All the places I've been make it hard to begin
To enjoy life again on the inside, but I mean to.
Take a walk around the block
And be glad that I've got me some time
To be in from the outside,
And inside with you.

I'm sitting on the corner feeling glad.
Got no money coming in but I can't be sad.
That was the best cup of coffee I ever had.
And I won't worry about a thing
Because we've got it made,
Here on the inside, outside so far away.

And we'll laugh and we'll sing get someone to bring
Our friends here for tea in the evening
Old Jeffrey makes three.
Take a walk in the park, does the wind in the dark
Sound like music to you?
Well I'm thinking it does to me.

Can you cook, can you sew? Well, I don't want to know.
That is not what you need on the inside, to make the time go.
Counting lambs, counting sheep
We will fall into sleep
And we awake to a new day of living
And loving you so.

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"Inside" as written by Ian Anderson


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    General Commentsuch a rock-hard sweet tune. devotional.

    I think it's "inside you" not "inside with you" or anyway it should be that way.

    glad that I've got me some time
    to be in from the outside,
    and inside with you.
    orphan_yachtson September 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'inside' meaning non materialistic. finding happiness within yourself. not needing the 'outside' influences in life to be happy. finding happiness in things as simple as a 'walk in the park' or simply having 'the best cup of coffee i've ever had' all without 'got no money coming in' because you 'can't be sad'. I think individuals that search for their happiness in their lives from 'outside' sources will never truly find real happiness. If you can find 'that' what makes you happy within YOU then love, happiness, and life will be at YOUR command.

    I can see where 'inside' could be interpreted as prison. But from what i know about Ian (which isn't much) i don't think this is what he has in mind. Tull is probably the most under appreciated bands that came out of the late 60's. Their lyrical genius was just that -'genius'.

    Interested in other comments to my post......
    thrillofthechaseon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA good old-fashioned love-song, with a lot of "it's good to be home"-feeling. Reminds me a little of "Fire at midnight", lyric-wise.
    haripu69on November 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWould Old Jefferey be Jeffrey Hammond Hammond?
    excomposton October 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is about contentedness within yourself and not worry about the outside. He takes his dog Jeffrey for a walk in the park and I believe he has the best cup of coffee he’s ever had. Here in the INSIDE. I have loved this album for 40 years now thank you Ian Anderson
    Brainylobsteron January 07, 2018   Link
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    General CommentHi guys. I have always (i.e. for decades!) interpreted this as being about death and the afterlife much like Richard Thompson’s ‘When I Get to the Border’.

    Of course, all truly great poets, from Shakespeare onwards, can put more than a single meaning into their poems. More than that, once a poem, song, painting etc is ‘out there’, then whatever resonances it evokes in the reader, listener, viewer etc are entirely valid.

    So, I am quite OK with it being about death (for me), whilst I am equally OK with it being about prison, love, inner peace or coffee (for others).
    mandolamanon November 04, 2019   Link
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    General CommentI have always interpeted "insde" to mean prison
    redbeard04on January 17, 2009   Link

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