JETHRO TULL : THE CLASP [THE BROADSWORD AND THE BEAST, 1981]

Ένα τραγούδι από το The Broadsword And The Beast των Jethro Tull [1981], δεύτερο δισκογραφικό τους φλερτ με τα ηλεκτρονικά.
Πέρα απ΄το στιχουργικό του ενδιαφέρον, θα μπορούσε να αποτελεί ένα είδος διαίσθησης της φοβίας για τις χειραψίες που ο
Anderson θα ανέπτυσσε χρόνια αργότερα;

A song from The Broadsword And The Beast by Jethro Tull [1981], their second courtship with electronics.
Apart from his lyrical interest, could it be a kind of intuition of the handshake phobia that
Anderson would develop in later years?


We travellers on the endless wastes in single orbits, gliding
Cold-eyed march towards the dawn behind hard-weather hoods a-hiding.
Meeting as the tall ships do, passing in the channel
Afraid to chance a gentle touch, afraid to make the clasp.
In high-rise city canyons dwells the discontent of ages.
On ring roads, nose to bumper crawl
Commuters in their cages.
Cryptic signals flash across
From pilots in the fast lane.
Double-locked and belted in too late to make the clasp.
Let’s break the journey now on some lonely road.
Sit down as strangers will, let the stress unload.
Talk in confidential terms, share a dark unspoken fear.
Refill the cup and drink it up.
Say goodnight and wish good luck.
Synthetic chiefs with frozen smiles holding unsteady courses.
Grip the reins of history, high on their battle horses.
And meeting as good statesmen do before the T.V. eyes of millions,
Hand to hand exchange the lie pretend to make the clasp.


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3 Comments

  1. Resa September 8, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Now, I’m thinking he really blends classic and rock together. Never thought that before.

  2. Oannes September 9, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Of course he did. Like …The Beatles [“I’m The Walrus”, “A Day In The Life”] and Zappa, Yes, ELP, Gabriel -era Genesis etc. The ’60s & ’70s were the golden age of pop.
    All this creativity “had” to come down, in anticipation of the MTV – computer age. Enter …simplicity: punk, new wave, hip hop, electro etc. That does not mean there wasn’t pretty cool stuff in the above, of course there was. But “the plan” I’m talking about is another story.

  3. Resa September 9, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    I agree about the golden age.
    Things have changed even faster since MTV.
    MTV is no longer. Now, Youtube and beyond.
    Thank you for your extremely wide & deep love of music!

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