"Songs From The Wood" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Let me bring you songs from the wood:
To make you feel much better than you could know.
Dust you down from tip to toe.
Show you how the garden grows.

Hold you steady as you go.
Join the chorus if you can:
It'll make of you an honest man.
Let me bring you love from the field:

Poppies red and roses filled with summer rain.
To heal the wound and still the pain,
That threatens again and again,
As you drag down every lover's lane.

Life's long celebration's here.
I'll toast you all in penny cheer.
Let me bring you all things refined:
Galliards and lute songs served in chilling ale.

Greetings well met fellow, hail!
I am the wind to fill your sail.
I am the cross to take your nail:
A singer of these ageless times,

With kitchen prose and gutter rhymes.
Songs from the wood make you feel much better.


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"Songs from the Wood" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentThis is a great Tull song. Complex, melodic, dynamic. I have no idea what it means, except that he is a minstrel here to entertain.
    TheMonolithon December 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjoining the columbia record club 30 years ago
    To Xi Ci Tyon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*Note: The previoius comment was not made by me. It was made by my dad, who says he got this song after joining the columbia record club 30 years ago. He said this song was terrible. I have not heard it myself. I hope I have cleared this up.
    To Xi Ci Tyon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a good song :)
    spacepirateon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdoesnt the lyric go "a singer oft in these ageless times" not "a singer of these ageless times"?
    spacepirateon January 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust a good old, innocent, feel-good introduction to one of the best albums ever.
    rubyrangeron January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnfortunately, the best thing about this whole album is the picture of a tree stump with a record needle on it.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, Hunting Girl is pretty good too.
    inpraiseoffollyon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I am the wind to fill your sail.
    I am the cross to take your nail:
    A singer of these ageless times.
    With kitchen prose and gutter rhymes.
    Songs from the wood make you feel much better."
    The song's a social satire on a public view of artists and songwriters. Of course it's mainly just a nice intro thingo, but yeah, 'I am the cross to take your nail' might even be seen as a comment to groups like songmeanings.net (yeah i know the internet was not around back then) that strikes me as an observation of how music is generally just a board on which to post your own interpretations, the fact that he alludes to religion is probably because he doesn't like dogma and is voicing a distaste for the way people use music to get their points across (in an extreme way Charles Manson comes to mind)
    'Songs from the wood' is his name for stock music which people throw ideas at, and 'make you feel much better' can be taken at face value: unloading hangups and voicing opinions through criticism makes you feel Much better.
    urprobablyrighton March 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentps. spacepirate:
    "If the lyrics for Songs From The Wood, by Jethro Tull, are incorrect, please use the Report Thread in the forums so that our team of moderators can make the needed changes. Please do not post the corrections within the comments. " -Songmeanings.net
    urprobablyrighton March 04, 2008   Link

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