I Can't Explain

Album: Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy (1965)
Charted: 8 93
  • Got a feeling inside (can't explain)
    It's a certain kind (can't explain)
    I feel hot and cold (can't explain)
    Yeah, down in my soul, yeah (can't explain)

    I said (can't explain)
    I'm feeling good now, yeah, but (can't explain)

    Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling blue
    The things you've said, well, maybe they're true
    I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
    I know what it means, but

    Can't explain
    I think it's love
    Try to say it to you
    When I feel blue

    But I can't explain (can't explain)
    Yeah, hear what I'm saying, girl (can't explain)

    Dizzy in the head and I'm feeling bad
    The things you've said have got me real mad
    I'm gettin' funny dreams again and again
    I know what it means but

    Can't explain
    I think it's love
    Try to say it to you
    When I feel blue

    But I can't explain (can't explain)
    Forgive me one more time, now (can't explain)

    (Ooh) I said I can't explain, yeah
    (Ooh) you drive me out of my mind
    (Ooh) yeah, I'm the worrying kind, babe
    (Ooh) I said I can't explain Writer/s: PETER TOWNSHEND
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Sludge from WheelingI once heard Pete say Jimmy doubled up on the guitar solo.

    Another commentator said Jimmy was quoted as saying he was on the song, but could barely be heard.

    I think the two statements are consistent.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 29th 1965, the Who make their national television debut when they appear on the BBC-TV program 'Ready, Steady, Go!'...
    A little over three weeks later on February 21st the quartet's debut charted record, "I Can't Explain", would enter the United Kingdom's Top 40 chart right at #40, seven weeks later on April 11th it would peak at #8 for one week...
    Across the pond in the U.S.A. on March 21st, 1965 the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart position #99, the following week in rose to #93 and that would be its second and last week in the Top 100...
    R.I.P. Drummer Keith Moon {1946 1978) and bassist John Entwistle {1944 - 2002}.
  • Jfv from Philadelphia, PaA few corrections to the Songfacts comment above about Woodstock: If I’m not mistaken, The Who performed 23 songs at Woodstock of which I Can’t Explain was the second. They then followed up I Can’t Explain with 17 consecutive songs from Tommy. However, Tommy itself is comprised of a total of 24 tracks, so 7 Tommy songs were not performed at Woodstock. The Who then ended their Woodstock set with 4 songs that were not from Tommy. Although they did start their performance in the early morning hours of August 17, 1969, approximately 5:00AM, their set was only about 65 minutes long, ending at about 6:05AM. They were followed by Jefferson Airplane.
  • Ken from Philadelphia, PaFor those comparing this to the Scorpions' or others' versions of this song, please do not lose sight of the fact that The Who released this song in 1965! Do a bit of research and see what other music was being released in 1965. Sure, the Beatles were already doing amazing things by this time, but they certainly weren't rocking like The Who. In fact, with the possible exception of The Kinks, NOBODY was making music like this. This song is a clear and direct precursor of not only heavy metal but also even punk.
  • Dave from Red Lion, PaTo be honest, I prefer the cover by the Scorpions over the original. I think the Scorps version rocks. I am not a big fan of The Who but I like "Can't get fooled again", "Baba O'Riley", "Pinball Wizard" and "Who are you".
  • Chris from Nc, CtPete mentioned in an interview that "Can't Explain" was about Schizophrenia. It's important to understand that his lyrics are NEVER what they appear to be...But that's why he's a genious!
  • Josh from TorontoMy sister's boyfriend played this song on their first date...By the way the who rock no question about it...
  • Ed from Chicao, IlThe Who still opens with I can Explain in 2007 - you don't need to say anything more about the song
  • Elie from Londonthe version live at the isle of waight festival is pretty cool. i love the meaning of this song
  • Cosmo from Norton, MaThis song has spoken for my feelings many a time
  • Griffin from New York, NyAn absolutely brillaint richenbacker 12 string guitar solo. A lot of people I know think that Jimmy Page played the solo. I did too until I got my facts straight. Long Live The Who!!
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI agree Jackie. The Who are very good and underrated. I'd say this beats anything off any Beatles album until A Hard Day's Night. And the Beatles are my favorite band. (The Who are 3rd on my list.)
  • Jackie from Coatbridge, ScotlandAhhh,The good old Who,and their good old oldies.The Who,you cant beat them.Maximum R&B.
  • Andy from Tualatin, OrRoger Daltrey has the greatest voice ever! I Love The Who! this song is number 371 On Rolling Stones List of the top 500 songs of all time.
  • Zola from Dublin, OhOne of their best, jump started the careers of three great muscisians and roger daltrey decided to tag along Long Live Rock Long Live THE WHO
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Sci agree with you Jack from Monmouth NJ. The line "I can't explain, i think it's love' clearly tells the listener thatthe song is about love, and that the guy is having trouble telling the girl that he's in love with her.
  • Kevin from Honolulu, HiPete played on Yvonne Elliman's cover of this song on her 'Food of Love' album 1973. The studio's electricity went out during Pete's tremendously loud guitar takes.
  • Jack from Monmouth, NjHow can it not be about love? "Can't explain/ I think it's love" ...?
  • Tyler from Farmington, Miits never exactly explained that the character in the song cant explain about the girl hes in love with, and many people believe that its a guy who is unable to communicate his politcal and socialogical(in so many words) views to others.
    Townshend i think rarely wrote a love song that couldnt be taken as a bit deeper.
  • Paulo from New York, NyThere is a live cover of this somewhere by Pearl Jam.
  • Ian from San Marino, Cadammit... well i guess "the scorpions" stole my idea of heavy metal cover of this wonderful song, and i thought it would be original idea...damn... well only goes to show that other people can have good ideas... that is why a website like this is so damned useful
  • Cody from San Antonio, TxThe Scorpions did a cover of this song. Their version is a little heavier. It's not as good, but it isn't bad either.
  • Sol from Dallas, Txwhoa, first to put up a comment. I'll make this good. Er, The Who is awesome!
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