The Song Is Over

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"The Song Is Over"
Song by The Who from the album Who's Next
Released 14 August 1971 (1971-08-14)
Recorded 11 May 1971 at Olympic Studios[1]
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 6:13
Label Decca (US)
Polydor (UK)
Writer Pete Townshend
Producer The Who, Glyn Johns
Who's Next track listing

"The Song Is Over" is a song by English rock band The Who, appearing on Who's Next. It was originally to be the ending song on Lifehouse after the police invade the Lifehouse Theatre and the concert goers disappear.[2]

"The Song Is Over" is one of the tracks on Who's Next with lead vocals by both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey and piano work by Nicky Hopkins.[1] According to Pete Townshend the song provides "a mixture of being sad and wistful but at the same time a high point."[2] The mixture of the song is achieved by Pete Townshend's vocals talking of a sense the end: "The song is over, It's all behind me", and Roger's taking a sense of continuing: "I sing my songs to the wide open spaces..."

The song also features quotes from "Pure and Easy" in its final bars.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Who's Next 1995 Reissue Liner Notes
  2. ^ a b "The Hypertext Who " Article Archive › The Who Puts the Bomp (1971)". Retrieved 2011-06-23.