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Aqualung - Jethro Tull (1971)

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Published on Feb 17, 2012

Sitting on a park bench
eyeing little girls with bad intent.
Snot running down his nose
greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes.
Drying in the cold sun
Watching as the frilly panties run.
Feeling like a dead duck
spitting out pieces of his broken luck.
Sun streaking cold
an old man wandering lonely.
Taking time
the only way he knows.
Leg hurting bad,
as he bends to pick a dog-end
he goes down to the bog
and warms his feet.

Feeling alone
the army's up the rode
salvation à la mode and
a cup of tea.
Aqualung my friend
don't start away uneasy
you poor old sod, you see, it's only me.
Do you still remember
December's foggy freeze
when the ice that
clings on to your beard is
screaming agony.
And you snatch your rattling last breaths
with deep-sea-diver sounds,
and the flowers bloom like
madness in the spring.

"Aqualung" was the title track from Jethro Tull's fourth album which was released in 1971. This is the album that really broke the group out to massive popularity they achieved. Aqualung has always played like a concept album to me (though Ian Anderson has always strongly stated it is not), it's compositions dealing with a central theme "the distinction between religion and God". Side One was labeled "Aqualung" and side two was labeled "God".

This incredible album, which Rolling Stone included it on their list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", at number 337 (UK magazine Q listed it a number 7 in their "40 Cosmic Rock Albums") was remastered (by Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson) for it's 40th Anniversary and (though I've owned nearly every sonic upgrade ever released) the sound is extraordinary....finally!

The track Aqualung was written by Ian and his wife Jennie, apparently after she had taken some photos of homeless people along the Thames. Martin Barre's solo on this track was included in Guitarist magazine's list of "The 20 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time" at number 20.

Special thanks to: Paulstam48's Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/paulstam48) for the wildflower madness video and radma.ca (http://radmad.blogspot.com/) for the cool old aqualungish dude image...and of course, as usual, any one else whose contributions helped make this video possible!

Dedicated to my cousin Le Moey whose Jethro Tull records had such a huge influence on me and started me down the path to a lifelong passion for rock and roll.

Video clips: Jethro Tull: Live at Madison Square Garden 1978.....a MUST have DVD if you are a Jethro Tull fan. Awesome performance captured with great sound and video! (http://www.amazon.com/Jethro-Tull-Mad...)

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