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Jethro Tull — Wond'ring Aloud
Album: Aqualung
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Released: 1971
Length: 1:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Wond'ring aloud --
How we feel today.
Last night sipped the sunset --
My hands in her hair.
We are our own saviours
As we start both our hearts beating life
Into each other.

Wond'ring aloud --
Will the years treat us well.
As she floats in the kitchen,
I'm tasting the smell
Of toast as the butter runs.
Then she comes, spilling crumbs on the bed
And I shake my head.
And it's only the giving
That makes you what you are.
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I recall being in the front yard working on some aspect of a ditch that my father had been digging along the street. Tedious work. Then the local Cleveland station's DJ announced that at that moment they were premiering  Aqualung in the US. Whether this is true or not, although not really fan of the band, I still have an emotional response when these songs show up. At the time Cleveland was considered something like the ideal city to break new acts and I understand that a lot of bands were first introduced in that area. Maybe this means that there were benefits to living in that area? Still an open question
My fav JT album. 🥰
Amen, brother!



 
memoryboxer wrote:
...While most folk tend to like Tull for the rockers like Aqualung and Locomtive Breath, it's Anderson's softer poetic side that has always resonated best for me, especially their "Country Gentlemen" phase of Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Stormwatch and Broadsword and The Beast...
 xkolibuul wrote:

They have lots of short ones as well as long ones.  Just not played on, well, any station but this one.  
 
This is the ONLY place I ever hear J. Tull. 
 
I was 11 when Aqualung came out and my next door neighbour (who had older brothers) introduced me to Jethro Tull. Been with them ever since; 14 times in concert and all but the last two albums. While most folk tend to like Tull for the rockers like Aqualung and Locomtive Breath, it's Anderson's softer poetic side that has always resonated best for me, especially their "Country Gentlemen" phase of Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Stormwatch and Broadsword and The Beast. This song remains one of my favourite love songs of all time.
Two stanzas of timeless brilliant beauty 
 Papernapkin wrote:
This ain't rock and roll.
 
True, but this is not a "rock and roll" station.
I haven't listened to Aqualung in so long I forgot about this song. Nice to hear it again. Maybe I should play the album just to see what else might be on there.
If you could only ever write one song ..........
A Masterpiece. This band remains unrecognized for their brilliance. 
 ziggytrix wrote:
huh.. that was awfully short for a Jethro Tull song. {#Ask}
 
They have lots of short ones as well as long ones.  Just not played on, well, any station but this one.  
huh.. that was awfully short for a Jethro Tull song. {#Ask}
I to forget this wonderful item. 
milesfinn wrote:

Ditto — what a great song, great musician, and lyrics too. No mention of snot.

 


 ScottishWillie wrote:

I know this album really well but had inexplicably forgotten about this brilliant little track. Must be my age!



 
Ditto — what a great song, great musician, and lyrics too. No mention of snot.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

I know this album really well but had inexplicably forgotten about this brilliant little track. Must be my age!



 
Don't be too hard (pun intended) on yourself Willie. It is 46 years ago now.

Being a Jethro Tull number - instant 9

I know this album really well but had inexplicably forgotten about this brilliant little track. Must be my age!


Sounds very much like "Nursie", my other favourite JT song. Keep up the good work, RP.
 Skydog wrote:
1972, blazing on the interstate 
from the Mitten to 'Bama
had to get home fast
8-track looping and looping
sunrise as i roll thru Louisville 
with this tape  screaming Oh Aqualung!

 
A nice image evocative of a wonderful time in my own life. Thanks.
1972, blazing on the interstate 
from the Mitten to 'Bama
had to get home fast
8-track looping and looping
sunrise as i roll thru Louisville 
with this tape  screaming Oh Aqualung!
Love this song. Perfect morning timing. Thanks.
10 with no doubts. Thanks to RP!
Lordy, Lordy what a great album this is, brings back really great memories of a different time.
 
My favorite Tull song. There's a 'sister song' to this called "Wond'ring Again" on "Living In The Past" (i think). It's longer, but just as lovely.
Edit: 5 min later  from above... i see that others have made this same comment...

RIP Glen Comick
Love the obscure Tull tunes...   Wond'ring Aloud, Dun Ringall (which I visited when in Scotland last year.. not much left of it I'm afraid), Valhalla, Mother Goose, Mayhem Maybe, and the list goes on.   Great live act as well...   you can keep the commercial tunes like Aqualung and Living in the Past... 

Jethro Tull = Rock Gods
"Another song, "Wond'ring Again" was recorded in early sessions in 1970 and considered for release on the album before Anderson decided to drop it from the final tracklisting. It was subsequently released on the compilation album, Living in the Past, in 1972. However, elements of the song—essentially its coda—were included on Aqualung as "Wond'ring Aloud".

Thank you, Wikipedia.  Had to go digging through eyetoons to see which was which ...

I went and saw Tull in Asbury Park,NJ right after this album came out.

The following Saturday I went to a party and had too much to drink(and smoke).Someone played this album and when "Oh God" came on.. I grabbed a small stick and started doing my best Ian Anderson imitation.Crowd loved it!

What can I say....I'm a ham!


Beautiful. perfect
I love hearing acoustic Tull. This one especially.
Nice to hear that tune again after many years. Thanks Bill
Very refreshing to hear something other than Aqualung and Bungle in the Jungle.  I have a completely different appreciation for Tull after hearing some of these deeper tracks.

Everybody in my church loves this song... and this whole album...
 
The whole album is exellent!
 Templar13 wrote:
And now right into Mother Goose?
{#Jump}
 
My two favorite songs off the album. Really liked how the one flowed to the other...
And now right into Mother Goose?
{#Jump}

 

This song is soooo good it puts a spring in my step this winter night...


I agree !

 
NewFee wrote:
I cannot think of a more achingly romantic song. Absolutely beautiful...
 




Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
I cannot think of a more achingly romantic song. Absolutely beautiful...
Class. It amazes me that the band that created a string of great albums in the late 60's and early 70's could morph into the creators of albums such as 'A'. 
Hey ho, at least we have this. 
I can't remember which one, but a Jethro Tull track was playing in a pub (Nice, old-fashioned place with proper timbers and snug little rooms) while on holiday with my dad. We asked the barman what the radio station was.

He told us all about Radio Paradise. Been listening ever since
I saw JT way back when, right after this album first debuted in America.  it was at Madison Square Garden, and they played most of Aqualung, then  stopped, and Ian said, "we would like to play something new for you, hope you like it..."  where upon they launched into the complete rendition of Thick as a Brick, much to my delight.  what a show.  all these years later i still get gooseflesh thinking about it. go Tull!!
 shayde wrote:

My friend, this is the SOUL of rock and roll.  If you have not listened to Aqualung from beginning to end, perhaps this won't make sense - educate yourself...  run, do not walk, run, and get this album, lock yourself in a room, and listen to it.  Return enlightened.
 
I am not saying that Jethro Tull in general - or this song in particular - are disqualified from being considered "rock 'n' roll", but "the SOUL of rock and roll"?  That's a bit of a stretch to me.  There are several dozen recording artists who could be deemed that before this band - starting, perhaps, with Chuck Berry.  To each his own.
{#Meditate}
 Papernapkin wrote:
This ain't rock and roll.
 
Why would you expose your limited taste in such a way as that statement?  Notice the similarities to "Skating Away?" 

 shayde wrote:

My friend, this is the SOUL of rock and roll.  If you have not listened to Aqualung from beginning to end, perhaps this won't make sense - educate yourself...  run, do not walk, run, and get this album, lock yourself in a room, and listen to it.  Return enlightened.
 
cheers.

I'm always wond'ring aloud when I hear this song. So goooood.
 shayde wrote:

My friend, this is the SOUL of rock and roll.  If you have not listened to Aqualung from beginning to end, perhaps this won't make sense - educate yourself...  run, do not walk, run, and get this album, lock yourself in a room, and listen to it.  Return enlightened.
 
Could not say it better! This is it!

 Papernapkin wrote:
This ain't rock and roll.
 
My friend, this is the SOUL of rock and roll.  If you have not listened to Aqualung from beginning to end, perhaps this won't make sense - educate yourself...  run, do not walk, run, and get this album, lock yourself in a room, and listen to it.  Return enlightened.
Go see them live, they seem to get better and better. Their gig in Paignton (UK) was a sell out, and they were superb.
Great tune, solid 9.
More Tull please, Bill. 
{#Cool}

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 parrothead wrote:

JT is on tour this year and I'm on a mission to see them. Even if I must catch a plane to meet up with them.
  



I'm sure I will need to catch a plane - but I really should try to see them as well. This record is all 10's in my book.
This ain't rock and roll.
 starcloud wrote:
still nothing (on RP) from "Minstrel In The Gallery" (the pinnacle of Ian Anderson's career)

 
IMO that's one of the weak ones. I have most of his stuff and there's alot out there but I have not totally connected with "Minstrel In The Gallery". Check out the CD "A Night Cap", there are outtakes on there from the "Minstrel of the Gallery" sessions.

 Jonh_Cooper wrote:
Just wonderful.Rock is rock.I love Ac/Dc,(the good Bon Scott era).I love Led Zepelin.But listening J Tull,Cohen,and others,brings me peace of mind.From A to Z,we find the human adventure on Earth,on the rocn n roll universe.Everything is there.These guys had the God gift of creation.They left us masterpieces,that will remain for eternity.Can we compare this music,with the new Lady Gaga `s stuff,and so on  ?.In this rocn n roll times,we find "kind of magic",that is slowly deseapairing.Forgive me,my bad english,but,important is made myself clear,and if someone read this,really understand what i m talking about.Rock is magic.
 
I understand your point, modern music releases in the catagory of "Rock and Roll" is hit and miss, mostly miss. There are some hiden jewels outhere. That's why I tune in to RP. I also love the classics like this one. JT is on tour this year and I'm on a mission to see them. Even if I must catch a plane to meet up with them.
  I sometimes think " why is Ian still touring" he sure does not need the money. I need to see them before he says "the hell with it" I'm going to one of my country estates.

Just wonderful.Rock is rock.I love Ac/Dc,(the good Bon Scott era).I love Led Zepelin.But listening J Tull,Cohen,and others,brings me peace of mind.From A to Z,we find the human adventure on Earth,on the rocn n roll universe.Everything is there.These guys had the God gift of creation.They left us masterpieces,that will remain for eternity.Can we compare this music,with the new Lady Gaga `s stuff,and so on  ?.In this rocn n roll times,we find "kind of magic",that is slowly deseapairing.Forgive me,my bad english,but,important is made myself clear,and if someone read this,really understand what i m talking about.Rock is magic.
 hopper99 wrote:
I rarely give a 10. This is one of the few cases.
 
I rarely give a 1, but here it seems to be justified.

Still my favorite song by the Tull.
Wonderful.
 Maz127 wrote:
Jethro Tull is amazing.
 
Then why you'd only give them a measly 8 for this?!!?   {#Clap}
Jethro Tull is amazing.
I rarely give a 10. This is one of the few cases.
 SuzenJueL wrote:
I'm not a huge fan of Jethro Tull,  but I like this....it has a certain twist of dylan or something I can't quite put my finger on....
 
Jethro Tull has done many songs of this type.  How far have you actually explored their library?
 SuzenJueL wrote:
I'm not a huge fan of Jethro Tull,  but I like this....it has a certain twist of dylan or something I can't quite put my finger on....

 
I propose a toast!

I think you're just tasting the smell (as the butter runs).

Hear here!


Such beautiful guitarwork.


love it...  this is from great album...


daveesh wrote:
nothing like a bit of the ole menstrual show sound...
 
bronorb wrote:


BTW, Did you mean "Minstral" maybe?
If not, it's way funnier.
 
actually it's minstrel, but you're right, menstrual is hilarious (my brother calls John Mellencamp, who ruined a Who/Tull show for us, John Menstrual Cramp...)

Wond'ring aloud —
how we feel today.
Last night sipped the sunset —
my hands in her hair.
We are our own saviours
as we start both our hearts beating life
into each other.
Wond'ring aloud —
will the years treat us well.
As she floats in the kitchen,
I'm tasting the smell
of toast as the butter runs.
Then she comes, spilling crumbs on the bed
and I shake my head.
And it's only the giving
that makes you what you are.

Word. {#Meditate}
 Bleyfusz wrote:
Each time I see this cover it brings one line from the title track forth of my memory: "....eying little girls with bad intent...."
 

SNOT running down his nose...
I'm not a huge fan of Jethro Tull,  but I like this....it has a certain twist of dylan or something I can't quite put my finger on....

 daveesh wrote:
nothing like a bit of the ole menstrual show sound...
 

BTW, Did you mean "Minstral" maybe?
If not, it's way funnier.
One of my favorites off this album.
A true masterpiece.
Especially the last line...
Brilliant... goose bumps all over!
still nothing (on RP) from "Minstrel In The Gallery" (the pinnacle of Ian Anderson's career)

 TimothyC wrote:


He does! Try some of Ian's solo work... Well-crafted, tuneful, with a folkish bent throughout.
    It's that folkish bent that I find regrettable - This sounds much more authentic.
I learned to play the flute as a child because of Jethro Tull. My dad has a couple of Jethro Tull albums, and I can remember being amazed by their sound when I was a child. I still am.
Another even shorter song on 'Aqualung" called 'Slipstream' has been like a mantra to me, a constant reminder to go-with-the-flow instead of trying to push-the-river. Saved my sanity many-a-time! Is it true that Ian Anderson's sister was the lyricist? Perhaps it was/is a time-and-place thing, perhaps music moves some of us in profound ways but this album changed the direction of my life and I've never looked back.. Bla bla bla zzzzzz This Album gets my highest vote/accolades 11-out-of-10 Peace :cool:
Each time I see this cover it brings one line from the title track forth of my memory: "....eying little girls with bad intent...."
A great song that was lost in the shuffle and bustle of Aqualung.
Such a beautiful song! Short but sweet!
Probably my all time favorite Tull tune.
This album is a classic and blows all else by Tull out of the water.
nigelr wrote:
Godlike song, godlike album, godlike band!!!!!!!! "it's only the giving that makes you what you are" Wayyyyy to short..........
Need I say more? NO! You said it all... Godlike indeed.
Awesome !!! :motor:
Godlike song, godlike album, godlike band!!!!!!!! "it's only the giving that makes you what you are" Wayyyyy to short..........
Great song, great album.
Without having looked at the playlist, I thought "Man, this sounds like that one song by Jethro Tull." Then I looked. "Oh."
Such a wonderfully domestic song-talking about the simple joys. I hope we all age as well as this song has!
CCinSB wrote:
Love this song.
Me too, just wish it was longer.
Love this song.
Wonderful stuff!
MinMan wrote:
Exquisit! Why couldn't he just continue writing / performing tunes like this one?
He does! Try some of Ian's solo work. For example, The Secret Language of Birds. Well-crafted, tuneful, with a folkish bent throughout.
Exquisit! Why couldn't he just continue writing / performing tunes like this one?
What a time it was.
:sunny: :yes: :sunny:
From the days when the dream of a better world was still alive. Great tune, great album!
A band that really opened the door of "progressive rock"; Imagine, a silly man playing a flute and producing Rock n' Roll?!?!?!?!?! Saw them three times at the old Boston Garden.... Nothing like it. This is a wonderful tune. Lost in the shadow of "Aqualung".
MikeCloud wrote:
:sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: Nice to hear some Tull after all these years...
Definitely one of the best. Absolutely survivors! Saw them twice back in the day, and look forward to seeing them again.
nothing like a bit of the ole menstrual show sound...
:sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: :sunny: Nice to hear some Tull after all these years...