Real Good Looking Boy (5:44)

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This is how Pete Townshend described the song: “Real Good Looking Boy is a song I wrote quite a few years ago about two young men who worry about their looks. One of them, based on me - hopes and believes he might look like his best friend who is a conventionally handsome fellow. (He is disavowed of this notion by his mother). The second, based on Roger - hopes and believes he will one day turn out to be like the young Elvis Presley. (He, more happily, sees part of his dream come true). They both find love in later life.”

The song was a tribute to the legendary rock ‘n roll singer Elvis Presley. During live performances, Roger Daltrey gives a short introduction to the song, describing it as a song about “A man that changed my life at the age of 11. I saw Elvis Presley live at 11. Thank God I did, I loved him because everybody under the age of 20 thought they were Elvis and dressed like him. Everybody over 20 hated them and that was good enough for me.” The piano intro borrows from the Elvis song “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, and one of the later verses in “Real Good Looking Boy” uses lyrics from the first verse of the Elvis song.

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