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Jethro Tull — Nothing Is Easy
Album: Stand Up
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 1594









Released: 1969
Length: 4:20
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Nothing is easy.
Though time gets you worrying
My friend, it's OK.
Just take your life easy
And stop all that hurrying,
Be happy my way.

When tension starts mounting
And you've lost count
Of the pennies you've missed,
Just try hard and see why they're not worrying me,
They're last on my list.
Nothing's easy.

Nothing is easy, you'll find
That the squeeze won't turn out so bad.
Your fingers may freeze, worse things happen at sea,
There's good times to be had.
So if you're alone and you're down to the bone,
Just give us a play.
You'll smile in a while and discover
That I'll get you happy my way
Nothing's easy.
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Virgilian husbandry I stand correctef
It’s too bad Jethro Tull rejected Virginian husbandry
 crogers wrote:
As of this writing, almost 6% of those who took the time to rate this tune gave it a one.  Wow.

Hell, for me it's a 9 for Bunker's drums alone.
 
I hadn't rated this and was pondering a 9 but got lost in the drums and bass groove and went with a what the hell 10.
 buddy wrote:
Sorry all you young millennial kids out there, just about any song by Jethro Tull is a 10 for me.  I mourn for you having grown up in the corporate music era where genius' like Ian Anderson would never make it past the suits that dictate what you can download from iTunes.

Sorry for the rant....now YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

{#Cowboy}

 
 
Judging by the playlists and the top-rated songs list, it's unlikely there are very many "young millennial kids" listening to this station, but feel free to rant into the echo chamber - it can be cathartic.
Classic Tull, this album and Benefit
my theme song
 Proclivities wrote:

That is a great illustration - a woodcut by James Grashow, who is a brilliant artist and sculptor.
 
Indeed, he's still working. The Cameron Museum had one of his pieces in a show a couple years ago.

His math is a bit off, though. Ian Anderson has 11 fingers on the cover.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
One of the greatest album covers of all time - the popup inside was amazing.

Ah, for the days of 12" x 12" covers, all that space! And artists who didn't mind paying other artists to make it awesome.

 
That is a great illustration - a woodcut by James Grashow, who is a brilliant artist and sculptor.
One of the greatest album covers of all time - the popup inside was amazing.

Ah, for the days of 12" x 12" covers, all that space! And artists who didn't mind paying other artists to make it awesome.
 Misterioso wrote:
Nice segway from Indian music to Jethro Tull 

 
Segue, dammit! 


                                 MARTIN BARRE






.
Ian is the man
Nice, anytime.
 Misterioso wrote:
Nice segway from Indian music to Jethro Tull 
 
Agreed. Nice seque.

 


 Rockit wrote:

Maybe you'd prefer a banana!{#Bananasplit}

 
{#Roflol}
Nice segway from Indian music to Jethro Tull 
I just bumped my rating up to 10.

Was watching a killer vintage War live performance on youtube that had a great flute solo and I thought about all you rock & roll flute haters.

Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 - check out Tull's performance of this.
Thanks.  I needed that this morning. 
Just amazing rock from when rock was ROCK. Thanks Bill! And thanks for the Clever commentary below guys!  Get off my frickin' lawn!
 buddy wrote:
Sorry all you young millennial kids out there, just about any song by Jethro Tull is a 10 for me.  I mourn for you having grown up in the corporate music era where genius' like Ian Anderson would never make it past the suits that dictate what you can download from iTunes.

Sorry for the rant....now YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

{#Cowboy}

 

 
Clint Eastwood from "Gran Torino"
 buddy wrote:
Sorry all you young millennial kids out there, just about any song by Jethro Tull is a 10 for me.  I mourn for you having grown up in the corporate music era where genius' like Ian Anderson would never make it past the suits that dictate what you can download from iTunes.

Sorry for the rant....now YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

{#Cowboy}

 

 
{#High-five}
 Webfoot wrote:
I don't like the rock and roll flute and you can't make me!  {#Snooty}   {#Smile}


We wouldn't try, you are beyond redemption and fated to listen to J Bieber cover bands for the rest of your natural :-)
It's a 10 from me.


Sorry all you young millennial kids out there, just about any song by Jethro Tull is a 10 for me.  I mourn for you having grown up in the corporate music era where genius' like Ian Anderson would never make it past the suits that dictate what you can download from iTunes.

Sorry for the rant....now YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

{#Cowboy}

 
As of this writing, almost 6% of those who took the time to rate this tune gave it a one.  Wow.

Hell, for me it's a 9 for Bunker's drums alone.
I don't like the rock and roll flute and you can't make me!  {#Snooty}   {#Smile}
Oh Tull, you're so good. I'm lucky to heave seen you twice, spectacular musical performances both times! :D
 Will62 wrote:
Gadzooks!!
 
'7'?!!
Come now. One of the most inventive and intriguing outfits to ever grace the airwaves.

Tried for a 9 to get the ratings up.

Long may your flute toot Mr Anderson. 

 
Too fast for some people, I guess.
Gadzooks!!
 
'7'?!!
Come now. One of the most inventive and intriguing outfits to ever grace the airwaves.

Tried for a 9 to get the ratings up.

Long may your flute toot Mr Anderson. 
Always one of my favourite bands, but after Passion Play I did not care for all of the songs on all of the albums.  I read somewhere that one of the guitarists left the band because he only wanted to practice 7 days a week, Ian Anderson is a perfectionist, good for us.  I won't sign off with a :)
 
Sick rythym...and can't deny that rockin flute!!
 
Summertime excerpt?
Had this album and Benefit on either side of a homemade 90-minute Dolbyized Maxell cassette. It accompanied me on many trips through the woodlands of Northern Lower Michigan back in the late '60s. It still hits home.
Excellent tune, sounds like they were having a lot of fun!
Clive Bunker plays drums on this.
Amazing percussion ... and this track never seems to age... for those interested ...

Scott Hammond- Drums, percussion

Scott was born in Bristol (UK) in 1973. After starting his musical journey on the piano when he was six, he went on to play the drums when he was fourteen in his first band "Half Decent" - and that they were!

He went on to study the drums with Dave Hassell on a three-year jazz degree course at Leeds College of music. It was here that he met his wife, Ruth, who plays saxophones, keyboards, piano, Hammond organ and sings. They are now based in Bristol and regularly gig all over the UK with The Scott Hammond Quartet and other projects as freelance musicians.


 macbags wrote:
I FIND THE LITTLE YELLOW BALLS ON COMMENTS ANNOYING.
 
Not as annoying as all caps (shouting).


 macbags wrote:
I FIND THE LITTLE YELLOW BALLS ON COMMENTS ANNOYING.
 
Maybe you'd prefer a banana!{#Bananasplit}
I FIND THE LITTLE YELLOW BALLS ON COMMENTS ANNOYING.
FWIW, the new remastered Aqualung sounds simply amazing.  Who knew there was such a great sounding recording hiding beneath all that compressed grunge?...apparently Steve Wilson (Mr Porcupine Tree) did as he got access to the original tracks and did a fantastic job of rebuilding it.  Highly recommended.
Nothing is Easy, except cross-eyed Mary.
{#Notworthy}
1969 and a great guitar break and flute interaction. Can't beat that. - 10
 j7 wrote:

Love the Tull for sure.........um........ except isn't Ian Anderson like 90 ?

 
He was born in 1947 - he's younger than Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffet.
Ian just did a duet with someone on the space station....awsome!!
 j7 wrote:

Love the Tull for sure.........um........ except isn't Ian Anderson like 90 ?

 
Sure he's older than me, but he knows how to entertain, the band are even better than a year ago
I saw them on their last tour, possibly my bestest concert this year
Ian must have his bus pass by now?

Everything's just easy. Thanks...

NB: It's not. Not at all really. But this helps grease the ways. Thanks again.


I hate flutes.  Hate them.  A lot.

Well, *normal* flutes.

This isn't one of those.  This lights my soul on fire. 10. 
Friends and I were just talking about Tull tonight by candlelight.  What a group!  (us *and* Tull) {#Angel}
Would be tempted stand on one leg,  if there was a cod piece to hand.


Jammin by ~vwake
Vivek Dhage   ©2008-2010 ~vwake

Jethro Tull and Anoushka Shankar at Bangalore, India.



 sdn wrote:
It's always a good time for some Jethro Tull.
{#Yes}
 
indeed!



It's always a good time for some Jethro Tull.
{#Yes}
That drummer kicks ass!
Brilliant stuff.
Not one of Ian's better songs, but it's a classic and worth hearing now and then.
Music to my ears
Another song I still look forward to hearing regularly.  Always sounds good and welcome to the ears.  Not bad for a 41 yo track.
RP needs to swap this song out for My God, then there would be no complaints. {#Eh}
I'm gonna have to throw some love Tulls way.

Watch them do this song live at the Isle of Wight in 1970. Excellent drumming by Clive Bunker.
Enough already, pretty annoying...
 Hannio wrote:


Really.  And that Beethoven guy has been dead for over a hundred years, at least.  Forget the past!

 

Jethro Tull and Beethoven??  A rather extreme example of "exaggeration for the sake of clarity."
 j7 wrote:

Love the Tull for sure.........um........ except isn't Ian Anderson like 90 ?

 
He's a few years younger than Mick Jagger, and Mick still seems to be doing... something.

 gumbo73039 wrote:
AAAAH Bliss!
Been a long time Tull fan, going to see them again early next year, should be good.
 
Love the Tull for sure.........um........ except isn't Ian Anderson like 90 ?

Instant college flashback
This is how I feel today.  Nothing is easy.  {#Yell}
AAAAH Bliss!
Been a long time Tull fan, going to see them again early next year, should be good.
 OnYerLeft wrote:
Enough with the Jethro Tull already.  Let's move on, shall we?
 

Really.  And that Beethoven guy has been dead for over a hundred years, at least.  Forget the past!

{#Drummer}
 tulfan wrote:
Likely my personal favorite off this gem of a disk.

 
LowPhreak wrote:
Old Tull never gets old!

Bill, how about tossing "Back To The Family" into the rotation as well?!
 


 

I didn't know this album until RP started playing cuts from it. "Nothing is Easy" got a LOT of airtime in the 70s, but it's great to hear it again. Must have this disc. 


Yes, that particular song really resonates with me, too!

 
tulfan wrote:
Likely my personal favorite off this gem of a disk.

 
LowPhreak wrote:
Old Tull never gets old!

Bill, how about tossing "Back To The Family" into the rotation as well?!
 
 


Enough with the Jethro Tull already.  Let's move on, shall we?
 paulpaar wrote:
t dweebs who do not give this a 7-8 have not been on the drugs I have : and their earphones are non-existent or weak.
 

exactly! 
i love me some yazz flute...
pass the quaaludes, Prog rock is in town!  THANK YOU SEX PISTOLS!!!!
Hmm, it's a Jethro Tull song, and yet I don't have an uncontrollable urge to rip off the headphones and smash my speakers....I must ponder this more closely. In the mean time, the Tull may proceed.
Likely my personal favorite off this gem of a disk.

 
LowPhreak wrote:
Old Tull never gets old!

Bill, how about tossing "Back To The Family" into the rotation as well?!
 


t dweebs who do not give this a 7-8 have not been on the drugs I have : and their earphones are non-existent or weak.
This music is very much "of a time" and out of context it can seem a tad overwrought, but when it first came out it was so spectacularly original!!
 Tomulas wrote:
If Spinal Tap had a flute player, they'd sound something like this boring dreck.
 
Thats your opinion. Fortunately only that. You mean you don't like it!

Old Tull never gets old!

Bill, how about tossing "Back To The Family" into the rotation as well?!
 ThePoose wrote:


I knew that songs could move you, but I didn't know they could f*ck you!
Anyways, the song was underage, so you are lucky they didn't throw you in jail.

 
{#Lol}  It's the weird tempo that does it!

For those of you who did'nt think TULL COULD ROCK!!!!!
Those boys could stand on their heads and RIP!!!!

Bill! Stay outta my iTunes files!!! {#Lol}
More TULL!!! This song is the story of my life and definitely could be no better song for a panic attack/depressive day. Nothing was easy when he wrote this and nothing is easy still... Nothing. Is. Easy!

Tull is synonymous with RP and where else would we hear it. Rock on Bill.


LOVE the Tull.............more please


Nice JT, but there are many more preferable.
Nothing is easy...except chilling to this song.{#Dance}
 jhorton wrote:

F both of you.

Turn up the volume, sit back and listen., 

Nothing like these guys before or since. 
 
whatever. . . this stuff is crap. . .


 number7 wrote:
Great tune. Love their first 3 lp's.
Hit & miss after that.
Seen them a number of times.
Great in concert.
 

 vandal wrote:


agreed. . .
 
F both of you.

Turn up the volume, sit back and listen., 

Nothing like these guys before or since. 
I vote YES!!!!! Tull was so damn good in concert, what energy, Ian Anderson really is amazing as was rest of band
Great tune. Love their first 3 lp's.
Hit & miss after that.
Seen them a number of times.
Great in concert.
If you must know...I was 17, and maybe it was Aqua Lung...but I did have all the other LPs....happy that my comment gave you some happiness....

gandalfbmg wrote:

This gets my nod for "Best song comment ever" Edit: did some digging, and you were approximately 12 years old when this album came out... unless your profile birth year is wrong...




This takes me back to the old days of WQMF (Louisville, KY) and the weekend "12 Packs". Twelve songs in a row, by the same artist, commercial free. I bet I had 300 hours of that music on my reel-to-reel!
Tull had the "mojo" back then. Man, they were so good! {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
ROCK and ROLL!
I am 16. It is 1970. This is relevation. I have discovered the music of my life.
 cathenley wrote:
I think I lost my virginioty to this song...
 

I knew that songs could move you, but I didn't know they could f*ck you!
Anyways, the song was underage, so you are lucky they didn't throw you in jail.

More Tull, Yay!  Except I missed it!{#Frustrated}{#Frustrated}{#Frustrated}
Tomulas wrote:
If Spinal Tap had a flute player, they'd sound something like this boring dreck.


agreed. . .


Tomulas wrote:

If Spinal Tap had a flute player, they'd sound something like this boring dreck.



This from someone with all one ratings, and no other ratings, not a single rating other than ones. That's called trolling. So your opinion, an ignorant one, is worth as much as what your ratings say about it.


Genius drums.

Genius song.

Genius band if you were alive at this time. 

If Spinal Tap had a flute player, they'd sound something like this boring dreck.
very talented Scot..! no drug demise, a successful business man in life, selling salmon. gret concert memories :-)
Jethro Tull is a beating of the highest order. :no:
chyk5 wrote:
I've never liked Tull, but this is quite good.
Since this is quintessential Tull, what was it exactly that you didn't like about Tull?
gandalfbmg wrote:
This gets my nod for "Best song comment ever" Edit: did some digging, and you were approximately 12 years old when this album came out... unless your profile birth year is wrong... :ask:
I lost my virginity to Electric Ladyland ... I was born in 85 ... doesn't mean I was -17 years old when it happened.
I've never liked Tull, but this is quite good.
gandalfbmg wrote:
This gets my nod for "Best song comment ever" Edit: did some digging, and you were approximately 12 years old when this album came out... unless your profile birth year is wrong... :ask:
So the song must have been banned from the radio four years later?? C'mon, think!
Flashdog wrote:
Essential Tull! :biggrin:
No such thing!!
Essential Tull! :biggrin:
cathenley wrote:
I think I lost my virginioty to this song...
This gets my nod for "Best song comment ever" Edit: did some digging, and you were approximately 12 years old when this album came out... unless your profile birth year is wrong... :ask:
I love the contradiction in terms..."Nothing is easy"
I think I lost my virginioty to this song...
Listening to this song at work and remaining productive isn't easy.
Yeah yeah me too. I was cringing the whole time. Oh, wait, you said not your comments. Nevermind. jnhashmi wrote:
2 rating. Jethro Dull. And oh yea, bands should be prohibited from ever ending a song like that, especially in concert. "Ooooh, the false ending, yeah you got me, ooooh, you're so clever!" Does this make anyone else cringe? (not my comments, but the ending that won't end.)
Jay-tee wrote:
Yaaaaaeeeeeyyyyy!! The Tull!!! Bring it oooooonnnnnnnn!!!
Och, aye'm with yoo!
Yaaaaaeeeeeyyyyy!! The Tull!!! Bring it oooooonnnnnnnn!!!
2 rating. Jethro Dull. And oh yea, bands should be prohibited from ever ending a song like that, especially in concert. "Ooooh, the false ending, yeah you got me, ooooh, you're so clever!" Does this make anyone else cringe? (not my comments, but the ending that won't end.)