"Life To Life" questions



Martin Bailey mobailey at ntlworld.com
Tue Jun 19 16:55:07 CDT 2007


Jason said:

> A friend of mine has been asking me some questions about "Life To Life"

You have good taste in friends.


I must admit I've never heard of this song.  For a while, I was wondering 
whether you'd posed your question to the right list!

But after a quick Google:

Seems this is a solo Pete song, which was only ever released on the 
soundtrack to a film called "Playing for Keeps", in 1986.

The lyrics vary between being beautiful and bizare, and are worth 
reproducing here:


artist: Pete Townshend
title: Life To Life


Gotta let my heart learn to talk
Must let my head learn to walk
I must forget all the hopeless pain
Must bring my life back to life
Once again

Never let them see you crying
Don't try to run before you figured out to crawl
They must believe they are the lions
Never let them guess you learned how to fall

Let them brand you as a sinner
Let them think that your the one who has lost
You won't be charged with being a winner
You won't be saddled being called of the bus

Bring back to life
Life to life
Breath life into life
Back to life
Give life back to life

Why pretend to be so rough and strong
When your weakness is your strongest ten
Why pretend to be so tough so long
As you are really an ordinary man

Never let them see you dreaming
Never let them know you concord your sorrow
Don't let them know your scheming
Don't let them know that you have plans for tomorrow

To bring back to life
Give life back to life
Life to life
Back to life
Give life back to life
Will attack the stands
Can you stand the shaft
We need an iron man
They wanna man of rock
You can keep all the games
The suicide leaps
Keep away from the flames
This time where playing for keeps

[Guitar solo]

Never let them see you crying
But make them sure your not afraid to cry
Never let them see you trying
Don't let them know you are prepared to die

To bring back to life
Give life back to life
Breath life into life
Life to life
Give life back to life

Gotta let my heart learn to talk
Must let my head learn to walk
I must forget all the hopeless pain
Must bring my life back to life
Once again





> Secondly...does anybody know if this song was, at any time, intended for
> "The Iron Man?"


Given the line "We need an iron man", I would say: definately.  But it's 
strange that this song hasn't resurfaced as a bonus track on the recent Iron 
Man reissues.

-MB




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