"Jump Start" as written by and Ian Anderson....
In the dark of the city backwoods
Something stirs then slips away
Law and order in darkest Knights bridge
Crime and punishment at play

Hey Mr. Policeman won't you come on over
Hook me up to the power lines of your love
Jump start, tow me away
Jump start or tow me away

And through the bruised machinery
[Incomprehensible] smoking haze of industry 0.49
Another day with ball and chain
I do my time, then home again

Hey Mrs. Maggie won't you come on over
Hook me up to the power lines of your love
Jump start or tow me away
Jump start or tow me away

Oh we should've blamed the officers?
Or maybe I should blame the priest?
Or should I blame the poor foot soldier
Who's left to make the most from least?

Hey, Jack Ripper won't you come on over
Hook me up to the power lines of your love
Hook me up to the power lines of your love
Jump start or tow me away, yeah
Jump start or tow me away

You can blame the newsman
Talking at you on the satellite T.V
And if you're fighting for your shipyards
You might as well just blame the sea

Hey Mr. Weatherman come on over
Hook me up to the power lines of your love
Jump start or tow me away
Jump start or tow me away


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"Jump Start" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentMetaphor for prison rape?
    Kopachrison May 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe lyrics are oblique but there seem to be connections to the industrial changes in Britain during the Thatcher era. I base this on the shipyards closing & reference to Maggie (Mrs.Thatcher). Essentially this is the working man asking who to blame for the crisis (how history repeats itself). The jump start & power lines of your love reference may be an appeal to those in government & industry leaders to kick start the ailing industries with an injection of assistance; otherwise they may find crime on their doorstep (Knightbridge) as honest workers turn to crime.
    My favourite Jethro Tull song.
    Don*Gon April 26, 2013   Link

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