Song of the Day, July 8: Heavy Horses by Jethro Tull

TullHeavyHorsesToday’s song is Ian Anderson’s tribute to working animals and the vanishing traditional farm. In the mid-70s, the leader of Jethro Tull bought a house in the country, settling down with his new wife. He took time to reflect on the English countryside and the connections between human and nature. The first album after this move, Songs From the Wood, explored folk traditions and the mystical side of nature. The follow-up looked at the more practical side of living with nature, celebrating the animals that one encounters and depends upon.

The centerpiece of Heavy Horses is its grand title track. A classic Tull epic, it features smart orchestration, surging rock, and delicate acoustic moments, all tied together by Anderson’s sensitive singing and charming flute work. The band are in fine form stretching their talents over the nearly nine minute track, underscoring the lyrical sincerity and passion. Both realistic and nostalgic, the song celebrates the significance of the workhorse while acknowledging — a bit sadly — the inevitability of progress.

Enjoy this amazing 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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