About The Song

“Baba O’Riley” is a song performed by The Who, the iconic British rock band. It was written by the band’s guitarist and main songwriter, Pete Townshend, and was released in 1971 as the opening track of their album “Who’s Next.”

The song’s title is a combination of two influences: Meher Baba, an Indian spiritual master whom Townshend followed, and Terry Riley, an American minimalist composer whose work inspired the synthesizer-driven sections of the song.

The lyrics of “Baba O’Riley” explore themes of teenage rebellion, isolation, and the search for identity. The song’s famous refrain, “Teenage wasteland,” has become an anthem for youth culture and the struggles of adolescence.

“Baba O’Riley” is characterized by its distinctive synthesizer riff, powerful drumming by Keith Moon, and Roger Daltrey’s dynamic vocals. It has become one of The Who’s most famous and enduring songs, often performed live and featured in numerous movies, TV shows, and commercials.

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The song’s energy, innovative use of synthesizers, and thought-provoking lyrics have solidified its place as a classic of rock music and a defining moment in The Who’s illustrious career.


“Baba O’Riley”

🎵 Let’s sing along with the lyrics! 🎤

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, yeahDon’t cry, don’t raise your eye
It’s only teenage wastelandSally, 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

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