Jethro Tull



Jethro Tull

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1967 to 2011
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Blackpool, England, United Kingdom
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English progressive rock band
Biography
Jethro Tull was an English rock band. Their music covered ground including progressive rock, hard rock, folk and blues. The band released 21 studio albums over their 47-year career. The only constant member throughout the band's history was frontman Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, guitar), although guitarist Martin Barre was present for all albums except their debut. Their 1971 album Aqualung was by far their most commercially successful work, and is certified triple Platinum in the US. The band's subsequent releases Thick as a Brick (1972) and A Passion Play (1973) both reached the number one spot on the US Billboard chart. Jethro Tull split up in 2014, with Anderson leaving to focus on his solo career.
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I cannot believe there are so few interpretations available online for this song.
The album also contains a song with "Dharma" in the title which suggests familiarity with a Buddhist context.
I see the song being about purpose and meaning in life, a worry about being able to carry on in today’s society, and a sub-theme about drugs, either literally or as a metaphor for the wider empty satisfactions of a materialist society. “One foot in the graveyard” refers to death and the pull towards giving up a hollow life, or on the other hand “one foot on the bus” with the rest of materialist society, who are empty of meaning, intent only to get their kicks how they can - useless to look to the “chicken-hearted lawman” as authority for leadership and support when everyone is beating a path to the doctor's door to feel better by taking the latest pill.
The second verse may also be implicitly Buddhist in inspiration: trying to love everyone is difficult when the ideals of the 60's have given way to cynicism, materialism and selfishness, Hypocrites still spout the hippy ideals while busy with selfishness, and whores who have sold themselves out; “drowning in the fountain of life” may refer to the attractions of the materialist world, or samsara as it is often called: how can they all be so callous and insensitive to the spiritual suffering of such a purposeless existence where I don’t fit in with all the bullshit; without meaning, life is purposeless and death is attractive, and the only way to cope is to take the damn pill again

Top Songs by Jethro Tull


Bursting Out

Thick as a Brick

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M.U.: The Best of Jethro Tull

Thick as a Brick [Edit]

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Aqualung

My God

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Aqualung

Hymn 43

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Repeat: The Best of Jethro Tull, Volume 2

Crosseyed Mary

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Aqualung

Slipstream

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Thick as a Brick, Part 1

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Lick Your Fingers Clean

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Living in the Past

Living in the Past

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Minstrel in the Gallery

Cold Wind to Valhalla

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Albums, Releases & Mixtapes


Jethro Tull - The String Quartets

Jethro Tull - The String Quartets

Jethro Tull March 24, 2017

12 Tracks

Heavy Horses / Songs From the Wood

Heavy Horses / Songs From the Wood

Jethro Tull January 16, 2017

22 Tracks

Stand Up (Steven Wilson Remix)

Stand Up (Steven Wilson Remix)

Jethro Tull November 18, 2016

17 Tracks

WarChild

WarChild

Jethro Tull November 24, 2014

90 Tracks

A Passion Play / The Chateau D'Herouville Sessions

A Passion Play / The Chateau D'Herouville Sessions

Jethro Tull June 27, 2014

19 Tracks

Benefit (Steven Wilson Mix)

Benefit (Steven Wilson Mix)

Jethro Tull October 28, 2013

15 Tracks

This Was

This Was

Jethro Tull January 1, 2013

10 Tracks

Thick as a Brick

Thick as a Brick

Jethro Tull November 2, 2012

8 Tracks

5 Album Set

5 Album Set

Jethro Tull October 12, 2012

49 Tracks

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