A2Z 2021 Jethro Tull Songs Day 18 Reasons for Waiting (from Stand Up)

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ClemofNazareth said of the song:

Reasons for waiting is a bit of a jam song, just a little bit of pretty much every instrument on the album finds its way into this one. Here again the bass is surprising prominent for a folk album.

The Whistler says:

Reasons for Waiting is another lush ballad, and it sounds suspiciously like “Look into the Sun,” with the lyrics softer, and the musical emphasis being transferred to flute and a string quartet (David Palmer is already an unofficial member). Oh well, it’s a great tune Ian ripped himself off with, and it’s still gorgeous.

Chicapah says about the song:

Next is the beautiful “Reasons for Waiting,” an extraordinary ballad that features organ, harmony flute lines and a lush orchestral score behind Ian’s honest vocal. “Came a thousand miles/just to catch you while you’re smiling” he sings. Melts your heart, don’t it?

And finally, Tarkus1980 says:

“Look Into the Sun” and “Reasons For Waiting” do sound a bunch alike, but they’re still simply gorgeous, and they’re easily the best slow ballads that Ian would ever write (though a small number come close). The latter is also the first instance of David Palmer’s association with the band, as he arranged strings for it in a wonderful way. Keywords for these are: rich vocals, crisp tender vocal melodies, logical chord progressions, gorgeous fluting.

All quotes from Prog Archives, a WONDERFUL source for detailed music reviews.


What a sight for my eyes
To see you in sleep.
Could it stop the sun rise
Hearing you weep?
You’re not seen, you’re not heard
But I stand by my word.
Came a thousand miles
Just to catch you while you’re smiling.

What a day for laughter
And walking at night.
Me following after, your hand holding tight.
And the memory stays clear with the song that you hear.
If I can but make
The words awake the feeling.

What a reason for waiting
And dreaming of dreams.
So here’s hoping you’ve faith in impossible schemes,
That are born in the sigh of the wind blowing by
While the dimming light brings the end to a night of loving.
Songwriter: Ian Anderson

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I’ve been listening to this as I work…their songs are sprawling…they have their on natural flow about them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ yes, they do. Isn't this one beautiful?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Yes it is Lisa…I still have it on while I work on a project

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  2. Lovely mellow ballad – it’s definitely a tension release for me.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I hear you, Deborah. This song takes me to another place ❤

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  3. Definitely one of their best!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s transportive!


  4. Frédérique says:

    A lot of very good music reviews, for a beautiful song!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ahtdoucette says:

    Oh, this is a beautiful song. So smooth and some of the harmonies are just dreamy.

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Another song it’s great to hear again. I hadn’t realized how much this music was woven into my youth. (K)

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  7. Ahh, I like the lovely flute prelude!

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