JETHRO TULL : FROM A DEAD BEAT TO AN OLD GREASER [TOO OLD TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: TOO YOUNG TO DIE!, 1976]

Είπα να βάλω ένα απ’ τα blues των Jethro Tull αλλά για κάποιο λογο κατέληξα να ακούω αυτή την μπαλάντα. Ένα από τα πιο λυρικά κομμάτια που έχει γράψει ο Ian Anderson, υποτιμημένο σχετικά, όπως και συνολικά το άλμπουμ.

I thought of hearing one of the blues Jethro Tull, but for some reason I ended up listening to this exceptional ballad. One of the most lyrical songs
Ian Anderson has ever written, and a rather underestimated one – that goes for the entire album.

From a dead beat to an old greaser, here’s thinking of you.
You won’t remember the long nights;
Coffee bars; black tights and white thighs
In shop windows where blonde assistants fully-fashioned a world
Made of dummies (with no mommies or daddies to reject them).
When bombs were banned every Sunday and the Shadows played F.B.I.
And tired young sax-players sold their instruments of torture —
Sat in the station sharing wet dreams of Charlie Parker,
Jack Kerouac, René Magritte, to name a few of the heroes
Who were too wise for their own good — left the young brood to
Go on living without them.
Old queers with young faces — who remember your name,
Though you’re a dead beat with tired feet;
Two ends that don’t meet.
To a dead beat from an old greaser.
Think you must have me all wrong.
I didn’t care, friend. I wasn’t there, friend,
If it’s the price of pint that you need, ask me again.

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6 Comments

  1. Timothy Price January 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I can certainly relate about going from a deadbeat, long-haired hippie type flamenco gypsy to an old greasy geezer. But you are never too old to rock and roll and always too young to die.

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    1. Oannes January 22, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      Agreed 100%! Thank you.

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  2. Mark Armstrong January 22, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Dead Beat? Old Greaser? Mr. Tull must have been anticipating my decline back in 1976! But I’m not too old to rock ‘n’ roll– that’s why I listen to MK-O records!! 👍😊

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    1. Oannes January 23, 2021 at 11:34 am

      “Anticipating”? “Decline”? sir, you must be joking…
      I anticipate you will be young enough to rock’n’roll deep into the 22nd century.

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  3. Anonymous January 22, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    “…too wise for their own good”
    Depth often overlooked.

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  4. Resa January 23, 2021 at 1:26 am

    This is so different from his iconic pieces.
    Inasmuch as I adore his music, I think this is my fave piece!
    Sweet album cover. It rocks at any age!

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