"Living In The Past" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Happy and I'm smiling,
Walking miles to drink your water.
You know I'd love to love you,
And above you there's no other.

We'll go walking out
While others shout of war's disaster.

Oh, we won't give in,
Let's go living in the past.

Once I used to join in,
Every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there's revolution, but they don't know
What they're fighting.

Let us close out eyes,
Outside their lives go on much faster.

Oh, we won't give in,
We'll keep living in the past.

Oh, we won't give in,
Let's go living in the past.

Oh, no no we won't give in,
Let's go living in the past.


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"Living in the Past" as written by Ian Anderson

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  • +2
    General CommentWow ... you seriously used Jethro Tull to preach about the Christan god? It was just a GREAT song by some English guys .... even Ian Anderson talks about just having a good time being a 'wacky English' band ... lol ...
    DaniHouseron May 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is a pretty obvious Tull song, about loving a woman. The first four stanzas hes just talking about how much he loves her, then gets to the point of the song. "We'll go walking out
    while others shout of war's disaster." This, to me, pretty clearly means that when hes with her he doesnt care about whats going on, just thinking about a time with her that everything was good. THe whole song is like that.
    jke45on November 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHELL of a good song. Exactly how I feel about modern life. Don't push your s*** on me! I don't need it!
    Juniper Prismon January 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is kind of similar to "Inside." They have the same theme of love creating a shield that protects you from the outside world. (I think I like "Living In the Past" better.)
    greenbeanon December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is kind of similar to "Inside." They have the same theme of love creating a shield that protects you from the outside world. (I think I like "Living In the Past" better.)
    greenbeanon December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very fun and light-hearted Tull song, which was a rarity back in those days (around the time of "Stand Up").

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    Krendall2006on January 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentprobably "outside their LIES, go on much faster..."
    orphan_yachtson February 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, it is in fact "outside, their lives."

    He's talking about outside of his love of this woman. Nothing else matters to him.
    lyvewyreon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, you pretty much nailed it. Hedonism by way of loving his woman. This song is very underrated.
    T_D_Phoenixon April 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnrelated to the meaning of the song, but has anyone ever heard live performances of it? They NEVER play borth verses! Why is that?
    Krendall2006on April 24, 2008   Link

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