Obscure Jethro Tull

I was listening to some very old Tull. I always tend to go for the obscure songs on the albums — any album — never the ones that made the charts, although that’s usually what prompts me to buy the album in the first place.

Examples are two acoustic pieces off the Aqualung album. Wondring Aloud (3.31MB) is my all-time favorite. This particular version was from a later, live album. Cheap Day Return (2.09MB) is interesting, if only I could understand what he’s saying. This has puzzled me since I first heard it on wax oh so many years ago. All attempts to locate the lyrics on the Internet and postings at alt.lyrics have failed. (I have the album on vinyl, and there are no lyrics anywhere to be found.)

But what is interesting about this album, and it happens to be the reason I bought it in the first place (I won’t tell you exactly how long ago, but let’s just say I was still in high school and leave it at that), is a paraphrased Bible verse on the back. Perhaps you’ve seen it? I’m not an overly religious or devout person, but this gives me chills:

In the beginning, Man created God;
and in the image of Man created he him.

And Man gave unto God a multitude of names
that he might be Lord over all the Earth when it was suited to Man.

And on the seven millionth day, Man rested
and did lean heavily on his God and saw that it was good.

And Man formed Aqualung of the dust of the ground,
and a host of others likened unto his kind.

And these lesser men Man did cast into the void.
And some were burned; and some were put apart from their kind.

And Man became the God that he had created
and with his miracles did rule over all the Earth.

But as all these things did come to pass,
the Spirit that did cause man to create his God
lived on within all men: even Aqualung.

And Man saw it not.

But for Christ’s sake, he’d better start looking.

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