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“Athena” is a song written by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who. It appears as the first track on the group’s tenth studio album It’s Hard, released in 1982. It was released as the first single from that album, achieving moderate chart success at #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but received good airplay on album oriented rock and later classic rock radio formats. “Athena” reached #40 on the UK Singles Chart. Pete Townshend wrote this song after an encounter with actress Theresa Russell. He promptly fell in love with her, and his frustration of being rejected is contained in this song. In this context, associated with an issue with a film director, it became a subplot of the much later The Lifehouse Chronicles. Townshend initially changed the title to “Athena” to... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ She's just a girl, she's a bomb ... Just a girl just a girl ... She's a bomb

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More songs by The Who (See Charts): Early Morning Cold Taxi, A Man Is A Man, Baby Don’t You Do It, Cache Cache, There'S A Doctor, A Quick One, While He'S Away, Tommy, Can You Hear Me?, It’s Your Turn, Dangerous, and Tattoo.

Popular in Rock (See Charts): Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway To Heaven, Beat It, Give In To Me, Wherever You Will Go, Stigmatized, Nothing'S Changed, Hotel California, Imagine, and Nothing Else Matters.


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