Oct 03

Life’s a Long Song.

In the mid-1970’s, flutist and intrepid Scot poet, Ian Anderson formed the group Jethro Tull. The band name is of course, taken from the British agriculturist responsible for creating many of the tools and methods still used today. The bands performance was theatrical and loud! Ian with his tights and codpiece prancing about the stage as he would play his flute. As the boys grew older they ditched the tights, though held onto their great sound and thought-provoking lyrics. One of my favorites from the old Jethro Tull days;


LIfe’s a Long Song

By Ian Anderson

When you’re falling awake
And you take stock of the new day
And you hear your voice croak
As you choke on what you need to say,

Well, don’t you fret, don’t you fear,
I will give you good cheer.
Life’s a long song,
Life’s a long song,

Life’s a long song.
If you wait then your plate I will fill.
As the verses unfold and your soul
Suffers the long day

And the twelve o’clock gloom
Spins the room, you struggle on your way,
Well, don’t you sigh, don’t you cry,
Lick the dust from your eye.

We’ll meet in the sweet light of dawn.
As the Baker Street train spills your pain
All over your new dress
And the symphony sounds underground

Puts you under duress,
Well, don’t you squeal as the heel
Grinds you under the wheels.
Life’s a long song,

Life’s a long song,
Life’s a long song,
But the tune ends too soon for us all


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    • Diane on October 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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    Someone as good live as on record and excellent with a full album as Pink Flloyd used to do rather than “tracks”. Possibly, very possibly, a younger audience would not like them but Passion Play and Thick as a Brick were exceptional of their time in my opinion.

    1. Yes, agreed.
      I did not have an opportunity to see JT until late in their career, but they certainly had a high energy level in performance!
      By contrast, a couple of the Hot Tuna shows we attended in recent years, had far less punch than the “good old days”.
      Cheers and thanks for the comment.

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