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The Who

Bell Boy

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  • 1995
  • 1978
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  • 2010

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“Bell Boy” is a song recorded by The Who for the 1973 album Quadrophenia and 1979 movie of the same name. It was never released as a single. Besides the main lead vocal by frontman Roger Daltrey, the song features vocals by drummer Keith Moon (most of whose relatively few vocals for the band dated from the ‘60s). Moon mostly talks (or sings) his lines in a cartoonish voice with an exaggerated Cockney accent; however the bridge and the last line are sung in his natural voice. The shouts of “Bell Boy” are the lines of Jimmy from the disgusted realisation of what the Ace Face actually was, symbolic of the theme of disillusionment throughout the album. Lyrically, this is the final straw for Jimmy, having just found out that the Ace-Face he had looked up to as a Mod was now a Bell... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Riding up in front of a hundred faces ... But I used to follow you back in '63 ... You know how I feel, always running at someones heel

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