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Jethro Tull — Reasons For Waiting
Album: Stand Up
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
What a sight for my eyes
To see you in sleep.
Could it stop the sun rise
Hearing you weep?
You're not seen, you're not heard
But I stand by my word.
Came a thousand miles
Just to catch you while you're smiling.

What a day for laughter
And walking at night.
Me following after, your hand holding tight.
And the memory stays clear with the song that you hear.
If I can but make
The words awake the feeling.

What a reason for waiting
And dreaming of dreams.
So here's hoping you've faith in impossible schemes,
That are born in the sigh of the wind blowing by
While the dimming light brings the end to a night of loving.
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Absolutely perfect song!  Another of the more under-appreciated great groups of the 60's.  No better rock flutist than Ian Anderson.
Exquisite.  Evokes a time gone by with fondness.

Thanks again, RP.  This wouldn't be heard anywhere else, I am sure.
The world needs more rock and roll flutists.
I have Ian's autograph scribbled on a crumpled concert ticket somewhere.
One of, if the THE, most under-played, under-appreciated Tull songs.

Saw Ian and company last year at Artpark. Absolutely LOVED being there with him. 

Even though his voice has "suffered the ravages of time" (haven't we all).......his playing was superb!!

Definitely a LIVING LEGEND.
 NickDanger wrote:
JT was nominate for 2018 induction into the R&R Hall of Fame, but didn't receive as many votes as Stevie Nicks, et al. Go to R&R Hall of Fame website and vote!
...It always comes down to voting if we want to be heard.
 
Darn, was there a few weeks ago and was wracking my brain for worthy candidates! I assume you are Firesign fan.
Good morning lovers, do good.
Amazing artist! I saw him live when he played his flute standing in tree pose (yoga) for a good portion of the song. I can't remember the song...too blown away with that alone!
 SchoepTone wrote:
How is JT not in the rock n roll hall of fame? Must be politics.
 
JT was nominate for 2018 induction into the R&R Hall of Fame, but didn't receive as many votes as Stevie Nicks, et al. Go to R&R Hall of Fame website and vote!
...It always comes down to voting if we want to be heard.
 cosmicjoe54 wrote:
and Bungle in the Jungle :p


 

 Imkirok wrote:
Really like hearing these "deep tracks" from JT.  Wish I would have heard more of it when I was younger, but all you got on the radio was Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, and Locomotive Breath.
 

Stand up stands up as my favourite JT album.
 cosmicjoe54 wrote:
and "Bungle in the Jungle" it's a shame that SO many people will never know other Tull tunes because the radio overplayed this and their other songs.


 

 Imkirok wrote:
Really like hearing these "deep tracks" from JT.  Wish I would have heard more of it when I was younger, but all you got on the radio was Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, and Locomotive Breath.
 

Love love love this tune from Jethro Tull.  So beautiful.  Thank you Bill and Rebecca!
Who needs Ed Sheeran showing up in a GOT episode? They should have tapped Ian Anderson and he should have performed this song!
 

How is JT not in the rock n roll hall of fame? Must be politics.
 woodchuk wrote:
A stunningly beautiful, romantic song from Tull.  One of my faves!

 
One of, if not THE, best song ever!!!
Really like hearing these "deep tracks" from JT.  Wish I would have heard more of it when I was younger, but all you got on the radio was Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, and Locomotive Breath.
Few LPs were played more often on Mifflin St. in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1969.
Have all their records. Greetings from Belgrade!
thank you for playing Tull on my birthday.
Pretty sweet, RP; thanks! Always liked this one, discovered well after the jams on Aqualung and Thick As A Brick... Timeless stuff, this!
Nice Deep Cut Bill and Rebecca.
A stunningly beautiful, romantic song from Tull.  One of my faves!
Is this the same group that did the awful Aqualung that blighted my college years by being played over and over and over on the radio?
 Antigone wrote:

Who knew?

 
...any Tull fan worth his salt.
 oldviolin wrote:
Jethro Tull (agriculturist) (1674–1741), English agriculturist, often credited with inventing the seed drill

 
Who knew?
 jbuhl wrote:
I was at Albums On The Hill and found this album used and it was twice the cost of the other Tull used albums.  I ask Andy why and he said open it up.  It was perfect condition as well as the vinyl.  {#Bounce} 

Otomi wrote:

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 matassa wrote:

A very cool album cover if you ever get a chance to find one....you get a surprise when you open it up!


 
 
Cool! I got this LP in 1979 or so and it didn't have the pop-up thing.
Jethro Tull (agriculturist) (1674–1741), English agriculturist, often credited with inventing the seed drill
What a blessed gift on Christmas. Thank you!
the song for JT true lovers (like me) :) 9.
I was at Albums On The Hill and found this album used and it was twice the cost of the other Tull used albums.  I ask Andy why and he said open it up.  It was perfect condition as well as the vinyl.  {#Bounce} 

Otomi wrote:

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 matassa wrote:

A very cool album cover if you ever get a chance to find one....you get a surprise when you open it up!


 

One of my all-time favorite songs.  It's on my funeral playlist and I often quote the line "that are born in the sigh of the wind blowing by".   Beautiful.. just beautiful.

{#Daisy}
Best morning tune
 
.... ever!
 gjeeg wrote:
Entranced me when I was 17.
My first Tull moments, 1971.
Takes me there, still. When music was music.

 
Interesting, almost exactly the same here.  One of my very first real rock concerts was Jethro Tull, June 1971.  I've been a huge Ian Anderson / Tull fan ever since.

This tune could have been written yesterday, still so fresh.

When music was music, indeed.

{#Cheers} 
Killer
 {#Yes}gjeeg wrote:
Entranced me when I was 17.
My first Tull moments, 1971.
Takes me there, still. When music was music.

 


Entranced me when I was 17.
My first Tull moments, 1971.
Takes me there, still. When music was music.
 chinaski wrote:
Beautiful ageless song. Composed when Ian Anderson was just 21 years old.

 
I agree with your comment. Longtime Tull fan. Never knew that Ian composed this at that young age.
He was/is a unique musical talent.
Never heard this one before. Liked them as a teen but don't now. This is a good one though.
Another fine song ignored by corporate FM radio.
Beautiful ageless song. Composed when Ian Anderson was just 21 years old.
So beautiful. Almost fifty years old.

I can't sing, or play any of those instruments, but I'm the greatest musical artist EVER!

 
 VV wrote:
One of their best...

 
Absolutely.  Been a huge fan since the very first, one of my favs.


he's back on the road again
haven't seen him since 1974…
One of their best...
I will forever be a fan. The love goes way back.
Love it 
 TerryS wrote:
And Lo, the one-legged man nailed it, pure and simple.

 
Well said, TerryS!
a lot of Jethro Tull this week, even month
 I always liked this song 
And Lo, the one-legged man nailed it, pure and simple.
I never tire of this beautiful song, even after 45 years...
love this too
 kcar wrote:

Yeah, but American Idol is getting cancelled after next season. Then we'll get all nostalgic about that when TV offers up a show about people drooling into paper cups. 

The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization sure is taking its own sweet-ass time... 

Love this song. 

 
I'm extremely proud to say I have no idea what 'drooling into paper cups' references.
 timeless
 raewah wrote:

And now we have American Idol :-(
 

 
Yeah, but American Idol is getting cancelled after next season. Then we'll get all nostalgic about that when TV offers up a show about people drooling into paper cups. 

The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization sure is taking its own sweet-ass time... 

Love this song. 
I *love* this tune.
 raewah wrote:

And now we have American Idol :-(
 

 
1969 was the release year
 raewah wrote:

And now we have American Idol :-(
 

 
1969
 gjeeg wrote:
Can you believe music like this poured out of the Seventies?
And is lost now.
And was everywhere.

 
And now we have American Idol :-(
 
Can you believe music like this poured out of the Seventies?
And is lost now.
And was everywhere.
Very nice.
 agkagk wrote:

Standing up.

 
Standing up!

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 matassa wrote:

A very cool album cover if you ever get a chance to find one....you get a surprise when you open it up!

Very delightful song.
Amazingly lovely and romantic.
Just super!
How is this only a 7.7?

    ...  yes, indeed.

 

marty88210 wrote:

The "lyrical poetry" and superb background and Ian's flute make for a wonderful out-of-body experience.
 

 


      hear you ...   listening ...

a Tull song I was not familiar with .. ever intriguing   something about the depth

 

..n


 Hasan wrote:
Stand up if you bought the original LP album with the pop_out_as_you_open_it flap that makes cardboard figures of the band stand up  !

{#Notworthy}

 
Standing up.
One of the most romantic songs of the era.
Nice finger
finger 
Hey sharkey!  If you are still hangin' here, thanks for the information on Anderson!  cheers -w
 casey1024 wrote:
Tull at their best.  LOVE IT.  Always a pleasure to hear.

 

I concur. One of my favorite Tull songs from my favorite effort of theirs.
Stand up if you bought the original LP album with the pop_out_as_you_open_it flap that makes cardboard figures of the band stand up  !

{#Notworthy}
{#Sunny}thank you....there is always room for Tull
Very interesting rating distrobution on this song. very few in the 1-6 and lost of 8s.

I'll pile another eight on.   I have the vinyl. Can't play with current stereo config but won't unload either.
Great!  More Tull please.
Such a beautiful song.  Brings a tear..

This whole album is magical..
I have most the vinyl from Tull, amazing sound over MP3 and Cd's. So sad that the last few generations missed out on the magic of spinning a record and hearing the magic of analog recordings!
Exquisite.
Wonderful
 matassa wrote:
A very cool album cover if you ever get a chance to find one....you get a surprise when you open it up!

 
True! I remember now. The title is the clue for the youngsters out there. You'll never know what you are missing on a CD or mp3 version!
 strange heart-soaring wonderful magic in this song...
The "lyrical poetry" and superb background and Ian's flute make for a wonderful out-of-body experience.
 
B  L  I  S  S
Tull at their best.  LOVE IT.  Always a pleasure to hear.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
I'm sorry, did you say something? I was in Musicland for a few minutes....  There are just some songs that take me back in time so fully.

 

Amen. I have this on Vinyl from a long time ago. Skips too much to listen to anymore but it's a keeper
 misterbearbaby wrote:


I'm sorry, did you say something? I was in Musicland for a few minutes....  There are just some songs that take me back in time so fully.

 
Yes.  I bought this used on vinyl the other day.  Love it.

jb
I'm sorry, did you say something? I was in Musicland for a few minutes....  There are just some songs that take me back in time so fully.
Never tire of this song and the nice feeling it evokes. And it stands the test of time.
 Cynaera wrote:

Somehow, Tull and the Moodies do that to me, too - they take me away to a simpler, happier time and help me get through this present, not so fun time. I love it...

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...

 
I just never get tired of hearing this....  dreamlike....   beautifully poetic....
My favorite line.....  so here's hoping you've faith in impossible schemes... that are born in the sigh of the wind blowing by...
sigh......

I was fornuate enough to visit Scotland in June 2012, and through curving dirt roads climbing steadily higher into the mountains and a treck over a river bed, I got to see Dun Ringall (one of my favorite Tull songs).  There's no much to it these days but it was a thrill none the less.

A very cool album cover if you ever get a chance to find one....you get a surprise when you open it up!
Holy smokes, RP...it's been 40 years since I heard this. Thanks.
Oh. My. God. 

I know Nick liked this.  I know it.  
Love this so......10...
Wow. My favorite Tull effort...
 gemtag wrote:
Classic Tull at their best. This Was and Stand Up their best work.
 
I could so easily agree, if it wasnt for "Songs from the Wood", "Minstral in the Gallery", "Stormwatch", "Crest of a Knave", "HeavyHorses", "Aqualung"............   so actually, I disagree.
Odd is the idea that the British Invasion never included this stand-up band.
Something was happening inside my mind when this song filled the air...  the memory of it is so sweet.
Don't ask me why. But this song sounds just like it fits into the season of the year (in the northern hemisphere, I mean). And BTW: a few songs ago we had Monsters of Folk, and the sleeve image reminded me so much of this one.

amazing


 Propayne wrote:

ewww, I'd agree with that.

Others?

How about The Yes Album, Fragile and Close To The Edge.

Also Something/Anything, A Wizard a True Star and Todd. 
 
Never was much of a Rundgren fan.

Yes......Yes.

How about


beautiful song from a great album...  love it...

 
 westslope wrote:
So is Ian Anderson still farming Atlantic salmon off the coast of Scotland?  Just curious.
 
no, he sold it some years back i heard in an interview.   but he was producing 90% of the countries smoked salmon.
A firm 9!  Love this , singing out loud! (and i dont sing.)
 rsfc_carp wrote:

For my money the three-album sequence by Tull of  Stand Up, Benefit, and Aqualung is one of the monumental popular music accomplishments ever recorded.
 
ewww, I'd agree with that.

Others?

How about The Yes Album, Fragile and Close To The Edge.

Also Something/Anything, A Wizard a True Star and Todd. 
Classic Tull at their best. This Was and Stand Up their best work.
Still sounds sooo good!
 rdo wrote:

So do I.
 


What a great classic...  this whole album is magnificent...

 
 romeotuma wrote:


love it...
 
So do I.

 kcar wrote:


I've heard so much "new" (1969!) stuff here. Wow.

Yeah, a lot of incredible music came out in '68-'69. Perhaps our wise elders will tell us wondrous stories of that age. 

 
 
Whoa, dude.  I wish I could remember - it was far out.

Seriously, there was a lot of good stuff in the late 60's - early 70's (a lot of crap too, but we try to remember only the good).
It's a Beautiful Day gets some play here; I don't know if I've heard any Canned Heat or NRPS, on RP, but the original poster might check into them as well if old Tull sounds good.

For my money the three-album sequence by Tull of  Stand Up, Benefit, and Aqualung is one of the monumental popular music accomplishments ever recorded.
 michaelgmitchell wrote:
Usually think I'm so 'educated' musically, and then I hear THIS ... for the first time. I've heard so much "new" (1969!) stuff here. Wow.
 
One of the biggest benefits of listening to RP is that your musical tastes get stretched out considerably—even going back in time, which most of us likely don't expect to happen. I think a lot of is due to Bill's masterful segue and song-grouping skills: you wind up liking stuff you wouldn't normally give 5 seconds to just because you've bought into the musical groove. Sometimes I've bought songs I've heard on RP, listened to them and thought "Why did I buy this again?" Most of the time I come around. 

Whether Bill can sway me towards liking anything by Lil' Wayne—well that would be sheer wizardry. (One site recommended "Tha Carter IV" to me; cute kid on the cover, but the "songs" were so bad I laughed and laughed.) 

I've heard so much "new" (1969!) stuff here. Wow.

Yeah, a lot of incredible music came out in '68-'69. Perhaps our wise elders will tell us wondrous stories of that age. 

 

Nice to hear this again after so many years.


Nice melody + nice memories....
 romeotuma wrote:

Yes, this is a great song...  I just turned the volume wayyyy up...  it has put me in a mood of memories...  time flies when we're having fun...  sigh...  love this song...  love this album...

 
 
Somehow, Tull and the Moodies do that to me, too - they take me away to a simpler, happier time and help me get through this present, not so fun time. I love it...

 Highspirits wrote:

When was that concert?  just curious.  wish i had been there..

 
november 26 1991.       whew,that took a while. the first list i encountered covered every tour stop from 1969 to 1990. almost quit right there.

didn't mean to kibitz, just up late, having a snack and slightly bored.


 Cynaera wrote:
In the mood for Jethro Tull, and that's all there is to that. Great song. {#Sunny}
 


Yes, this is a great song...  I just turned the volume wayyyy up...  it has put me in a mood of memories...  time flies when we're having fun...  sigh...  love this song...  love this album...

 
Usually think I'm so 'educated' musically, and then I hear THIS ... for the first time. I've heard so much "new" (1969!) stuff here. Wow.