Song of the Day, April 16: Mother Goose by Jethro Tull

TullGooseToday’s song is Mother Goose by Jethro Tull. It appears on the band’s masterpiece, Aqualung, a great song cycle that balances hard rock with folk-tinged pop. This track balances the two nicely, a mostly acoustic number with driving energy. The nostalgic lyrics hint at the bucolic  landscapes that would feature strongly on later albums while biting wordplay shows singer and band leader Ian Anderson at his witty best.

Using the nursery rhyme trope of a walk past significant characters, Anderson ponders the passing of youth and the choices we make as we adopt — or eschew — responsibility. His chameleonic persona allows him to mingle with a variety of groups along the journey, making him and engaged observer. It’s a clever song with a charming musical setting and a highlight of Tull’s long, varied career.

Enjoy this fun song today.


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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