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The Who


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  • 1968
  • 2009

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“Tattoo” is a song written by Pete Townshend that was first released by The Who on their 1967 album The Who Sell Out. A “rite of passage” song, “Tattoo” tells the story of two teenaged brothers who decide to get tattoos in their attempts to become men. Themes of the song include peer pressure to conform and young men’s insecurity about their manhood. The song has been heavily praised by critics and has appeared on several of The Who’s live and compilation albums. It has also been covered by Tommy Keene and Petra Haden. Read on...

Song lines: ♪ But the skin graft man won't get you ... You'll be there when I die, tattoo ... Welcome to my life, tattoo

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More songs by The Who (See Charts): Early Morning Cold Taxi, A Man Is A Man, Helpless Dancer, Heaven And Hell, Tommy, Can You Hear Me?, Odorono, Anyway Anyhow Anywhere, A Quick One, While He'S Away, Rael 1, and Did You Steal My Money.

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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