Let My Love Open the Door

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"Let My Love Open the Door"
Single by Pete Townshend
from the album Empty Glass
B-side "Greyhound Girl"
Released June 4, 1980 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded March 1980
Genre Art rock, new wave
Length 2:44
Label Atco Records
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer(s) Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend UK singles chronology
"Rough Boys"
"Let My Love Open the Door"
"Keep on Working"
Pete Townshend US singles chronology
"Keep Me Turning"
[with Ronnie Lane]
"Let My Love Open the Door"
"A Little Is Enough"

"Let My Love Open the Door" is a song written and performed by Pete Townshend from his 1980 album Empty Glass. It reached the top ten in America in that same year, reaching number nine.[1][2]


"Let My Love Open the Door" can be interpreted as either a love song or a religious one. Although, Townshend is a devotee to the religious guru Meher Baba, he claimed in the liner notes of his Anthology CD that "Jesus sings" on the track.[3]

"Let My Love Open the Door" was released as the second single from Empty Glass in Britain, where it was backed with the non-album tracks "Classified" and "Greyhound Girl." The song was a minor British hit, reaching #46.[4] The song saw more success when it was released as the debut single from Empty Glass in America, where the song reached #9.[5] It was Pete Townshend's only solo American Top 10 hit, but it charted as high as any single by The Who released in America. The Who's song, also written by Townshend, "I Can See For Miles", also hit #9.

Initially, Townshend's manager despised the track (due to it "not sounding like Townshend") and wanted it to be removed from Empty Glass.[3] However, upon the song's chart success, his manager called to apologize.

Despite the song's critical and commercial success, Pete Townshend did not consider it one of his best songs. He told Rolling Stone in an interview that the "Let My Love Open the Door" was "just a ditty," also claiming that he enjoyed his minor US hit, "A Little Is Enough," more than the song.[3]


  • A cover of this song was recorded by Audio Adrenaline, with the interpretation of "my love" referring to God's love.
  • It was also covered by M. Ward (for the 2005 Starbucks compilation album, Sweetheart 2005: Love Songs)
  • It was covered by Pete Townshend's own band The Who.
  • Sherie Rene Scott covered the song on her 2001 album ...Men I've Had.
  • A cover of this song was also recorded by Michael Cavanaugh.
  • In 2013 Great Big Sea released a cover on their twentieth anniversary album XX.
  • Actors Steve Carell and Dane Cook are credited with a cover version featured in the 2007 film Dan in Real Life.[6] This version was arranged by Sondre Lerche, who also recorded a cover for the soundtrack of the film.
  • A version of this song by Luminate appears on The Covers EP[7] and was used in the season 2 finale of The Newsroom.
  • Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara have performed a cover of the song as part of their encore set in concert.
  • In July 2012, Honda used this song in a TV commercial advertisement campaign.

List of films and TV shows featuring the track[edit]

The song has been used frequently in film, most notably the comedy genre, often as trailer music for movies such as Jerry Maguire and How Do You Know, and then as end credit song for Mr. Deeds in 2002; Jersey Girl and Along Came Polly, both in 2004. It was featured in the following films and TV series:

  • Click (in trailers) (2006)
  • The Newsroom (2012) - cover by Luminate used in the second season finale, "Election Night, Part II" (September 15, 2013)
  • The Goldbergs, season 1 "Why're You Hitting Yourself?" (2013) the "E. Cola Mix" played at end before credits.


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