The Who - My Wife - Live 1977



"My Wife" is a song by the British rock band the Who, written by bass guitarist John Entwistle. It was originally released in 1971 on Who's Next and later as the B-side of the single "Baba O'Riley" on 6 November 1971 in Europe by Polydor Records.


"My Wife" was the fourth track on "Who's Next" and was recorded at Olympic Studios sometime in May 1971. While it did appear on Who's Next it was thought that it was not a part of the Lifehouse project which was confirmed in 2000, when it was not included in Pete Townshend's Lifehouse Chronicles box set.


The song is about a man who has gone out and gotten drunk and been gone for a period of time (due to being locked up in the drunk tank) and is in fear of his wife because she thinks he was spending time with another woman. The song drolly describes, in first person, all the things he needs to have or do to protect himself from her wrath.





Lyrics


My life's in jeopardy

Murdered in cold blood is what I'm gonna be

I ain't been home since Friday night

And now my wife is coming after me


Give me police protection

Gonna buy a gun so

I can look after number one

Give me a bodyguard

A black belt Judo expert with a machine gun


Gonna buy a tank and an aeroplane

When she catches up with me

Won't be no time to explain

She thinks I've been with another woman

And that's enough to send her half insane

Gonna buy a fast car

Put on my lead boots

And take a long, long drive

I may end up spending all my money

But I'll still be alive


All I did was have a bit too much to drink

And I picked the wrong precinct

Got picked up by the law

And now I ain't got time to think


Gonna buy a tank and an aeroplane

When she catches up with me

Won't be no time to explain

She thinks I've been with another woman

And that's enough to send her half insane

Gonna buy a fast car

Put on my lead boots

And take a long, long drive

I may end up spending all my money

But I'll still be alive


And I'm oh so tired of running

Gonna lay down on the floor

I gotta rest some time so

I can get to run some more


She's comin'!

She's comin'!

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