A Man Is A Man

Matt lenono68 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 22:22:16 CDT 2008

I never knew this. Thanks for the info.


From: jimthewhofan at aol.com
> Subject: Re: A Man Is A Man
> To: thewho at igtc.com
>  "A Man Is A Man" is so strongly influenced by Scottish poet Robert Burns's
> 1795 poem "A Man's A Man for A'That" that Pete probably should have given
> him a co-writing credit, or at least a nod in the liner notes.
> It was not unusual for Pete to make these kinds of references, in song, to
> the poetry of others. "Baba O'Riley" makes a public reference to the
> "teenage wasteland," rekindling images of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land"
> (1922). Furthermore, "Uniforms," from CHINESE EYES makes an allusion to
> Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915) with the line "I am
> frightened/You are frightened/Should we get our trousers tightened." Eliot's
> line is "I grow old/I grow old/I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers
> rolled."
> Of course, these kinds of allusions from Pete to Eliot are an homage to
> Eliot, who made the same kind of literary allusions in his own poetry
> (which, at the time, Eliot was criticized for doing; now he's hailed as
> perhaps the finest American or English poet next to Shakespeare).
> But regarding "A Man's A Man," the similarity in terms of structure,
> concept and title really insist that Pete make a public nod to Burns, IMHO.
> Jim

"Life Is What Happens To You While You're Busy Making Other Plans" John

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