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A Quick One, While He’s Away

“A Quick One, While He’s Away” is a 1966 medley written by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who for their second album A Quick One. The song also appears on the album BBC Sessions. In the performance on their Live at Leeds album Townshend calls the nine-minute “epic” track a “mini-opera” and introduces it as “Tommy’s parents”.
The song tells the story of an unnamed girl whose lover has been gone “for nigh on a year”. Her friends inform her that they “have a remedy”; the remedy comes in the form of Ivor the Engine Driver. When the lover returns, the girl confesses her infidelity, and she is ultimately forgiven.

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