"We Used To Know" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Whenever I get to feel this way,
Try to find new words to say,
I think about the bad old days
We used to know.

Nights of winter turn me cold
Fears of dying, getting old.
We ran the race and the race was won
By running slowly.

Could be soon we'll cease to sound,
Slowly upstairs, faster down.
Then to revisit stony grounds,
We used to know.

Remembering mornings, shillings spent,
Made no sense to leave the bed.
The bad old days they came and went
Giving way to fruitful years.

Saving up the birds in hand
While in the bush the others land.
Take what we can before the man
Says it's time to go.

Each to his own way I'll go mine.
Best of luck in what you find.
But for your own sake remember times
We used to know.


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"We Used to Know" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentI'm surprised no one has commented on the idea that We Used to Know may have influenced The Eagles "Hotel California."

    The chord progressions are nearly identical, and the bands (Tull and the Eagles) toured together prior to the release of the song. While recording in Miami, Don Felder phoned home to California to have his maid send him a copy of the "We Used to Know" demo in order to reproduce the introduction and end solos, which may have accounted for the words "copyright in dispute" in the liner notes of the Hotel California album.

    Neat bit of trivia, isn't it?
    Stefan021on January 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy fave tull song, martin barre's guitar work is outstanding on this...and yep eagles completely ripped it off for Hotel California
    youknowimrighton August 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTull is a truly under appreciated band. Love the soloing on this one.
    Warron April 06, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI think it has to go along the lines of "If you don't remember the past, you're doomed to repeat it" type of thing.

    My favorite track from Stand Up. I love the flute on it.
    XZYOEon January 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOn just rereading the lyrics, I thought it might be about the band's career arc and the music industry, with the general theme of being grateful for success, but not expecting it to last, how successful they had been so far, and how hard it was to start with.
    It used to make me think of Vikings, reminiscing of old raids, I think because of the penultimate verse.
    Flamencoprofon November 02, 2016   Link

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