"Big Dipper" as written by and Ian Anderson....
The mist rolls off the beaches:
The train rolls into the station.
Weekend happiness seekers pent-up saturation.
Well, we don't mean anyone any harm,
We weren't on the Glasgow train.
See you at the Pleasure Beach:
Roller-coasting heroes.
Big Dipper riding
We'll give the local lads a hiding
If they keep us from the ladies
Hanging out in the penny arcades.
Shaking up the Tower Ballroom
Throwing up in the bathroom.
Landlady's in the backroom
I'm the Big Dipper
It's the weekend rage.

Rich widowed landlady give me
Your spare front door key.
If you're thirty nine or over,
I'll make love to you next Thursday
I may stay over for a week or two
Drop a postcard to my mum.
I'll see you at the waltzer
We'll go big-dipping daily.

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"Big Dipper" as written by Ian Anderson


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    General CommentWe're in Blackpool, again (c.f. "Up The Pool").
    This is the traditional image from the point of view of a young man visiting for thrills and sex.
    The "Big Dipper" is a the name of a roller-coaster ride at Blackpool (and some other places). But in this song, the phrase also takes on a sexual meaning.
    rassendyllon March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou are right and this is explained in the cartoon story on the original album sleeve. The Big Dipper is a punning nickname: "They used to call me the Big Dipper - used to pull a lot of birds"
    donutslikefannyson March 05, 2010   Link

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