Budapest – Jethro Tull

(the translation wasn’t clear.) Could be a budding stately hero. International competition in a year. She was a good enough reason for a party… (well, you couldn’t keep up on a hard track mile) while she ran a perfect circle. And she wore a perfect smile in Budapest…hot night in Budapest. We had to cozzy-up […]

Thinking Round Corners – Jethro Tull

Can’t sleep? Head spin? Don’t think in circles, it’ll do you in. Think back to the dream you had; no sense of being good or bad. Jump to the left, jump to the right. Think round corners into night. Let’s go in wet corridors: dive down drains Draw strength from machinery, it’s all the same. […]

Like A Tall Thin Girl – Jethro Tull

I’d rather do a Vindaloo: take away is what I want. I was down at the old Bengal, having telephoned a treat when I saw her framed in the kitchen door. She looked good enough to eat. (And I mean eat.) She was a tall thin girl. She looked like a tall thin girl. She […]

Another Christmas Song – Jethro Tull

Hope everyone’s connected to that long distance phone. Old man, he’s a mountain. Old man, he’s an island. Old man he’s a-waking says ” I’m going to call, call all my children home.” Hope everybody’s dancing to their own drum, this fine morning – The beat of distant Africa or a Polish factory town. Old […]

Jump Start – Jethro Tull

Law and order in darkest Knightsbridge. Crime and punishment at play. Hey, Mr. Policeman won’t you come on over. Hook me up to the power lines of your love. Jump start, or tow me away. And through the bruised machinery, the smoking haze of industry. Another day with ball and chain. I do my time […]

Nobody’s Car – Jethro Tull

Mr. No-one at the wheel of Nobody’s Car. Wet pavements, thin apartments – Quiet dissent from darkened doorways. I want out alive. Speak up for me if you can. So, careful how you drive in tourist city. Slap in front of my hotel – it’s Nobody’s Car Is that my limousine? No, it’s Nobody’s Car […]

Heavy Water – Jethro Tull

A burning in my yes, like it was broad daylight. And it was hot, down these in the crowd. The stars went out behind a thunder cloud. Chatter in the air, like a telegraph line. Big drops hissing on the neon sign. Thumping in my heart, and it’s hurting me to see Smokestack blowing, now […]

… And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps – Jethro Tull

Swishing through the rye grass with thoughts of mouse-and-apple pie Tail balancing at half-mast. … And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps *** lying in the cherry tree Savage bed food-warmer of priest feline ancestry. Look out, little furry folk! *** He’s the all-nighi working cat Eats but one in every ten *** leaves the others […]

Quizz Kid – Jethro Tull

Postal competition crazy Though you wear the dunce’s cap Win a fortnight in Ibiza – line-up for the big hand-out You’ll never know unless you try – What winning’s all about – be a Quizz Kid Six days later there’s a rush telegram Drop everything and telephone this number if you can It’s a free […]

Out Of The Noise – Jethro Tull

Frozen at the stop-sign too. See that crazy suicide mongrel. He’s going to try to cross that avenue. Old dog of experience, Ripping through the black and yellow cabs, Dodging rickshaws and the bicycle boys. He’s got his mind on someone else’s dinner – Over the road, round the corner, out of the noise. Lives […]

Under Wraps – Jethro Tull

Circulate. Need to know Stamp the date upon your file Masquerade, but well worth while Wrapped in the warmth of you Wrapped up in your smile Wrapped in the folds of your attention Wear an air – ( keep mum ) Of casual indifference Careful how you go About your usual business Wrapped in the […]

Rare And Precious Chain – Jethro Tull

Do I have to tell you, tell you once again? Under red lights, on soft nights, it all comes back to you. Rare and precious chain – Binds me to your soul round gently pulsing veins. Shackled tight, feel love’s bite coming back to you. No gold of fools. No hostage taking. No engagement rules […]

Mother Goose – Jethro Tull

I came upon Mother Goose – so I turned her loose she was screaming. And a foreign student said to me was it really true there are elephants and lions too in Piccadilly Circus. Walked down by the bathing pond to try and catch some sun. Saw at least a hundred schoolgirls sobbing into hankerchiefs […]

Flying Dutchman – Jethro Tull

Standing by the harbour wall; warm wishes sending children on the cold sea swell – not fishers of men – gone to chase away the last herring: come empty home again. So come all you lovers of the good life on your supermarket run – Set a sail of your own devising and be there […]

Dark Ages – Jethro Tull

said the lady in her parlour said the butler in the hall. Is there time for another? said the drunkard in his sleep. Not likely said the little child. What’s done the Lord can keep. And the vicar stands a-praying And the television dies as the white dot flickers and is gone and no-one stops […]

Dogs In The Midwinter – Jethro Tull

when things are stacked up bad? You look around and every face you see seems guaranteed to send you mad. And you peer into those hallowed institutions. And they bark at you from every side. But the bite goes wide. I see them running with their tails hanging low like dogs in the midwinter. The […]

From A. Dead Beat To An Old Greaser – Jethro Tull

Here’s thinking of you You won’t remember the long nights Coffee bars; black tights and white thighs in shop windows Where blonde assistants fully-fashioned A world made of dummies (with no mummies or daddies to reject them) When bombs were banned every Sunday And the Shadows did FBI And tired young sax-players their instruments of […]

Pussy Willow – Jethro Tull

She sighs and shifts on the pillow And across her face dancing, the first shadows fly To kiss the Pussy Willow. In her fairy-tale world she’s a lost soul singing In a sad voice nobody hears She waits in her castle of make – believing For her white knight to appear. Pussy Willow – down […]

Radio Free Moscow – Jethro Tull

Lock on to the ether – squeeze the signal through and through War of the air-waves making scare-waves. I’m getting pictures from my radio. Moscow Radio. Voice of America – symbol of the free Mine of disinformation pleading sympathy Down in the cold-war games forever naming names I’m getting pictures from my Radio (Free Moscow) […]

Songs From The Wood – Jethro Tull

To make you feel much better than you could know – ust you down from tip to toe – Show you how the garden grows – Hold you steady as you go – Join the chorus if you can: It’ll make of you an honest man. Let me bring you love from the field: Poppies […]

Protect And Survive – Jethro Tull

8 lbs. of over pressure wave seemed to glue him to the wall They said protect and you’ll survive E. M. P. took out the radio – ( and our milkman didn’t call ) Flash blinded by the pretty lights, didn’t see his bottles fall Or feel the warm black rain arrive Big friendly cloud […]

Roots To Branches – Jethro Tull

Old meanings move in the drift of time. Lift the flickering torches. See gentle shadows change The features of the faces cut in unmoving stone. Bad mouth on a prayer day, hope no-ones listening. Roots down in the wet clay, branches glistening. True disciples carrying that message To colour just a little with their personal […]

White Innocence – Jethro Tull

Didn’t look like any summer of love: just a thousand weekend warriors in a muddy field. She was the hand to fit my glove. Funny thing, the innocence of the lonely. Funny thing, the charm of the young. See how she moves just like two angels (in white innocence). Yet one of them is on […]

Crazed Institution – Jethro Tull

Just a little 3-chord trick embedded in your platform soul You can wear a gold Piaget on your Semaphore wrist You can dance the old adage with a new dapper twist And you can ring a crown of roses round your cranium Live and die upon your cross of platinum Join the crazed institution of […]

Hunting Girl – Jethro Tull

by where the hounds ran hard And on the master raced behind, the hunters chased to where the pass was barred. One fine young lady’s refused the tence to clear I un-locked the gatebut she did wait until the pack had disappeared. Crop-handle carved in bone, sat high upon a throne of finest Engleesh leather […]

The Rattlesnake Trail – Jethro Tull

And I’m falling on my head, lifting feet on lead – Now it’s got me baying at the moon. Well, there’s a race on for tomorrow. I’m stretching out for what might have been. Going to come out from the night, get my second sight – Play round – you know what I mean. I’m […]

Lap Of Luxury – Jethro Tull

Rent man called twice today I hope some day you’ll find me In the Lap Of Luxury Searched for a new apartment But they drow on trees Just want to lay my head In the Lap Of Luxury Stepped out on a new horizon Felt a new spring in my feet Found a job, it […]

Rocks On The Road – Jethro Tull

Ship’s lights, green eyes glowing in the dark. Two young cops handing out a beating: know how to hurt and leave no mark. Down in the half-lit bar of the hotel there’s a call for the last round of the day. Push back the bar stool, take that elevator ride. Fall in bed and kick […]

Undressed To Kill – Jethro Tull

Pull a cnair up to the table, have to look the other way. What kind of place am I in? And who’s this over here? Shaking through the silver bubbles climbing through my beer. Won’t let it move me, but I can’t sit still. Could you meet the eyes of a working girl Undressed to […]

The Whaler’s Dues – Jethro Tull

It’s the whaler’s dues. I’ve been running borrowed time, if truth’s to be told. Two whales in the ocean, cruising the night Search for each other before we turn out thir light. Been accused of deep murder on thee North Atlantic swell But I have three hungry children and a young wife as well. And […]

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