"With You There To Help Me" as written by and Ian Anderson....
In days of peace
Sweet smelling summer nights
Of wine and song;
Dusty pavements burning feet.
Why am I crying, I want to know.
How can I smile and make it right?
For sixty days and eighty nights
And not give in and lose the fight.

I'm going back to the ones that I know,
With whom I can be what I want to be.
Just one week for the feeling to go
And with you there to help me
Then it probably will.

I won't go down
Acting the same old play.
Give sixty days for just one night.
Don't think I'd make it: but then I might.

I'm going back to the ones that I know,
With whom I can be what I want to be.
Just one week for the feeling to go
And with you there to help me
Then it probably will.


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"With You There To Help Me" as written by Ian Anderson

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  • +2
    General Commentbtw, this song is a love song for his then girlfriend, soon to be wife, and then ex-wife, Jenny. It shows how tiring his touring is, but how the thought of being with her in the end gives him the strength to keep going. And in the end, when he is with her, she helps forget all the pressure and the fatigue of his time on the road.
    WYWHon May 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMORE PPL SHOULD COMMENT ON J TULL SONGS. IAN ANDERSON IS A LYRICAL GENIUS, ANBODY WHO DISAGREES WITH ME CAN F*** ME SIDEWAYS :P
    WYWHon May 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou're definately right on that ian anderson is right up there the best of 'em (songwriter standpoint)
    j-tull=fucking genius musical engines that will never die!
    floydian18on July 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song on Benefit.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA CD release of Tull's Isle of Wight Festival performance from 1970 has come out and the version of With You There to Help Me sounds great!
    excomposton October 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a cool tune, and that semi-hysterical laughter fits right in
    bearlybooon May 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentIs it just me or does it sound like there is an extra syllable within "can be" in the chorus, so that it sounds like he is saying "with whom I tend to be ..."?

    Also, the notes on "week" and "feeling" are strange, almost as though they were flat (though it's probably intentional and still sounds cool).

    To be clear, this is an awesome song; that's the only reason I am here. It's otherworldly and touching all at once (though I could do with a bit less guitar jamming ... I think it works best as kind of a sweet but trippy, acid-folk song).

    Overall: Love it; I can listen to this song over and over.
    commentmanon March 11, 2016   Link

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