Amazing Journey

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"Amazing Journey"
Song by The Who
from the album Tommy
ReleasedMay 23, 1969
GenrePsychedelic rock[1]
LabelPolydor, Track, Decca, MCA
Songwriter(s)Pete Townshend
Producer(s)Kit Lambert

"Amazing Journey" is a song by the English rock band the Who from the album Tommy. It was written by Pete Townshend on the piano.[2] Writer Nigel Cawthorne called the song a stand-out on the album. Cawthorne also thought it was electrifying when performed live.[3]


"Amazing Journey" was the first song written by Townshend specifically for the Tommy album.[4] The lyrics were taken from some of the first lines of a poem Townshend wrote.[4][5]

The song involves Tommy, the main character from the album, going on a psychedelic "amazing journey" as his subconsciousness reveals itself to him as a tall stranger dressed in silvery robes. This makes him interpret all sensations as music.[6][7]

The song segues into "Sparks", an instrumental that has roots in "Rael (1 and 2)", a track from The Who Sell Out. A link called "Beat Up" followed the two tracks in early running orders of Tommy.[4]

Other appearances[edit]

A live version of the song appears on Live at Leeds. The studio version of this song is also available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series.


  1. ^ Charlesworth, Chris; Hanel, Ed (2004). The Who: The Complete Guide to Their Music. ISBN 9781844494286.
  2. ^ Perna, Alan di (October 2012). Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits. ISBN 9781480329706.
  3. ^ Cawthorne, Nigel (2005). The Who and the Making of Tommy. ISBN 9781903318768.
  4. ^ a b c Cady, Brian. "'Tommy' liner notes". The Hypertext Who.
  5. ^ Smith, Larry David (January 1999). Pete Townshend: The Minstrel's Dilemma. ISBN 9780275964726.
  6. ^ The Golden Age of the Singer-Songwriter, 1970-1973. 2012. ISBN 9780313379062.
  7. ^ Atkins 2000, pp. 121–122.

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