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Top 20 Political Songs: Won't Get Fooled Again |The Who | 1971

Plus ça change, says Pete Townshend

Here comes the "revolution of revolutions ... and then the disappointment that each system is exactly as bad as the last". This revolutionary anthem for cynics written by Pete Townshend is notable for its length -- depending on the version, up to nine minutes -- and a hearty scream by band member Roger Daltrey.

"It is not precisely a song that decries revolution -- it suggests that we will indeed fight in the streets -- but that revolution, like all action, can have results we cannot predict. Don't expect to see what you expect to see," Townshend later said.

Released in 1971, "Won't Get Fooled Again" was later performed at Live Aid and Live 8.

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