rain That makes you yearn to the sky Only love Can bring the rain That falls like tears from on high Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, rain on me Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, rain on me On the dry and dusty road The nights we spend apart alone I need to get back home to cool, cool rain I can't sleep and I lay and I think The night is hot and black as ink Oh God, I need a drink of cool, cool rain Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, on me, on me, oh Love, reign o'er me, whoa, on me Love Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Pete Townshend Love, Reign o'er Me lyrics © Spirit Music Group, BMG Rights Management
[It] refers to Meher Baba‘s one time comment that rain was a blessing from God; that thunder was God’s Voice. It’s another plea to drown, only this time in the rain. Jimmy goes through a suicide crisis. He surrenders to the inevitable, and you know, you know, when it’s over and he goes back to town he’ll be going through the same shit, being in the same terrible family situation and so on, but he’s moved up a level. He’s weak still, but there’s a strength in that weakness. He’s in danger of maturing.