"A Song For Jeffrey" as written by and Ian Anderson....
Gonna lose my way tomorrow
Gonna give away my car
I'd take you along with me
But you would not go so far
Don't see what I do not want to see
You don't hear what I don't say
Won't be what I don't want to be
I continue in my way

Don't see, see, see where I'm goin'
Don't see, see, see where I'm goin'
Don't see, see, see where I'm goin' to
I don't want to

Everyday I see the mornin' come on in the same old way
I tell myself tomorrow brings me things I would not dream today

Gonna lose my way tomorrow
Gonna give away my car
I'd take you along with me
But you would not go so far
Don't see what I do not want to see
You don't hear what I don't say
Won't be what I don't want to be
I continue in my way

Don't see, see, see where I'm goin'
Don't see, see, see where I'm goin'
Don't see, see, see where I'm goin' to
I don't want to


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"A Song for Jeffrey" as written by Ian Anderson

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    General CommentI always thought the refrain went "I've ceased to see where I'm going" but whatever. Great song anyhow.
    Juniper Prismon January 18, 2007   Link
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    MemoryI always liked the 1968 version with Ian playing this on the flute and vocals part of that Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

    He had with him in the video
    Glenn Cornick - bass & harmonica (mimed as they called it)
    Tony Iommi - guitar (mimed) the future Black Sabbath legend
    Clive Bunker - drums (mimed)

    Of course Ian Anderson would never fake (lip-sync) his classics.
    Must be why I knew he said "see,see,see where I'm going"

    youtu.be/…
    nikola1137on September 07, 2018   Link
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    General CommentA great early Tull song with a sound that you have never heard before. The lyrics mean "I'm going to give up my day job and see where this music thing goes" and anybody who has ever done this will recognize this as an anthem of focused determination and blind optimism. It obviously paid off.
    dan0311on January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWould probably be a reference to Jeffery Hammond-Hammond, one of the members of the band, who at one point decided to leave the band, and go back to the study of art, which had actually been a his lifelong endeavor.
    sirdonon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt was actually written long before Hammond left the band and is more likely about Hammond leaving behind his passion for art and instead playing bass for Tull. I've always though it was ceased as well.
    acci_denton May 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is indeed directed to Jeffrey Hammond, though I believe it was meant to be a parting song. Before Tull was formed, both Anderson and Hammond were part of a group called The John Evan Band (or Smash). As you may guess, that group also had future Tull keyboardist John Evan. Anyway, after the group broke up, Ian formed a new group that eventually became Jethro Tull, while Hammond wanted to study art. One can assume Jeff was trying to talk Ian out of the music scene, and this song is Ian's reply.
    Krendall2006on October 15, 2007   Link

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