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THE WHO, Pictures Of Lily

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Pictures of Lily, The Who
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According to Pete Townshend in the 2006 book Lyrics by Rikky Rooksby, "the idea was inspired by a picture my girlfriend had on her wall of an old Vaudeville star – Lily Bayliss [sic]. It was an old 1920s postcard and someone had written on it 'Here's another picture of Lily – hope you haven't got this one.' It made me think that everyone has a pin-up period."

Lillie Langtry, the music hall star, died in 1929, the year mentioned in the song. Townshend's statement is unlikely to refer to Lilian Baylis, the theatre manager, who died in 1937.[3]

Mark Wilkerson quotes Townshend as writing that the song is "Merely a ditty about masturbation and the importance of it to a young man.

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