A2Z 2021 Jethro Tull Songs Day 12 Life is a Long Song (from a 1971 EP and 1972 compilation album)

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The EP had only this song on it. Living in the Past at 87 ½ minutes, came between Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, both concept albums without standard-length tracks.

TomOzric at Prog Archives said about, “Living in the Past”:

…is a semi-compilation album featuring a host of non-album tracks and singles, one track off each of the first 4 studio albums, and one side of Live material. It serves as a wonderful introduction to a really great band, and the selection of songs all display the versatility of the musicians involved. This covers their early years with their somewhat ‘simpler’ approach to bluesy/folky rock music, although the Live tracks hint at what was to come…

“Life Is a Long Song” reached No. 11 in the UK charts.

The song is centered around Anderson’s acoustic guitar playing, and the lyrics talking about everyday life, concluding that “the tune ends too soon for us all.” It is the first Jethro Tull recording to feature drummer Barriemore Barlow, who had joined the group shortly before.

Sources:
wikipedia
Prog Archives

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

Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
Life’s a long song
We will 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
Put 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
But the tune ends too soon for us all
Songwriter: Ian Anderson

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I know this one…I knew more than I thought. This one is a nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I included this with one of my poems recently, so maybe that is why it sounds familiar?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        That probably did it but also I have heard this one before and I really like it

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re very welcome, Frederique!

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  2. Life is indeed a long song for some, and for now at least, we can say it goes on and on. Enjoyed your choice of music for today.
    https://gail-baugniet.blogspot.com

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Gail 🙂

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  3. The lyrics of the final verse are spot on! A great song I’d forgotten about until now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to remind you of it, Keith.

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  4. memadtwo says:

    I know this one too–I love the gentleness of it. And it’s true–life’s a long song. (K)

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  5. ahtdoucette says:

    Mm, life is a long song! Love how delicately this one makes the mundane feel a little bit better.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed! It’s a good’n.

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  6. Anne Nydam says:

    I wasn’t familiar with this more folksy style from them.
    Black and White: L for Luilekkerland

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    1. msjadeli says:

      They cross many genres over the years.

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  7. A good example why I like this music.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      He made a remake of this with a small orchesta group not that long ago that sounds just as good now as it did back then.

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      1. Yes. It would stand the test of time.

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