Let My Love Open the Door (1980) – Pete Townshend 

Let My Love Open the Door is a song written and performed by Pete Townshend from his 1980 album Empty Glass. That year, it reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, but less successful in Britian reaching 46. Cash Box called it a “joyous, blissful tune [that] features a stirring keyboard-synthesizer melody and multi-tracked high harmonies.” Initially, Townshend’s manager despised the track due to it “not sounding like Townshend“.

[Verse 1]
When people keep repeatin’
That you’ll never fall in love
When everybody keeps retreatin’
But you can’t seem to get enough

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door

Peter Dennis Townshend is an English musician and co-founder, leader, guitarist, second lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the Who, one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. While known primarily as a guitarist, Townshend also plays keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar, and drums; he is self-taught on all of these instruments. 

Despite the song’s critical and commercial success, Pete Townshend did not consider it one of his best songs. He told Rolling Stone that Let My Love Open the Door was “just a ditty” also claiming that he preferred his minor U.S. hit A Little Is Enough from the same album.

1. Let My Love Open the Door – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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7 comments on “Let My Love Open the Door (1980) – Pete Townshend 
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    The Who were upset at him that he saved this one for himself…great song

    • I am ignorant of the Who. I’m sure I have listened to a lot of their music, but I didn’t / couldn’t register with it.

      I was umming and erring whether to include this song on the list. Anyhow, despite not having any personal connection with it, I decided to go with it.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        I mean…I do like The Who’s stuff more than just Townshend most of the time….but he did have some good songs like this one and Face to Face.

      • Listening to Face to Face now. Very 80’s production. Not my music and that’s to put it nicely. Some good jazz parts mixed with rock.

        I was listening to the music that Jeff (eclectic Music lover) who you put me onto and his latest post about NAVE’s record.

        It will take a few weeks to absorb that one. From what I’ve heard so far, I think it’s awesome.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes he does have some great new music at times that I would never find.
        Oh Matt…just to tell you…I’ll be taking a break after Wednesday… for around 2-3 weeks. Work has me so damn busy I can hardly post at times.

      • No problem Buddy. I hope you are able to reconcile everything required of your job. I look forward to seeing you back after doing your thing. I’ll miss your posts. Cheers.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Thanks Matt and the same to you.

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