"Living In The Past" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Happy and I'm smiling
Walk a mile 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 our 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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  • +3
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    General CommentThe turmoil of the Vietnam war and violence was pushing the baby boomers toward a revolution but the main character in this song has fallen in love and is rejecting the anger and pain others express to be with his love. "The past" is a time before rock and roll became political.
    stephen171on April 07, 2017   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

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