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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

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The Who's Pete Townshend is releasing his memoirs this week.

One of the most surprising news to come out of his book is the revelation that he wrote a tribute to Scottish Premier League club Dundee United under legendary manager and chairman Jim McLean, who was chairman and ruled United with an iron hand from 1988 to 2000.

The tribute is called "Substitute"

Here it is :

"You think I control management duty

But someone's Harry Corbett and I'm just Sooty

I'm a substitute for another guy

He's old and bald and sits on high

Decisions are made in other places

I'm only here on a temporary basis...yeh

Substitute - me for him

Substitute - his name's Jim

Substitute - must be obeyed

At least I'll get my mortgage paid

I work here with one hand tied behind my back

The only certain thing is that I'll get the sack

Now you dare to say I run the show

I've got no power, I've got no dough

The simple things you see are all complicated

Not all of us were sad to get relegated

Substitute - him for me

Substitute - that's reality

Substitute - he's to the fore

At least it's my name on the door

Substitute - a limited co.

Substitute - until I go

Substitute - yo ho ho

Substitute - the status quo"

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