Sally Simpson Lyrics - The Who

The Who Tommy cover art
writers: Peter Dennis Blandfor Townshend
release date: 1969-5-23
genres: Rock Classical Stage & Screen
styles: Opera/Rock & Roll/Hard Rock/Pop Rock/Prog Rock
length: 4:11
producer: Kit Lambert
lead vocals: Roger Daltrey
engineer: Damon Lyon-Shaw
executive producer: Chris Stamp
lyricist: Pete Townshend
composer: Pete Townshend
Outside the house Mr. Simpson announced
That Sally couldn't go to the meeting
He went on cleaning his blue Rolls Royce
And she ran inside weeping
She got to her room, and tears splashed the picture
Of the new Messiah
She picked up the book of her father's life
And threw it on the fire

She knew from the start
Deep down in her heart
That she and Tommy were worlds apart
But her mother said, "Never mind, your part
Is to be what you'll be."

The theme of the sermon was 'Come unto me,
Love will find a way',
So Sally decided to ignore her dad
And sneak out anyway
She spent all afternoon getting ready
And decided she'd try to touch him
Maybe he'd see that she was free
And talk to her this Sunday


She arrived at six, and the place was swinging
To gospel music by nine
Group after group appeared on the stage
And Sally just sat there crying
She bit her nails, looking pretty as a picture
Right in the very front row
And then a DJ wearing a blazer with a badge
Ran on and said, "Here we go!"

The crowd went crazy
As Tommy hit the stage
Little Sally got lost as the police bossed
The crowd back in a rage

But soon the atmosphere was cooler
As Tommy gave a lesson
Sally just had to let him know she loved him
And leapt up on the rostrum
She ran cross stage to the spotlit figure
And touched him on the face
Tommy whirled around as a uniformed man
Threw her off the stage


Her cheek hit a chair and blood trickled down
Mingling with her tears
Tommy carried on preaching
And his voice filled Sally's ears
She caught his eye, she had to try
But couldn't see through their lights
Her face was gashed, and the ambulance men
Had to carry her out that night

The crowd went crazy
As Tommy left the stage
Little Sally was lost for the price of a touch
And a gash across her face, oh

Sixteen stitches put her right, and her dad said
"Don't say I didn't warn you."
Sally got married to a rock musician
She met in California
Tommy always talks about the day
The disciples all went wild
Sally still carries a scar on her cheek
To remind her of his smile


Lyrics licensed by
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Overture
  • 2 It’s a Boy
  • 3 1921
  • 4 Amazing Journey
  • 5 Sparks
  • 6 Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)
  • 7 Christmas
  • 8 Cousin Kevin
  • 9 The Acid Queen
  • 10 Underture
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Do You Think It’s Alright?
  • 2 Fiddle About
  • 3 Pinball Wizard
  • 4 There’s a Doctor
  • 5 Go to the Mirror
  • 6 Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  • 7 Smash the Mirror
  • 8 Sensation
  • 9 Miracle Cure
  • 10 Sally Simpson
  • 11 I’m Free
  • 12 Welcome
  • 13 Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  • 14 We’re Not Gonna Take It