This song was written for Pete Townsend's rock opera "Lifehouse," a follow-up to "Tommy." "Lifehouse" was never produced. Our traditio song was written from the point-of-view of "Jumbo," who is the villan of the story and controls The Grid, which is a cyber world somewhat akin to that in the Matrix. Jumbo is angst-ridden due to all the pressure of controlling The Grid. "Behind Blue Eyes" was written as his theme song.
Besides, despite my homily last Sunday, there's a shade of how I feel at present about various things. So, music to salve my wound a bit.
Before I use it and lose my cool
When I smile, tell me some bad news
Before I laugh and act like a fool