Don't want to be a fat man
People would think that I was just good fun
Would rather be a thin man
I am so glad to go on being one

Too much to carry around with you
No chance of finding a woman who
Will love you in the morning and all the night time too

Don't want to be a fat man
Have not the patience to ignore all that
Hate to admit to myself
Half of my problems came from being fat

Won't waste my time feeling sorry for him
I seen the other side to being thin
Roll us both down a mountain
And I'm sure the fat man would win

Lyrics submitted by Ostrich

"Fat Man" as written by Ian Anderson

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  • +2
    General CommentI guess this song is pretty straight forward in it's meaning... I just felt like the lyrics shgould be up here.
    Ostrichon April 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song reminds me soo much of one of my chef's and he likes jethro tull but im sure this isn't one of his favourites hahahahahaha
    Tommo!!on March 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs they should. Its a cool song.
    The Rockeron August 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRoll us both down a mountain and I'm sure the fat man would win...........classic.
    stabbing02on October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is my anthem. I'm a 120 pound kid, but whenever I hear this song, i think about the other side, and am very glad that I'm not fat
    WYWHon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti sometimes think of that too, whenever i hear this song its hard not to dance

    he doesn't want to be a fat man
    heyjude55on April 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbtw, this song was how Ian got revenge on Mick Abrahams. Mick was a member of the band on their first album. he was a blues purist, but Ian wanted to try other forms of music (Rock, Folk, and electric). Mick also didn't get along with Clive Bunker, and left the band after the album. Ian was pissed off beyond belief, and wrote this song, cus Mick was a little on the hefty side.

    P.S. the guy who replaced him was Martin Barre, who now has the second lingest tenure of any member Beside Ian. He is one of my favorite guitarists of all time, along with Jimmy Page and David Gilmour. Anybody who disagrees can F*** me sideways:b
    WYWHon May 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song cracks me up, even though I've had relatives die from being fat (and the fact that my father is a diabetic).
    inpraiseoffollyon September 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Stand Up version is way better. My last comment was after having heard only the Aqualung version.
    inpraiseoffollyon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree.. this song stuck as kind of a working class anthem.
    salilsinghnlujon March 20, 2009   Link

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