Song Lyric Sunday – “Love, Reign O’er Me”

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing songs involving Musical | Opera for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.

Today I’m choosing a song by the English rock band, The Who. It is on the sixth studio album and their second rock opera, Quadrophenia. It is my favorite rock song from the 1970’s, right next to Pinball Wizard which was on The Who’s first rock opera, “Tommy” in 1969. Today’s song is “Love, Reign O’er Me” (Peter’s Theme). At the time this album came out, the band members were:

John Entwistle - Bass guitar, French horn, vocals
Roger Daltrey - Lead Vocals
Keith Moon - Drums, percussion, vocals
Pete Townshend - Guitars, keyboards, banjo, cello, vocals, sound effects

The Who began work on this album in 1972, trying to follow up with “Tommy”, their first rock opera. There was a delay in getting this album finished while bassist John Entwistle and lead singer Roger Daltrey recorded solo albums and drummer Keith Moon worked on films. When they resumed, a new studio was not complete and the band had to use Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio, an Airstream trailer. This studio worked great for Townsend’s multi-track synthesizers and sound effects. In addition, it worked well with Entwistle’s horns. During the production of this album, the relationship between the band members and their manager Kit Lambert broke down and Lambert left the band by the time the album was released.

The difference in the maturity in Roger Daltrey’s voice over the years is absolutely amazing to me. I love the deepness to his voice today. He can still belt it out!

SONG FACTS

  • Written and composed by Pete Townshend.
  • Released on October 27, 1973 as the second single.
  • It is the final song on the rock opera album.
  • It peaked at #76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #31 on Canada RPM Magazine
  • “Love, Reign o’er Me” is about the main character of Quadrophenia. His name is Jimmy and was in the middle of a personal crisis. In the song, he finds spiritual redemption in the pouring rain.
  • It was dropped in their live tours after their the Quadrophenia tour in 1973 & 1974. The Who put it back in the band’s playlist for the 1982 farewell tour in North America.
  • It was featured in the 1979 film based on the Quadrophenia album as well as the soundtrack album. The soundtrack version features a flute and string arrangement, with the ending a few seconds shorter that the album version.
  • It was also inspiration for the title of the 2007 film, “Reign Over Me” starring Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland, Saffron Burrows and Mike Binder and played throughout the film.

“Love, Reign o’er Me”

Only love
Can make it rain
The way the beach is kissed by the sea
Only love
Can make it rain
Like the sweat of lovers'
Laying in the fields
Love, reign o'er me
Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, rain on me
Only love
Can bring the rain
That makes you yearn to the sky
Only love
Can bring the rain
That falls like tears from on high
Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, rain on me
Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, rain on me
On the dry and dusty road
The nights we spend apart alone
I need to get back home to cool, cool rain
I can't sleep and I lay and I think
The night is hot and black as ink
Oh God, I need a drink of cool, cool rain
Love, reign o'er me, rain on me, on me, on me, oh
Love, reign o'er me, whoa, on me
Love
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Pete Townshend
Love, Reign o'er Me lyrics © Spirit Music Group, BMG Rights Management

From Wikipedia:

Pete Townshend describes the song:

[It] refers to Meher Baba‘s one time comment that rain was a blessing from God; that thunder was God’s Voice. It’s another plea to drown, only this time in the rain. Jimmy goes through a suicide crisis. He surrenders to the inevitable, and you know, you know, when it’s over and he goes back to town he’ll be going through the same shit, being in the same terrible family situation and so on, but he’s moved up a level. He’s weak still, but there’s a strength in that weakness. He’s in danger of maturing.

Comments

80 responses to “Song Lyric Sunday – “Love, Reign O’er Me””

  1. Jim Borden Avatar

    enjoyed reading all the background on this classic song. and I agree that Daltrey has such a powerful voice.

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      I love them so much! I’ve never seen them in concert so it is still on my bucket list. The problem is they aren’t getting any younger! 🙂

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        I know I have seen Daltrey in concert, but I can’t remember if it was as part of The Who or as a solo performer…

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        The Who wouldn’t be the same without the front man. I’m sure either way, it was a killer concert! True magic is when he is with Pete. 🙂

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      3. Jim Borden Avatar

        I’m fairly certain it was The Who that i saw. I can’t remember if Ketih Moon was still alive at the time…

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      4. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Well that would have been a hell of a concert.

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      5. Jim Borden Avatar

        it was. I think… 🙂

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      6. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        What? Through the clouds of marijuana, and the drinking? I’ve never done it myself but have found myself on a contact high from 2nd hand. I hate the smell of it. Nonetheless, I’d still go see them if I ever get a chance. 😊

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      7. Jim Borden Avatar

        I think it was just that I was young, didn’t know their music too well, and didn’t realize what I was witnessing…

        I would definitely go see them…

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      8. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        That’s pretty interesting. I listened to Pinball Wizard when I was 7 years old playing pinball in the clubhouse of our apartments. I didn’t know who The Who was. 🙂

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      9. Jim Borden Avatar

        but you were pretty cool for a 7 year old…

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      10. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        apparently so, but I was bullied back then. Adults were my friends. By the time I was 10, I started standing up for myself whether I was going to get the crap beaten out of me or not. I think I should write a novel based on my childhood. I think it might be relatable and sellable. 🙂

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      11. Jim Borden Avatar

        sounds like you were meant to be a Marine…

        I think most people like stories of someone who has overcome hardship…

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      12. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Everything happens for a reason even when we don’t know that reasoning and despite the decisions we make & think are the best things for us. I’m learning about myself by talking to wonderful people like yourself. So thank you! 😊

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      13. Jim Borden Avatar

        and usually things work out for the best…

        and WordPress is a wonderful community…

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      14. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        I’m loving it here! So many people I’d love to meet face to face one day! 🙂

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      15. Jim Borden Avatar

        I’ve met one so far, and it was quite enjoyable…

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      16. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        That is so cool! I hope to meet several in the next few years. You included! I have connected to so many, but there are a few that I have really gotten to know. No longer acquaintances! Friends is a much better term! 🙂

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      17. Jim Borden Avatar

        it would be fun to meet other bloggers!

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      18. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        I think so too! 😊

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  2. J-Dub Avatar

    Outstanding! Absolutely beautiful. Music you can feel ❤

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      I feel that way too Jill! Thanks! 🙂

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      1. J-Dub Avatar

        That movie was really good as well. Adam Sandler at his best and Don Cheadle too!

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        I agree with you! 🙂

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  3. newepicauthor Avatar

    I love this song and where else will you have the beach is kissed by the sea. I was hoping that more participants would use rock opera songs like this or from the Kinks. That Glastonbury Festival must have been really special. I had no idea about the movie and if I get a chance, I will check it out. Thanks for joining in again with your music Lisa.

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      The Glastonbury Festival lives on our DVR. Some nights, my hubby will crank of the surround sound while I’m in the shower way down the hallway and I can feel it while the water is running. It is awesome! I wanted to do Pinball Wizard too, but Love, Reign O’re Me stands out on its own. 🙂

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  4. willowdot21 Avatar

    Great choice, brings back memories 💜

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Yes, for me too. I should have done Pinball Wizard too because it has special memories too. I have a chance to do it down the road. 🙂

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        Excellent 💜

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  5. rajkkhoja Avatar
    rajkkhoja

    Good love song.

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Yes, it is! 🙂

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  6. Jen Goldie Avatar

    Wow! Just wow.

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Thanks! Just Thanks! hehehe! How ’bout those Yankees today? Rays won in the bottom of the 10th. Jays are lookin’ good today! Hope they can hold on. Went ahead of the Yankees in the standings! 🙂

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      1. Jen Goldie Avatar

        lol
        WTG RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Yankees? Blehhh
        I think Jays got their MOJO back!!! 🤞🤞🤞🤞😊

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        GO MOJO! Baltimore might come up and pass the Yankees too. Wouldn’t that be awesome! Put them at the bottom of the division. I’d be okay with that! 🙂

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      3. Jen Goldie Avatar

        Amazingly awesome!!!
        Big first game tonight for us. We’ll be fine. BOOOOOOOOOOO Yankees!! lol

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      4. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Rays can’t get their act together against the Nationals. Bluejays are going to edge closer. 😉

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      5. Jen Goldie Avatar

        I don’t know what to think. Top of the 9th gulp..🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

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      6. Jen Goldie Avatar

        🎉✨🎇🌟 Hooray!!!! Yay! And all that stuff!!!😊

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      7. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Just saw it. Picked up a full game on us. Congrats! I’m okay with it. Yankees goin down. 😉

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      8. Jen Goldie Avatar

        It’d be crazy fun if we played each other for the championship!!!! 😁

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      9. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        It certainly would. Frank & I we’re talking about that last night.

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      10. Jen Goldie Avatar

        Hmm We’d have to up a special page for that! And other could join in …maybe

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      11. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        That sounds like an awesome idea. 😊

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      12. Jen Goldie Avatar

        We’ll see eh? I like it!
        We could sweep the Yankees tomorrow !! 😊

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      13. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        How great would that be??? OMG! 🙏🏻

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      14. Jen Goldie Avatar

        I better take my hat off! LOL

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      15. Jen Goldie Avatar

        I was thinking (a rarity) anyways. We’d need a title for the page.
        How about JAYS!!! vs rays 😎👍

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      16. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        I’m behind on my replies. Well I think the Jays took the Rays mojo! WTH???

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      17. Jen Goldie Avatar

        lol
        There’s a strange vibe in the air. They both need to focus! We lost the last game with the Yankees.
        Like I said maybe I should take my hat off! lol

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      18. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Do what you gotta do, girl! LOL! 🙂

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      19. Jen Goldie Avatar

        LOL! It’s staying off.
        3 – 2 right now, bottom 7th

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      20. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Rays & Jays won last night!

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      21. Jen Goldie Avatar

        OH you noticed!! Yay!
        btw mine’s the 22nd. A little birdie told me yours was the 18th. 😊

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      22. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Well, you are on the borderline of Virgo. No wonder we get along! My youngest will be 28 on the 17th. Ugh!!! 😊

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      23. Jen Goldie Avatar

        OMG!!!!!!!!!!! A 10 run 6th !!!!!!!
        12 – 6 Blue Jays!!!!!
        🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞🤞

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      24. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Yay! The Rays got their asses handed to them today by the Nationals…another team I can’t stand. They need that to bring them back to reality! LOL!

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      25. Jen Goldie Avatar

        I know I was shocked when I saw the beating LOL
        We’re in the 9th, with 6 runs up but……….I’m holding my breath…….

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      26. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Breath in…breathe out! Repeat! 😁

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      27. Jen Goldie Avatar

        There’s no emoji for that!!
        B.R,E,A.T.H.I.N.G,……………………………….😁😁

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      28. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        We need a gif emoji for that. 😂

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      29. Jen Goldie Avatar

        I know…😂🥴

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      30. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        😶🤐 combine these two.

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      31. Jen Goldie Avatar

        🤩😎🤩

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      32. Jen Goldie Avatar

        Finally! Sheesh! 👍😎

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  7. Maggie Avatar

    What a fantastic choice! Another chill-giving piece of music.

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Thanks Maggie! I love The Who and Roger Daltrey can still do it. They were on their final tour when the pandemic broke out. They do have tour dates for next year but overseas. I’d love to go to Scotland and see them in March. 🙂 Two bucket list items in one. Probably not a chance! 🙂

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      1. Maggie Avatar

        Man, I would love to go to Scotland. And Ireland. And Britain. Bah humbug on this stupid virus.

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Yeah, Ireland and Scotland are on the top of my list. I don’t even have a passport. I need to get one. When I was active duty, back in the day, we didn’t need a passport. I have a lot of the US to still explore. I’d just like to go somewhere!!!! Anywhere!!!! We were supposed to go to Seattle this month but COVID had other plans. I’m just not getting on a plane! 🙂

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      3. Maggie Avatar

        I would love to get in the car and drive to Florida or Even just close by to spend some family time.

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      4. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Fall is coming. I’d love to go overnight somewhere but still not trusting anything. 😉

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      5. Maggie Avatar

        I would love that, too, but this is peak tourist time around here with the cool mountain air and the fall color. Too many outsiders to feel safe traveling much.

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  8. TheHiddenEdge Avatar
    TheHiddenEdge

    Wow! loved this choice!

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Thanks! Glad you liked it. It is my favorite Who song and beyond. 🙂

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  9. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing Avatar

    Wow Lisa, that took me back! I’d forgotten how much I liked it ☺️ I loved the write up on it. I also want to see that Don Cheadle film now ☺️👍

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Yay! I told Alexa to play the song while I ate lunch yesterday. Like I didn’t get enough of it while I was writing up the post…LOL! 🙂 The film is great…all star cast!

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