"Dark Ages" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Darlings are you ready for the long winter's fall?
Said the lady in her parlor
Said the butler in the hall.
Is there time for another?
Cried the drunkard in his sleep.
Not likely
Said the little child. What's done
The Lord can keep.
And the vicar stands a-praying.
And the television dies
As the white dot flickers and is gone
And no-one stops to cry.
The big jet rumbles over runway miles
That scar the patchwork green
Where slick tycoons and rich buffoons
Have opened up the seam
Of golden nights and champagne flights
Ad-man overkill
And in the haze
Consumer crazed
We take the sugar pill.
Jagged fires mark the picket lines
The politicians weep
And mealy-mouthed
Through corridors of power on tip-toe creep.
Come and see bureaucracy
Make its final heave
And let the new disorder through
While senses take their leave.
Families screaming line the streets
And put the windows through
In corner shops
Where keepers kept
The country's life-blood blue.
Take their pick
And try the trick
With loaves and fishes shared
And the vicar shouts
As the lights go out,
And no-one really cares.

Dark Ages
Shaking the dead
Closed pages
Better not read
Cold rages
Burn in your head.


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"Dark Ages" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentEschatology, Jethro Tull style. Basically about the world coming to an end...but everyone is too distracted to bother or care.
    Crazytacoladyon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNothing special musically, but great lyrically. Overall, it's quite good.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNot to say that the music is bad, just that I expect better from Jethro Tull.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't say that 'the world' is coming to an end in the song, but our current consumer culture. Almost from the beginning, Ian looked at family, strangers and institutions cynically. Only on occasion (until his recent albums) would he write a love song. Still it seemed it was him and his lover against society. In this album and in 'A" (Anarchy) Ian's lyrics are especially pessimistic.
    offhandon December 02, 2006   Link

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