October 22, 2020

Now I’m A Farmer

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Produced by Pete Townshend at Eel Pie Studios, Twickenham late May 1970.

"’Now I’m A Farmer is from the same bale of hay, recorded at home for the EP. It’s a drug song, all about the good life out in the fields growing those fantastic phallic ornamental gourds that you can use to…… to …… to make gorgeous fruit bowl arrangements. See if you catch the immensely subtle reference to the ‘Air’ in this song. This track is from the period when The Who went slightly mad, we put out several records called ‘DOGS’, and at least one about finding ‘one’s inner self’. Gourds mate, that’s the secret of life……GOURDS."
–Pete Townshend

This track was mentioned in a May 4, 1968 interview with Pete where he said he was trying to put it in the opera that would eventually become Tommy. It was gone by the time the earliest track listings for the opera were compiled. Pete also later mentioned this this was intended as a single and he considers it one of the best songs he has ever written. 

Track 21 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD with a longer fade out at 4’06.