Baba O’Reilly

I won’t be ashamed to admit it, but I first heard this beautiful song on an episode of Dawson’s Creek. It was an episode where Jen (played by Michelle Williams) was in a mood (as they all usually were on the show) as she was trying to decide whether to go on holidays with her estranged parents or her has-always-been-there-bestfriend Jack (played by Kerr Smith). In an attempt to clear her head, she puts on this song and gets up on an armchair and totally just rocks out in a very cute way. I fell in love with the song then and I haven’t stopped loving it since.

Many people mistake the title of this song as ‘Teenage Wasteland‘ because the words ‘Baba O’Reilly’ are never once mentioned in the song but be assured, it’s the correct title. This song was the main reason I went to see xThe Whox in Dublin. And this week when David Cook sang it to get into the top 3 of the Season 7 American Idol competition… I loved it even more!

I don’t even really know why I love it so much. Sure, it’s a great song. Sure, it’s got amazing lyrics, composition and yadi-yadi-yadda. But I usually fall for songs that tie in to something significant that happened in my life. But this song has managed to creep into my heart and has permanently lodged itself inside without any significant event to remember with it. So much so that I will do my best to catch any and every episode of CSI: NY that I can (it features this song as the theme song).

It could be my all time favourite song. But there are quite a few songs that could give it a run for it’s money… I may write about these songs. I may not… we’ll see where the tide takes me.

What’s your all time favourite song?

responses to “Baba O’Reilly” 8

  1. Laura & Aispinay – I can’t figure out what it is!! I’ve tried using different themes. I’m worried it’s the ads I have up!

    Aispinay – Thanks so much for letting me know. And the comments is totally free for you to write whatever you’d like especially if you’re trying to help me! Thanks again.

    Beeker – Yay!!

  2. I know its not appropriate to comment here, but I just can’t think of a better way to get your attention since your journal is covered with black panel and can’t see what’s on the upper side of it and I tried refreshing my page 10 times. I took an screenshot for you to examine, and uploaded it on imageshack. Just feel free to look at it. Oh, I am using safari when this happened, Am in your blog to drop my entrecard.

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    Just want to let yah know, am not sure anyway if the glitch is on my browser or on your page. Thanks

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  3. A chunk of your blog above this post is just a black space. What happened to it?

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  4. Haley – I know already told you on twitter but I still laughed out loud when I read your comment again today. Booboo O’Malley… so funny!

    Canucklehead – It doesn’t have to be a song by The Who though… you can pick any song! That’s a great song too btw (Cry if you want) but Baba O’Reilly will always be my #1 The Who song.

    Michael – I thought that’s what ‘theme song’ meant…

  5. There is no way I could pick a fave song as it changes all the time. But, for the sake of playing along I will give me favourite Who song, “Cry If You Want.” I’m always amazed that it does not get more exposure – if you have not heard it yet – check it out. Have a great weekend.

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  6. This has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I think it’s mostly the killer violin solo at the end. (“Killer violin”, now doesn’t that read weird!) Seriously, I don’t like the live harmonica version nearly as much.

    Baba O’Reily, I believe, was a spiritual guru of the band at the time, and that’s what the title comes from.

    I, personally, think of the song as Booboo O’Malley, but that’s mostly because some people near and dear to me think that’s what came slurring out of my mouth once in a drunken haze. “Oh, Booboo O’Malley! I love this song!”

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