Little Billy (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc./Fabulous Music, Ltd./ABKCO Music, Inc., BMI

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by Kit Lambert at IBC Studios, London February 11, 1968.

"Now if I might take a little liberty here, this is a masterpiece. Written and recorded for the American Cancer Society in exchange for world wide success and fame it ended up not saving lives, but moldering unheard in some executive's office for six years.'It's too long' he said in a slimy East Coast accent of the nastiest possible kind. Actually he was quite nice -- used to take me to lunch in the Russian Tea Room. Had baseball bats embroidered on his Y-fronts. I really hate him because he jilted me, the swine. But, as you can hear, Little Billy is doing fine, just fine."
--Pete Townshend

Played by The Who live during early 1968 where it was promoted as a possible single.

Track 10 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD. Pete's final words from the control room were not on the original version.

Little Billy was the fattest kid in his class
Always the last in line
All the other little kids would laugh at him
Said he'd die before his time

Ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha
Little Billy didn't mind

Most of the kids smoked cigarettes
Just to prove that they were cool
The teacher didn't know about the children's games
And Billy always followed the rules

Ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha
Little Billy didn't mind

Billy was big on the outside
But there's an even bigger man inside
Ten million cigarettes burning every day
And Billy's still doing fine

Now Billy and his classmates are middle-aged
With children of their own
Their smoking games are reality now
And cancer's seed is sown

Ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha
Little Billy's didn't mind

Most of them smoke maybe forty a day
A habit Billy doesn't share
One by one they're passing away
Leaving orphans to Billy's care

Ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha
Little Billy doesn't mind

Ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha
Little Billy's doing fine

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Odds & Sods 2:17
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 2:17
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