"One Brown Mouse" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Smile your little smile take some tea with me awhile.
Brush away that black cloud from your shoulder.
Twitch your whiskers. Feel that you're really real.
Another tea-time another day older.

Puff warm breath on your tiny hands.
You wish you were a man
who every day can turn another page.
Behind your glass you sit and look
at my ever-open book:
One brown mouse sitting in a cage.

Do you wonder if I really care for you,
Am I just the company you keep?
Which one of us exercises on the old treadmill,
Who hides his head, pretending to sleep?

Smile your little smile take some tea with me awhile.
And every day we'll turn another page.
Behind our glass we'll sit and look
at our ever-open book:
One brown mouse sitting in a cage.


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"One Brown Mouse" as written by Ian Anderson

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    My InterpretationTwitch your whiskers. Feel that you're really real: the gesture a wise man makes while pondering the universe, stroking his beard or mustache.

    I love the dual meanings Jethro Tull employs. I think their stuff is great when you try to interpret a line and you can't decide whether they are for the idea in the line or against it. "Think as a Brick" is chock full of them. But this song has a good one two:

    Which one of us exercises on the old treadmill-
    Who hides his head, pretending to sleep?

    Makes me wonder, am I the one on the old treadmill or am I the one who hides his head?

    Also like a wise man, he views the constructs of this world as a cage.
    puzzudon October 22, 2009   Link

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