Love, Reign o'er Me

Love, Reign o'er Me

Infobox Single
Name = Love, Reign o'er Me

Artist = The Who
from Album = Quadrophenia
B-side = "Water"
Released = October 23, 1973
Format = 7" single
Recorded = May 1972 at Olympic Studios, London, England, with additional tracks recorded on June 8, 1973 at "The Kitchen"
Genre = Hard rock
Length =

  • 5:48 ("Quadrophenia" version)
  • 3:07 (Single version)
    Label = Track/MCA
    Writer = Pete Townshend
    Producer = The Who, Glyn Johns
    Certification =
    Chart position =
    Last single = "" (1973)
    This single = "Love, Reign o'er Me" (1973)
    Next single = "The Real Me" (1974)
    Misc = Extra tracklisting
    Album = Quadrophenia
    Type = studio
    prev_track = "The Rock"
    prev_no = Track 16
    this_track = "Love, Reign o'er Me"
    track_no = Track 17
    next_track =
    next_no =
    "Love, Reign o'er Me" is a song by the English rock band The Who, released on October 23, 1973 as the second single from the band's sixth studio album and second rock opera, "Quadrophenia" (1973). It is the final song on the album, and has been a concert staple for years. It peaked at number 76 on the "Billboard" Hot 100 and number 54 on "Cash Box". [ [ "Quadrophenia"] .]

    Origin and recording

    The song was written by guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend. "Love, Reign o'er Me", along with "Is It in My Head?" from "Quadrophenia", date back to 1972.


    The song concerns the main character of "Quadrophenia", Jimmy, having a personal crisis and stealing a boat to go off to a small island. With nothing left to live for, he finds a spiritual redemption in pouring rain. As Townshend described the song:

    [It] refers to Meher Baba's one time comment that rain was a blessing from God; that thunder was God's Voice. It's another plea to drown, only this time in the rain. Jimmy goes through a suicide crisis. He surrenders to the inevitable, and you know, you know, when it's over and he goes back to town he'll be going through the same shit, being in the same terrible family situation and so on, but he's moved up a level. He's weak still, but there's a strength in that weakness. He's in danger of maturing. [ [] ]

    Release and reception

    The single release is shorter than the album track, missing the introductory rolling surf sound and the first piano intro and tympani and gong crash, slightly different sequence of the lyrics and ends on string synthesizers with piano rather than the drum solo, guitar, gong and brass explosion as on the album. The single was released with a B-side titled "Water". The song peaked at number 76 on the "Billboard" Hot 100. Outside of the United States, the single was released in Belgium and the Netherlands.

    Frontman Roger Daltrey's vocal on the track has been widely praised; Mark Deming of Allmusic noted "Quadrophenia" captured him at the very peak of his powers, and "Love, Reign o'er Me" is one moment where his golden-haired rock-god persona truly works and gives this song all the force it truly deserves." [Deming, Mark. [ "Love, Reign o'er Me: Song Review"] . Allmusic.]

    The song served as inspiration for the title of the 2007 film "Reign Over Me" and was also featured extensively throughout the film.

    Live performances

    Live performances of "Love, Reign o'er Me" can be found on the live albums "Who's Last" and "Join Together". It was one of four songs performed at the band's one-off performance at Bob Geldof's Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985. When The Who performed "Quadrophenia" in its entirety in the summer of 1996, the band was joined by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on the song.

    Track listing

    ;7" Vinyl Single (US)
    #"Love, Reign o'er Me" (Pete Townshend) – 3:07
    #"Water" (Townshend)

    ;7" Vinyl Single (Belgium and The Netherlands)
    #"Love, Reign o'er Me" (Townshend) – 3:07
    #"Is It in My Head?" (Townshend) – 3:46

    Chart positions

    Pearl Jam's version

    Infobox Single
    Name = Love, Reign o'er Me
    Type = Single
    Artist = Pearl Jam
    from Album =
    B-side =

    Released = February 23, 2007
    Format = Digital download
    Recorded = 2006 at Studio X, Seattle, Washington and Southern Tracks Recording and Doppler, Atlanta, Georgia
    Genre = Alternative rock
    Length = 5:34
    Label = Monkey Wrench
    Producer = Pearl Jam, Brendan O'Brien
    Writer = Pete Townshend
    Chart position =
    Last single = "Gone" (2006)
    This single = "Love, Reign o'er Me" (2007)
    Next single =

    Pearl Jam released a cover of "Love, Reign o'er Me" for the 2007 film, "Reign Over Me", [Cohen, Jonathan. [ "Billboard Bits: Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey, Trick Pony"] . "Billboard". December 12, 2006.] which took its name from The Who's song. Pearl Jam's version is played over the end credits of the movie.

    Origin and recording

    Actor Adam Sandler approached singer Eddie Vedder after a 2006 Pearl Jam concert in Los Angeles, California about covering the song for the film. [Cohen, Jonathan. [ "With No Album On Horizon, Pearl Jam Touring For Fun"] . "Billboard". April 5, 2007.] Vedder was reluctant at first, however he agreed to do the cover only after talking to Daltrey, who called Vedder and gave his approval. [Whipp, Glenn. [ "Daltrey says ‘OK’ to Vedder’s cover: "Reign O’er Me" closes Sandler’s film"] . "Los Angeles Daily News". March 25, 2007.]

    Release and reception

    The song made a world premiere on the KISW-FM radio station on January 8, 2007. The track appears on Pearl Jam's 2006 Christmas Fan Club single along with a cover of "Rockin' in the Free World" featuring Bono and The Edge from U2. The cover was also made available as a single download from iTunes on February 23, 2007. Pearl Jam's version of the song peaked at number 32 on the "Billboard" Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

    Live performances

    Pearl Jam premiered its cover of the song live at the band's June 26, 2007 concert in Copenhagen, Denmark. [ [ "Pearl Jam Songs: "Love, Reign o'er Me""] .] It was one of two songs the band performed for in July 2008.

    Chart positions


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