Song of the Day, September 3: Living In the Past by Jethro Tull

Jethro_Tull_-_Living_In_The_PastToday’s song is Living In the Past by Jethro Tull. It was originally recorded during the sessions for the band’s second album, 1969’s Stand Up. While it didn’t make the cut, the song was strong enough that it was released as a stand-alone single. Three years later, its title proved prescient.

Booming band success in the wake of Aqualung resulted in the release of a compilation album bringing together singles, B-sides, EP material, and some unreleased tracks. Also titled Living In the Past, the two-disc set provided a nice supplement to the band’s main albums to date. It also prompted the re-release of the single, which made it to #11 on the Hot 100, Tull’s best performance with a US single.

Musically, it’s an unusual track, performed in 5/4 time. WIth a driving rhythm section and a buoyant lyric, it’s a fun song that shows off Ian Anderson’s voice and flute while proving what a crack band Jethro Tull was.

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 out eyes;
outside their lives go on much faster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
we’ll keep living in the past.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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