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Slit Skirts Lyrics

Artist: Pete Townshend
Album: All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

I was just thirty-four years old and I was still wandering in a haze
I was wondering why everyone I met seemed like they were
Lost in a maze

I don't know why I thought I should have some kind of
Divine right to the blues
It's sympathy not tears people need when they're the
Front page sad news.

The incense burned away and the stench began to rise
And lovers now estranged avoided catching each others' eyes

And girls who lost their children cursed the men who fit the coil
And men not fit for marriage took their refuge in the oil
No one respects the flame quite like the fool who's badly burned
From all this you'd imagine that there must be something learned

Slit skirts, Jeanie never wears those slit skirts
I don't ever wear no ripped shirts
Can't pretend that growing older never hurts.

Knee pants, Jeanie never wears no knee pants
Have to be so drunk to try a new dance
So afraid of every new romance

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Romance, romance, why aren't we thinking up romance?
Why can't we drink it up true heart romance
Just need a brief new romance

Let me tell you some more about myself, you know I'm sitting at home just now.
The big events of the day are passed and the late TV shows have come around.
I'm number one in the home team, but I still feel unfulfilled.
A silent voice in her broken heart complaining that I'm unskilled.

And I know that when she thinks of me, she thinks of me as him,
But, unlike me, she don't work off her frustration in the gym.

Recriminations fester and the past can never change
A woman's expectations run from both ends of the range

Once she walked with untamed lovers' face between her legs
Now he's cooled and stifled and it's she who has to beg

Slit skirts, Jeanie never wears those slit skirts
And I don't ever wear no ripped shirts
Can't pretend that growing older never hurts

Knee pants, Jeanie never wears no knee pants
We have to be so drunk to try a new dance
So afraid of every new romance

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Slit skirts, slit skirt
Jeanie isn't wearing those slit skirts, slit skirt
She wouldn't dare in those slit skirts, slit skirt
Wouldn't be seen dead in no slit skirt

Romance, romance, why aren't we thinking up romance?
Why can't we drink it up true heart romance
Just need a brief new romance
Comments/Interpretations
by burno on 7/19/2008 4:35am
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by Jeff on 4/1/2011 1:38pm
That's called songwriting.
by Paul on 5/12/2011 2:16pm
What a song. Thanks for this.
by Greg on 6/25/2011 3:50pm
Funny... I didn't get this song when I was 25.

At 38, it makes total sense.

by tp on 2/16/2012 9:48pm
its almost become hack to wax poetic on how they dont make music like "this" anymore.....but i happened to stumble across the grammys on tv the other night; and i can ASSURE you....THEY DONT MAKE MUSIC LIKE THIS ANYMORE.
by Laura litt on 7/23/2012 1:43am
I loved the who when I was in fifth grade, when this song came out I was so disappointed thinking the who went commercial. I lost respect for them. Just recently I dated a 34 year old boy. I'm 40. It is amazing how much depth you gain as you get older because I have to say I had no idea... No idea how amazing this song truly is. It is exactly what I needed to hear to understand why my relationship with this 34 year old (with a divine right to the blues..) will never work. It's a phase every, especially the alcoholics and drug users, has to go through before they EVER grow up and understand what life is really about. What amazing song. Pete Townsend is the Aristotle of music. I Love this song now. It's heartbreaking, painful, beautiful and a life experience all in one.


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