Now if you think Ray blew it,
There was nothing to it.
They patched him up as good as new.
You can see him every day
Riding down the queen's highway,
Handing out his small cigars
To the kids from school.
And all the little girls
With their bleached blond curls
Clump up on their platform soles.
And they say "Hey Ray let's ride away
Downtown where we can roll some alley bowls."
And Ray grins from ear to here, and whispers?

So follow me.
Trail along.
My leather jacket's buttoned up.
And my four-stroke song
Will pick you up when your last class ends;
And you can tell all your friends:
The Pied Piper pulled you,
The mad biker fooled you,
I'll do what you want to:
If you ride with me on a Friday
Anything goes.

So follow me, hold on tight.
My school girl fancy's flowing in free flight.
I've a tenner in my skin tight jeans.
You can touch it if your hands are clean.

The Pied Piper pulled you,
The mad biker fooled you,
I'll do what you want to:
If you ride with me on a Friday
Anything goes.


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"Pied Piper" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General Comment"I've a tenner in my skin tight jeans.
    You can touch it if your hands are clean."

    This is a goddamn filthy song
    Not that that's a bad thing...
    :^P
    lefty7448on March 08, 2009   Link
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    General Commentloved the whole album. this track with its references to school and schoolgirl dreams should have been called " Pedo Piper " !!!!! :-)
    mandy22on March 10, 2013   Link
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    General Commentloved the whole album. this track with its references to school and schoolgirl dreams should have been called " Pedo Piper " !!!!! :-)
    mandy22on March 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe "sequel" to the song "Too Old To Rock and Roll" in which we learn that Ray doesn't end it on the trunk road in a final blaze of glory, but in fact is resurrected -- but not redeemed. Rather he returns on his bike (presumably the one he wasn't riding in the previous song, probably the Harley) to pursue his favorite past time, namely, picking up young school girls who are more than willing to scandalously ride off with "the mad biker". I've sometimes wondered if Ray is actually Aqualung's son...

    Also note the reference to "small cigars" -- which show up again in another Tull song.
    Hoplophileon September 14, 2019   Link

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