"Life Is A Long Song" as written by and Ian Anderson....
When you're falling awake
And you take stock of the new day
And you hear your voice croak
As you choke on what you need to say

Well, don't you fret, don't you fear
I will give you good cheer

Life's a long song
Life's a long song
Life's a long song
If you wait then your plate I will fill

As the verses unfold
and your soul suffers the long day
And the twelve o'clock gloom
Spins the room, you struggle on your way

Well, don't you sigh, don't you cry
Lick the dust from your eye

Life's a long song
Life's a long song
Life's a long song
We will meet in the sweet light of dawn

As the Baker Street train spills your pain
All over your new dress
And the symphony sounds
underground puts you under duress

Well, don't you squeal as the heel
Grinds you under the wheels

Life's a long song
Life's a long song
Life's a long song
But the tune ends too soon for us all


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"Life Is a Long Song" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General Commentwhat a bittersweet song. The narrator is giving advise to someone -reassumig them that life is good (I will give you good cheer) and compares life to a long song. However, the last two verses decay into suffering/gloam and grinding you under the wheel; and the final line then tells us that our deaths will come sooner than we want or choose.
    offhandon June 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe immediately previous comment should be deleted since the initial posters have the song described perfectly.
    orphan_yachtson September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIan Anderson played this on his new orchestral dvd. Just before he played this he dedicated it to all the people who didn't make it (The John Bonham's, the Keith Moon's, the Jimi's). It was a great tribute to all those legends who's tunes ended too soon.
    Tmo2199on January 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a step by step description of a corn cob enema.
    toolmusikon January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDuh, everyone knew that toolmusik. Why do you think no one has posted under this song? Can you say Self-Explanatory? The question on my mind is whether the corn was steamed and butted first before the main character slid it into his unholiest of holes. Whether or not it was yellow corn, or indian? And of the all the questions, i want to know....is....did he use the patent cactus condom...
    Prog_Rockeron January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI just climaxed
    Prog_Rockeron January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou guys have ruined Jethro Tull for me.
    Slovakon May 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe immediately previous comment should be deleted since the initial posters have the song described perfectly.
    orphan_yachtson September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe poetry of this song could be summed up by these words of Plato: “And all things human bestir themselves…and vanish.” This is not far from the usual philosophy of our intrepid Scottish poet. What more hopeful poesy can Ian Anderson offer his fans than presenting a view of life wherein this life is considered man’s full portion with nothing hereafter? In spite of this transitory perspective of his on existence, I confess that there is a soul of beauty in his musical interpretation of Life with his dazzling flute and often quite noble sounding voice. May he consider the immortality of his own soul.
    tullheadon December 16, 2013   Link

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