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Misunderstood

This song is by Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane and appears on the album Rough Mix (1977).

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Just wanna be misunderstood
Wanna be feared in my neighborhood
Just wanna be a moody man
Say things that nobody can understand

I want to be obscure and oblique
Inscrutable and vague, so hard to pin down
I wanna leave open mouths when I speak
Want people to cry when I put them down

I wanna be either old and young
Don't like where I ended up or where I begun
I always feel I must get things in the can
I just can't handle it the way I am

Why am I so straight and simple?
People see through me like I'm made of glass
Why can't I deepen with graying temples?
Am I growing out of my class?

I always feel I should be somewhere else
I feel impatient like a girl on the shelf
They say that I should live "sera, sera"
But I am such an ordinary star

Coolwalking smoothtalking straightsmoking firestoking
Coolwalking smoothtalking, yeah

Just wanna be misunderstood
I wanna be feared in my neighborhood
Just wanna be a moody man
Say things that nobody can understand

(Coolwalking smoothtalking straightsmoking firestoking)
(Coolwalking smoothtalking straightsmoking firestoking)
(Coolwalking smoothtalking straightsmoking firestoking)
Coolwalking smoothtalking straightsmoking firestoking
Yeah

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Written by:

Pete Townshend

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