Dreaming From The Waist (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (adm. by Longitude Music Co.) - BMI

Aside from 'Squeeze Box,' 'Dreaming From The Waist' was the only track from The Who By Numbers to be played regularly on stage, where it gained eminence as a vehicle for John's extraordinary bass playing. Originally titled 'Control Myself,' and recorded in May.

[played live through the 1975-1976 tours, then revived for the 1979-1981 tours.]


This live version also appears on the boxset 30 Years of Maximum R&B [edited to 4'08. Since the song wasn't a hit, it was barely tolerated by the huge stadium audiences The Who played to during these tours. Now, many Who fans consider it one of their best live songs. Another live version can be found on the 30 Years of Maximum R&B video (1975). In addition to the three Swansea tracks here, a live version of "My Wife" from this show also appears on the boxset].

I feel like I want to break out of the house
My heart is a-pumping, I've got sand in my mouth
I feel like I'm heading up to a cardiac arrest
I want to scream in the night, I want a manifest

I've got that wide awake, give-and-take, five o'clock-in-the-morning feeling
I've got the hots for the sluts in the well thumbed pages of a magazine
I want to drive, want to fly like I do in the dreams I've never really been in
I want to hump, want to jump, want to heat up, cool down in a dream machine

I'm dreaming ... from the waist on down
I'm dreaming ... but I feel tired and bound
I'm dreaming ... of a day when a cold shower helps my health
I'm dreaming ... dreaming - of the day I can control myself
Day I can control myself

Sound like a priest and then I'm shooting dice
I'm burning tires with some guy whose hair is turning white
I know the girls that I pass, they just ain't impressed
I'm too old to give up, but too young to rest

I've got that numb-to-a-thumb over-dubbed
Feeling social when the world is sleeping
The plot starts to thicken then I sicken and I feel I'm cemented down
I'm so juiced that the whorey lady's sad sad story has me quietly weeping
But here comes the morning
Here comes the yawning demented clown

I'm dreaming ... but I know it's all hot air
I'm dreaming ... I'll get back to that rocking chair
I'm dreaming ... of the day I can share the wealth
I'm dreaming ... dreaming - of the day I can control myself
Day I can control myself
Hey, hey!
The day I can control myself

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
The Who By Numbers 4:52 Live
The Who By Numbers 4:08
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 4:16 Live at Swansea Football Ground, 1976
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