A call to "join together with the band" seemed a little out of character for The Who, and especially Pete Townshend, who famously threatened to kill anyone who came on stage
during their Woodstock performance. Taken less literally, it makes more sense as a plea to young people, urging them to unite and take action.
Townshend wrote the song in 1970 for his Lifehouse project, a Rock Opera that never came to be. Many of the songs Townshend wrote for Lifehouse ended up on the 1971 Who's Next
album. "Join Together" was recorded for the album, but didn't make the cut. Instead, it was released as a single in the summer of 1972. Townshend has cited the song as one of his favorites, telling Melody Maker
he thought it was "incredible" and was surprised the public didn't like it as much as he did.