The Real Me
Music/Lyrics: Pete Townshend
Original Artist: The Who
Original Album: Quadrophenia (1973)
Albums: Live Phish 14
Historian: Craig DeLucia
The first true song on Quadrophenia, “The Real Me” arises surreally from the sound of crashing waves in “I Am the Sea.” It is sung by Jimmy, the confused narrator of this rock opera. Jimmy, in his quest for truth, turns to his parents, a preacher, and a doctor, but none of them can understand his frustration. The presence of horns adds another dimension to this rock anthem.
“The Real Me” is one of only three Quadrophenia songs to be played again after its triumphant Halloween debut. Its only other appearance to date, on 12/29/95, was inside an epic “Bathtub Gin” sandwich that is one of many highlights from the 1995 NYE Run.