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Let My Love Open The Door

by

Pete Townshend



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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. (thanks, 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.
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Comments (7):

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_o
- Rachel, 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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