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Let’s See Action

“Let’s See Action” is a song written and composed by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who. It was released as a single in the UK in 1971 and reached #16 in the charts.

The song is one of many tributes by Pete Townshend to Meher Baba, others being “Baba O’Riley” and “Don’t Let Go the Coat”.[citation needed]

The song is the first of three non-album singles by the The Who,[1] and came from the abortive Lifehouse project.[2] Pete Townshend’s demo version, which appears on his first major label solo album Who Came First as “Nothing Is Everything (Let’s See Action)”, is longer than the version on the single and contains the additional lines, “Rumor has it minds are open. Then rumors fill them up with lies.”[3] The band’s bassist, John Entwistle, said that the track was Pete Townshend “Trying to talk to the kids in general.”[1] According to The Who’s biographer John Atkins, the song takes ideas from the teachings of Meher Baba, encompassing “Soul searching and the utilization of positive impulses from within.”[4]

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