When Pete Townshend wrote that lyric oh some 40 years ago, did he know he was writing a battle cry for a generation that went beyond his own? Surely he must have. But did he know that his own words could be turned against him when he turned 30, 40, 50...
Obviously a metaphor for being young at heart, the lyrics to "My Generation" transcend a time/place fix....they suit anyone who's young at heart.
Unfortunately, rock n roll has more than its fair share of young deaths. Punk rockers are no stranger to dying before they get old....from freaks like GG Allin to the conservative Johnny Ramone.
In the words of punk rock poet Jim Carroll, here are people who died... they were my friends, but they died:
Jeffrey Lee Pierce
Dee Dee Ramone