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Blue, Red and Grey

"Blue, Red and Grey"
Song by The Who from the album The Who by Numbers
Released 3 October 1975
Recorded April – 12 June 1975
Genre Rock
Length 2:47
Label Polydor, MCA
Writer Pete Townshend
Producer Glyn Johns
The Who by Numbers track listing

"Blue, Red and Grey" is the eighth track from The Who's 1975 album The Who by Numbers. An acoustic ballad featuring the song's writer, Pete Townshend, on lead vocals, the song is generally considered one of the lighter songs on the album.


"Blue, Red and Grey" is sung by Pete Townshend, with the only instrumentation being Townshend on ukelele and John Entwistle playing horns.[1] A group version of the song was recorded, but the recording was apparently lost.[1]

[It] was a ukelele ditty with John Entwistle adding brass band to the misty middle distance. It was about nothing at all; it reminded me of an old Smiley Smile Beach Boys number.
—Pete Townshend[2]

Although Roger Daltrey, who was absent on the final track, claimed that the song was one of his favorites off the album, Townshend disliked the song and did not want it to be released.[1][2] However, producer Glyn Johns successfully pushed for its inclusion on The Who by Numbers.

Glyn Johns wanted it on the album. I cringed when he picked it. He heard it on a cassette and said, 'What's that?' I said, 'Nothing.' He said, 'No. Play it.' I said, 'Really, it's nothing. Just me playing a ukulele.' But he insisted on doing it. I said, 'What? That fucking thing? Here's me wanting to commit suicide and you're going to put that thing on the record?'
—Pete Townshend[1]

The song cross-fades with "They Are All In Love" in the 1996 remaster of the album, but in the original version, it did not.


In contrast to many songs on The Who by Numbers, "Blue, Red and Grey" features mostly positive lyrics, with a repeating phrase of "I like every minute of the day being repeated throughout the song.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Cady, Brian. "'The Who by Numbers' liner notes". The Hypertext Who. 
  2. ^ a b c Grantley, S. & Parker, A.G. (2010). The Who by Numbers. Helter Skelter. p. 146. ISBN 9781905139262. 

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