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This post was modified from its original form on 05 Nov, 8:16
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Thick As A Brick


Songwriters: IAN ANDERSON

  • Really don't mind
  •  if you sit this one out.
  • My words but a whisper
  • -- your deafness a shout.


I may make you feel
but I can't make you think.
Your sperms in the gutter
-- your loves in the sink.

  • So you ride yourselves
  • over the fields
  • and you make all your animal deals
  • and your wise men don't knowhow it feels........
  • ....... to be thick as a brick.


And the sand-castle virtues
are all swept away in
The tidal destruction
The moral melee.

The elastic retreat
 rings the close of play
as the last wave uncovers
The newfangled way.

  • But your new shoes are worn at the heels
  • and your suntan does rapidly peel
  • and your wise men don't know
  •  how it feels.................
  • to be thick as a brick.


And the love that I feel is so far away:
I'm a bad dream
 that I just had today
-- And you shake your head and
......Say it's a shame.

Spin me back down the years
and the days of my youth.
Draw the lace and black curtains
and shut out the whole truth.
Spin me down the long ages:
 let them sing the song.

See there is son is born
-- and we pronounce him fit to fight.
There are black-heads on his shoulders,
and he pees himself in the night.
Well make a man of him!
Put him to trade
Teach him
To play monopoly and
To sing in the rain.

The poet and the painter
casting shadows on the water --
As the sun plays on the infantry
returning from the sea.

The do-er and the thinker:
no allowance for the other --
As the failing light
illuminates the mercenarys creed.

The home fire burning:
the kettle almost boiling --
But the master of the house
......is far away.

The horses stamping --
 their warm breath clouding
In the sharp and frosty morning of the day.
And the poet lifts his pen
while the soldier sheaths his sword.

And the youngest of the family
is moving with authority.
Building castles by the sea,
he dares the tardy tide
 to wash them all aside.

The cattle quietly grazing
at the grass down by the river
Where the swelling mountain water
moves onward to the sea:

The builder of the castles
renews the age-old purpose
And contemplates the milking girl
whose offer is his need.

The young men of the household
have all gone into service and
..... not to be expected for a year.
The innocent young master
-- thoughts moving ever faster --
Has formed the plan to change
 the man he seems.

And the poet sheaths his pen
while the soldier lifts his sword.
And the oldest of the family
 is moving with authority.
Coming from across the sea,
he challenges the son
who puts him to the run.

What do you do when
The old mans gone -- do you want to be him? and
Your real self sings the song.
Do you want to free him?
No one to help you get up steam --
And the whirlpool turns you `way off-beam.

Later.
I've come down from the upper class
to mend your rotten ways.
My father was a man-of-power
whom everyone obeyed.

So come on all you criminals!
I've got to put you straight
just like I did with my old man --
Twenty years too late.

Your bread and waters going cold.
Your hair is too short and neat.
Ill judge you all.......
and make damn sure

that no-one judges me.

You curl your toes in fun as you smile at everyone
-- you meet the stares.
Youre unaware that your doings aren't done.
And you laugh most ruthlessly
as you tell us what not to be.
But how are we supposed to see
where we should run?

I see you shuffle in the courtroom with
Your rings upon your fingers and
Your downy little sidies and
Your silver-buckle shoes.
Playing at the hard case,
you follow the example of the comic-paper idol
.............Who lets you bend the rules.

So!
Come on ye childhood heroes!
Wont you rise up from the pages of your comic-books
Your super crooks
And show us all the way.

Well! make your will and testament. wont you?
Join your local government.
Well have superman for president
Let robin save the day.

You put your bet on number one and it comes up every time.
The other kids have all backed down and they put you first in line.
And so you finally ask yourself just how big you are --
And take your place in a wiser world of bigger motor cars.
And you wonder who to call on.

So! where the hell was biggles when you needed him last saturday?
And where were all the sportsmen who always pulled you though?
They're all resting down in cornwall --
Writing up their memoirs for a paper-back edition
........Of the boy scout manual.

(Later)
See there! a man born --
and we pronounce him fit for peace.
There's a load lifted from his shoulders
 ....with the discovery of his disease.

Well, take the child from him
Put it to the test
Teach it to be a wise man
How to fool the rest.




This post was modified from its original form on 05 Nov, 8:34
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2 years ago

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We will be geared to the average
rather than the exceptional
God is an overwhelming responsibility
We walked through the maternity ward and saw 218 babies wearing nylons
Cats are on the upgrade
Upgrade? hipgrave. oh, mac.

(Later)
In the clear white circles of morning wonder,
I take my place with the lord of the hills.
And the blue-eyed soldiers
stand slightly discoloured (in neat little rows)
Sporting canvas frills.
With their jock-straps pinching,
 they slouch to attention,
While queueing for sarnies at the office canteen.
Saying -- hows your granny and
Good old ernie: he coughed up a tenner on a premium bond win.
The legends (worded in the ancient tribal hymn)
 lie cradledIn the seagulls call.

And all the promises they made are
ground beneath the sadists fall.
The poet and the wise man stand behind the gun,
And signal for the crack of dawn.
Light the sun.

Do you believe in the day? do you?
Believe in the day! the dawn creation of the kings has begun.
Soft venus (lonely maiden) brings the ageless one.
Do you believe in the day?

The fading hero has returned to the night
-- and fully pregnant with the day,
Wise men endorse the poets sight.
Do you believe in the day? do you? believe in the day!

Let me tell you the tales of your life of
Your love and the cut of the knife
The tireless oppression
The wisdom instilled
The desire to kill or be killed.

Let me sing of the losers
who lie in the street as the last bus goes by.
The pavements aer empty:
the gutters run red -- while the fool
Toasts his God in the sky.

So come all ye young men who are building castles!
Kindly state the time of the year
join your voices in a hellish chorus.
Mark the precise nature of your fear.

Let me help you pick up your dead
as the sins of the father are fed with
The blood of the fools and
The thoughts of the wise and
From the pan under your bed.

Let me make you a present of song as
The wise man breaks wind and is gone while
The fool with the hour-glass is cooking his goose and
The nursery rhyme winds along.

So! come all ye young men who are building castles!
Kindly state the time of the year
join your voices in a hellish chorus.
Mark the precise nature of your fear.

See! the summer lightning casts it's bolts upon you
And the hour of judgement draweth near.

Would you be the fool
who stood in his suit of armour
or the wiser man
who rushes clear.

So! come on ye childhood heroes!
Wont your rise up from the pages of your comic-books
Your super-crooks and
Show us all the way.

Well! make your will and testament.
Wont you? join your local government.
Well have superman for president
Let robin save the day.

So! where the hell was biggles when you needed him last saturday?
And where were all the sportsmen who always pulled you through?
They're all resting down in cornwall -- writing up their memoirs
For a paper-back edition of the boy scout manual.

  • Of course...................
  • So you ride yourselves over the fields
  • and you make all your animal deals
  • and your wise men don't know how it feels
  • ....... to be thick as a brick.

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2 years ago

I had forgotten that the song was that long.

Thanks!

2 years ago

Awesome tune, I own the album.  Got the special edition, with the live version thrown on, too.  Great stuff!  

2 years ago

I saw them play in a small theater in Albany, NY many years ago.  The stage was set in red and purple with white, red and blue spotlights.  Ian Anderson came out and said:  "You know, I haven't played in a place this small in many years.".  He proceeded to  put on perhaps the finest show of his career.........   Acoustics were incredible.  It was absolutely mesmerizing. 





This post was modified from its original form on 05 Nov, 15:36
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This post was modified from its original form on 06 Nov, 0:30
2 years ago

I saw Tull on Long Island at a baloon-fair that was sponsored by my company of the time (A&P Waldbaum's) so we got tickets pretty cheap.  IT was their "Leg To Stand On" Tour, because Ian had injured himself, and came out on stage with crutches, lol.  But they played very well, put on a great show.  Very entertaining, I could have stood for 2 more hours, since their catalog of great tunes is such a large one. 

Many people make fun of them for being so weeird in their approach, but I love it.  It's my relax music, my peace.  It's like Europe's version of Country.  American Country can't compare!  lol 

2 years ago

Couldn't agree more Shane.  I haven't seen them is years but Anderson is quite the showman.    And weird?   

A rock band weird?  .....Who would have thought? 

Bouree
2 years ago

Jethro Tull in 1969 - a reminiscence (to Johann Sebastian Bach)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHKmrHeA65g

Yeah, Jim Jethro Tull has THE SOMETHING, glad you posted this masterpiece

2 years ago

Tull is still going, Jim, believe it or not.  THey just came out with "Thick As A Brick II", actually, which is supposed to be a catch-up story of the character depicted n the original. 

Parsifal, great tune, also.  That's "Suite E Minor" tricked out; a Christmas song, I think.  At least that's where I've seen "Suite E Minor", is on a Christmas album.  And Bouree is on Tull's Christmas album, too, if I'm not mistaken, even though it originates from their "Stand Up" album. 

I think my favorite song out of Tull's catalog is this one:

2 years ago

Great thread, Jim

2 years ago

Music brings us together if we let it. 

2 years ago

Yes  Shane, I heard about "Thick as a Brick 2" from Tom Woods, the constitutional scholar  and libertarian writer.  He used to be a neo-con years ago, but he is now a leading advocate for peace and liberty.  He links up a lot of Tull and talked about "Thick as a Brick 2" which he saw during it's first public showing a few weeks ago in Chicago.  

2 years ago

Shane you found my weak point, it's Jethro Tull, way TOO many memories are connected with their music, specially Heavy Horses or songs from the wood which accompanied my time in the ME.

But also the Dire Straits were my accompanists and Oldfield's crisis.

As you said, Katii, great topic, agree wholeheartedly with your accolade and Jim - THANKS so much for posting.

Songs from the wood London 1977

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BVQdFoQRiU

http://www.plandevuelo.cl/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/ian-anderson.jpg

2 years ago

Thanks Parisfal.  And for the video!  Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson at his best!  The looks, the eyebrows (LOL), the prancing, the melody and harmony of the group!  . 

2 years ago

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you" You cannot currently send a star to Jim because you have done so within the last week.

2 years ago

Yeah, therefore I picked the LIVE version lol

But Jim, we made a fatal error.

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'Throwing pearls before the swines'

Do you have any quote suitable to this ?

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