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Let My Love Open The Door by Pete Townshend

Album: Empty GlassReleased: 1980Charted:
  • In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine just after this song became a hit, Townshend referred to it as "Just a ditty." He went on to say that he preferred another song from Empty Glass, "A Little is Enough," which only reached #72 on the US charts.
  • Pete Townshend has been a follower of the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba (1894-1969) since 1968 and this appears to be a devotional love song to his religious guru. However in the liner notes of Townshend's Gold (Remaster) CD, he refers to this song as "Jesus sings."
  • Among the films this has been used in are Look Who's Talking (1989), Mr. Deeds (2002) and Along Came Polly (2004). A different version was recorded for Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), and It was also the end credit song for Jersey Girl (2004). The song played a prominent role in the 2007 movie Dan In Real Life, where Steve Carell and Dane Cook perform the song to Cook's girlfriend, who Carell has deep feelings for.
  • Two of the musicians on this track, the bass player Tony Butler and drummer Mark Brzezicki, became part of the Scottish Rock quartet Big Country a few years later.
  • The Christian rock-pop band Audio Adrenaline remade this song on their 1999 Underdog album. In their case the "my love" was referring to God's love.
  • This was Pete Townshend's only solo American Top 10 hit, but it charted as high as any Who song released in America - "I Can See For Miles" also hit #9. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
  • According to the 1985 Pete Townshend "My Generation" radio special, Townshend's manager hated this track and felt it should be left off the album because it didn't sound like a Pete Townshend song. Weeks after the release, Pete's manager called to apologize when the song became the first hit single from Empty Glass.
  • Two different versions of the song were used on the season opener of Showtime's Californication on April 13, 2014. A re-mix from Los Angeles producer Philip Stier opened the show and Townshend's 1980 original version closed the episode.
  • Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia covered this on her 2014 album Male. "Without sounding corny, this one connects to my heart," she told Entertainment Weekly.
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Comments: 9

On August 23rd 1980, a video tape of Pete Townshend performing "Let My Love Open the Door" was aired on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
At the time the song was in its 2nd of three weeks at #9 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
{See next post below}.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On June 27th 1980, a video of "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend was aired on NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special'...
Nineteen days earlier on June 8th, 1980 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #69; and on August 10th, 1980 it peaked at #9 (for 3 weeks) and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
Was track four on his debut solo album, 'Empty Glass', and the album reached #5 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart...
Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "A Little Is Enough" (#72) and "Rough Boys" (#89)...
And on the same show a video of "Rough Boys" was also aired...
Mr. Townshend celebrated his 69th birthday last month on May 19th, 2014.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I heard it was about gay sex.Jef - Passaic, Nj
i saw an interview with Townshend and he said he was thinking about Jesus, when he wrote the song.John - Honolulu, Hi
One thing to note about Pete - he constantly contradicts himself from one interview to another, making the truth difficult to ascertain. Based on the lyrics, I'd guess "just a ditty" is the most likely answer, and he probably came up with "Jesus Sings" after someone pointed out to him how it could be interpreted that way.Gregg - East Rockaway, Ny
On his greatest hits, I he gives a detailed explanation of what this song is about. I don't have that CD with me, unfortunately. However, on wikipedia, it says that the song is not a message from a lover, but a message from God. Yes, as written above, Townshend is a follower of the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba. Cheers. Great song!Robin - Edmonton, Canada
I love this song and its been stuck in my head for a week now o_oRachel - Cleveland, Oh
I really love this song, though "A Little is Enough" is probably the better of the two.John - Hendersonville, Nc
This song is unique in the fact that is has 2 different versions. One version was fast and upbeat and the other was slowed down but both sound great!Donovan - Sacramento, Ca
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