Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson as always been a favourite lyricist of mine. I can remember reading a review of an album and the writer saying, if Ian had not been a song writer he would surely have been a poet. Here's the lyrics to one of my favourite songs, Moths from the album Heavy Horses.
The leaded window opened To move the dancing candle flame And the first Moths of summer Suicidal came, suicidal came. And a new breeze chattered In its May-bud tenderness, Sending water-lillies sailing As she turned to get undressed. And the long night awakened And we soared on powdered wings, Circling our tomorrows In the wary month of Spring. Chasing shadows slipping In a magic lantern slide, Creatures of the candle On a night-light-ride. Dipping and weaving Flutter through the golden needle's eye In our haystack madness. Butterfly-stroking on a Spring-tide high. Life's too long (as the Lemming said) As the candle burned and the Moths were wed. And we'll all burn together as the wick grows higher But before the candle's dead. The leaded window opened To move the dancing candle flame. And the first moths of summer Suicidal came, oh, suicidal came. To join in the worship Of the light that never dies In a moment's reflection Of two moths spinning in her eyes.
Steely Dan. Just way ahead of everyone else. Songs you can listen to a million times without really figuring out what they are about.
What's this one about then? No googling!
Some turnout, a hundred grand Get with it we'll shake his hand Don't bother to understand Don't question the little man Be part of the brotherhood Yes it's chain lightning It feels so good Hush brother, we cross the square Act natural like you don't care Turn slowly and comb your hair Don't trouble the midnight air We're standing just where he stood It was chain lightning It feels so good
I’m not big on lyrics myself. Rare that I even listen to them.
Steely Dan passed me by too. I just had a listen to a few YouTubes to remind myself of what they had done. Only ”Reelin In the Years” and “Do it Again” were familiar to me. The rest were like I had never heard them before. I liked the instrumentation on most tracks but the vocals and vocalists sucked IMO.
I always thought the lyrics on this were brilliant. 'Almost Cut My Hair' by Crosby Stills Nash & Young. It was written by David Crosby and was a true anthem of its time. Totally excellent music anyway, love the guitar work.