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Jethro Tull — Living In The Past
Album: Living In The Past
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Released: 1972
Length: 3:14
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Happy, and I'm smiling, walk a mile to drink your water.
You know I'd love to love you, and above you there's no other
We'll go walking out while others shout of war's disaster.
Oh, we won't give in, let's go living in the past.

Once I'd used to join in every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there's revolution but they don't know what they're fighting.
Let us close our eyes. Outside their lives go on much faster
Oh, we won't give in, we'll keep living in the past.

Oh, we won't give in, let's go living in the past.
Oh, no, no, we won't give in, let's go living in the past.
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 bruceandjenna wrote:

...  Even more so in 2019, with a [perhaps] billionaire president and definitely billionaire cabinet.  These facts are not in dispute, regardless of cries of Fake News.

Billionaire?  I'll wait to see his tax returns before agreeing.  Who knows?  Maybe he'll reveal them as he heads to prison.

And that's NOT fake news.

Y'all know he played a duet with astronaut Cady Coleman while she was weightless on the International Space Station, right?

Of course you did.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeC4nqBB5BM
 GT66 wrote:


All the world's ills are not laid at the feet of the 1%. However, their domination of our "representative" government can be laid at their feet and as long as the 1% insist on ensuring their 3/4 share of the representation then they can take the bad along with the good.

Look at it this way, a corporation is considered a person with a right to representation Who sits on those corporate boards? So not only do the 1% get their personal "representation" but their corporate interests get another slice of the representative government pie.

And also, who lobbies for the average person? No one, that's who. Yet the 1% AND their corporations have 24/7 lobbying access to THE PEOPLE'S representatives and the other 99% only have indirect (and dwindling) lobbying means through letters, phone calls and protests all of which are "filtered" through lackeys.

Again, the %1 may not be at fault for every ill in the world but as long as they are hogging the queue to make sure their needs are met first and foremost, the issues left to go on corrupted or unaddressed as a result might as well be their fault.


 
Still true.  Even more so in 2019, with a [perhaps] billionaire president and definitely
billionaire cabinet.  These facts are not in dispute, regardless of cries of Fake News.

Now back to the music.  Long live RP!


Always brings back GOOD memories of good times!
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
Flute, rock, britches
 
Roots, Rock, Reggae.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Flute rock, bitches!
 
Flute, rock, britches

FYT 
Flute rock, bitches!
Best song ever. 
I sell mid-century furniture for a living, all the while diggin' super rock from the greatest, quite a life  : )
foot tappin' here {#Dancingbanana_2}
I've always loved the 10/8 time signature.
I do wish that we might hear a selection from the "Too old to rock-n-roll, too young to die" album, instead of this worn out hit.  
 westslope wrote:

Now that sounds like a story.....   

 
Not one I wish to tell!  

->insert oblig. Philip Larkin quote here<-

Anyway, I now subject my kids to Tull of a car journey.  They'll thank me, one day...
 chunkymunky wrote:
.....

I never advanced through the grades and he fled north from my mother...  Not sure either are Ian Anderson's fault.

 
Now that sounds like a story.....   
I used to play along on the flute when I was young and my dad was around (early 80's of a weekend - much preferred to bloody classical flute practice).  Got the overblowing right even then.

I never advanced through the grades and he fled north from my mother...  Not sure either are Ian Anderson's fault.
The claves are a nice touch.
 pixel-pusher wrote:
So, if I still love this song, does that mean I'm living in the past?

 
Maybe you're just visiting.
Joyous!
So, if I still love this song, does that mean I'm living in the past?
Haha I get the segue now - Ray LaMontagne's voice (in Airwaves) is like that flute. youre funny Bill
A one-legged singer is almost always better than a one-lunged singer.

 
I really appreciate hearing Jethro Tull. It tests my reflexes. I am getting faster and faster at hitting that PSD button!

I like this, but I'm usually living in the past.

.... and Marshall Tucker played rock and roll with a flute.  I would say that Marshall Tucker is even more living in the past, put I passed their equipment truck southbound on I-85 last weekend just outside of Charlotte.  I assume they were headed back to Spartanburg.


Fantastic, thanks....
beautiful follow through from Kings of Convenience - Misread
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Rock and roll flute. No one does it better. Actually, no one else does it at all. Still...

 
I have to say, I never warmed up to the rock and roll flute.
 Cynaera wrote:

I'll add a little to this - sometimes the Occupy movement might get a little sidetracked by the media (dazzled by that fifteen minutes of fame or the excuse to be "bad,") but the core of the movement remains solid and determined to continue the protest. It's interesting that the longer these valiant folks stand firm, the angrier the targets get, and the more unscrupulous their methods to desist become (as if they could be any more unscrupulous.) A wise man once told me, "If you throw a rock into a pack of wild dogs, the one that yells the loudest is the one who got hit."  All we have to do is listen for the loud yell of that wild dog who got hit.

I agree, kaybee - not my favorite Tull song, but it's still good to hear it sometimes.

 

 
miss you so much, Cynaera...

everybody in my homeless camp loves "Living In The Past"... 
Rock and roll flute. No one does it better. Actually, no one else does it at all. Still...
Love this song, saw Tull back in the eighties and the friend I went with declared confidently that Ian Anderson never played this anymore, fortunately he was wrong. Tull were dated then and still are but what does that matter, its the music that matters. The flute is excellent and seeing him as I did pirouetting across the stage twirling the flute was what Tull was about, doubt he can do it now. A solid 9 from me.
Amazing how music can be so evocative of memory.  This song always brings me right back to 1973.  Twelve years old, listening to AM radio, on my own radio, discovering for the first time music that wasn't my parents music...

 She got you

Augustus wrote:

never heard that before, did I just hear the kinks in there?  Girl you really got me now....

 


never heard that before, did I just hear the kinks in there?  Girl you really got me now....
Great band, great album, great song!
This song should be left in the past.  A three at best
Yea, it's been played a million times on classic rock radio, but it's still fun to hear every once in a while. And you gotta admit that it's a groovin' song. {#Dancingbanana_2}
a shame that with such a substantial and varied back catalogue RP should just choose this "default" Tull tune.
more tull pleas'{#Yell}{#Jump}
Just fantastic. As is most of JT
Love the clave throughout. Try it at home. No? Tricky aren't they........
All this was done whilst standing on one leg......imagine what he might have accomplished if he'd stood on both.
One of my all time favorite songs!  Thanks Radio Paradise!
Somedays it seems that I can't avoid living in the past.  Three or four rows above the floor in the Omni, ear-splitting volume, and my girlfriend sitting in my lap.  She wasn't my girlfriend when the rest of us rockers bought tickets, but she was when Tull came to town, so she sat in my lap.

"She was a good girlfriend," he said to himself, then realized he was — for a moment — living in the past. 

Big 10...  wish I could vote higher... from a brilliant double album...  love it...
 
 Gregorama wrote:


A well reasoned comment. Bravo, GT66.
 
1 man, 1 vote.  It works. 
Masterful adaptation of classical themes into modern music. This album has always been one one of my favorites.

A solid eight from the Arizona contingency 
No one rocks a flute like Ian Anderson!  {#Dancingbanana}{#Bananasplit}
Favorite Tull song ever... and that is saying a lot.
Anarchists!     The music will always win out because issues, problems, concerns man himself is transitory, the song inside will always emerge and give the listener that answer which most resonates within him/her.     
 GT66 wrote:


All the world's ills are not laid at the feet of the 1%. However, their domination of our "representative" government can be laid at their feet and as long as the 1% insist on ensuring their 3/4 share of the representation then they can take the bad along with the good.

Look at it this way, a corporation is considered a person with a right to representation Who sits on those corporate boards? So not only do the 1% get their personal "representation" but their corporate interests get another slice of the representative government pie.

And also, who lobbies for the average person? No one, that's who. Yet the 1% AND their corporations have 24/7 lobbying access to THE PEOPLE'S representatives and the other 99% only have indirect (and dwindling) lobbying means through letters, phone calls and protests all of which are "filtered" through lackeys.

Again, the %1 may not be at fault for every ill in the world but as long as they are hogging the queue to make sure their needs are met first and foremost, the issues left to go on corrupted or unaddressed as a result might as well be their fault.


 



A well reasoned comment. Bravo, GT66.
Great segue
I can recall hearing this for the first time on Dad's radio in the living room and digging the flute, and the sentiment...  I can also recall one of my former friends at high school scoffing and deriding me for liking it.  It took me a few years to realize WTF did HE know, about music or anything else, for that matter?  I liked it, that I knew, and I knew it was good, not because I liked it, but...  AND THIS IS WHY I LOVE RP!
 Bad_Art wrote:

While I applaud their desire to change the status quo, the idea that so many of the world's ills can be set at the feet of this mythic 1% seems a bit too easy an answer.  Not much in this world is that simple. 
 

All the world's ills are not laid at the feet of the 1%. However, their domination of our "representative" government can be laid at their feet and as long as the 1% insist on ensuring their 3/4 share of the representation then they can take the bad along with the good.

Look at it this way, a corporation is considered a person with a right to representation Who sits on those corporate boards? So not only do the 1% get their personal "representation" but their corporate interests get another slice of the representative government pie.

And also, who lobbies for the average person? No one, that's who. Yet the 1% AND their corporations have 24/7 lobbying access to THE PEOPLE'S representatives and the other 99% only have indirect (and dwindling) lobbying means through letters, phone calls and protests all of which are "filtered" through lackeys.

Again, the %1 may not be at fault for every ill in the world but as long as they are hogging the queue to make sure their needs are met first and foremost, the issues left to go on corrupted or unaddressed as a result might as well be their fault.


 dkwalika wrote:
Nice way to slide into the weekend. Memories of high school . . .
  
Seems like you enjoy living in the past? {#Drool} Brings back those teenage memories for me as well. A classic Tull tune for sure!
 dkwalika wrote:
Nice way to slide into the weekend. Memories of high school . . .
 



Yes is. Still sounds so good!
Nice way to slide into the weekend. Memories of high school . . .
 Cynaera wrote:

I'll add a little to this - sometimes the Occupy movement might get a little sidetracked by the media (dazzled by that fifteen minutes of fame or the excuse to be "bad,") but the core of the movement remains solid and determined to continue the protest. It's interesting that the longer these valiant folks stand firm, the angrier the targets get, and the more unscrupulous their methods to desist become (as if they could be any more unscrupulous.) A wise man once told me, "If you throw a rock into a pack of wild dogs, the one that yells the loudest is the one who got hit."  All we have to do is listen for the loud yell of that wild dog who got hit.

I agree, kaybee - not my favorite Tull song, but it's still good to hear it sometimes.

 
 
While I applaud their desire to change the status quo, the idea that so many of the world's ills can be set at the feet of this mythic 1% seems a bit too easy an answer.  Not much in this world is that simple. 
Damn, this is still great after all these years.

9 to 10.
 kaybee wrote:

The Occupy movement knows very well what it's fighting - the greed and brutality of the less than 1% of the people who are unbelievably rich and are destroying the planet, spending the people's hard-earned money on wars that kill millions (all for oil and land) and who are destroying the environment and our children's future at the same time.

On that note, I must say, this is not one of my favourite Tull songs, although it's nice to listen to.  I think it's the complacent lyrics that irritated me.  Try telling someone in Watts or Harlem dealing with police brutality or someone just drafted to fight in Vietnam they "don't know what they're fighting".
 
I'll add a little to this - sometimes the Occupy movement might get a little sidetracked by the media (dazzled by that fifteen minutes of fame or the excuse to be "bad,") but the core of the movement remains solid and determined to continue the protest. It's interesting that the longer these valiant folks stand firm, the angrier the targets get, and the more unscrupulous their methods to desist become (as if they could be any more unscrupulous.) A wise man once told me, "If you throw a rock into a pack of wild dogs, the one that yells the loudest is the one who got hit."  All we have to do is listen for the loud yell of that wild dog who got hit.

I agree, kaybee - not my favorite Tull song, but it's still good to hear it sometimes.

 

 Queue wrote:
"Now there's revolution, but they don't know what they're fighting"   Sounds like current events, eh?

(the Occupy ________ movement)

 
The Occupy movement knows very well what it's fighting - the greed and brutality of the less than 1% of the people who are unbelievably rich and are destroying the planet, spending the people's hard-earned money on wars that kill millions (all for oil and land) and who are destroying the environment and our children's future at the same time.

On that note, I must say, this is not one of my favourite Tull songs, although it's nice to listen to.  I think it's the complacent lyrics that irritated me.  Try telling someone in Watts or Harlem dealing with police brutality or someone just drafted to fight in Vietnam they "don't know what they're fighting".


"Now there's revolution, but they don't know what they're fighting"   Sounds like current events, eh?

(the Occupy ________ movement)

 shakylegs wrote:
Jethro Tull can be overly played on Radio Paradise, but I'm okay with this song.
(First album ever bought was "Thick as a Brick." I'm old, get off my lawn.)
 
I agree with you. And I always loved "Thick as a Brick."  I'm old, too - mind if I pull up a lawn chair next to you?  I've brought a cooler of beer... {#Daisy} 
Bring back the FLUTE!
 
 agkagk wrote:
I love this song (and most of what Jethro Tull produced). But Ian Anderson wasn't so enamoured. In a live version of this song he introduces it as "a song we've utterly loathed for 30 long years". I can see why, because it is a bit of simplistic pop, not their most creative piece of work. It's still a 9 to me.

 
It's not that "simplistic" - for one thing: it's one of their only (if not the only) tunes which is not in 4/4 time.  It's also one of the only tunes by them I can bear to hear anymore.

One of my all-time favorite albums. {#Clap}
Flute-rock!
This song leads me to live in the past.
Jethro Tull can be overly played on Radio Paradise, but I'm okay with this song.
(First album ever bought was "Thick as a Brick." I'm old, get off my lawn.)
Love it!

Heard a Wolfmother song the other day with a mad flute solo and thought of Tull. 
Living in the past isn't good for you, but this song sure is. {#Lol}{#Lol}{#Lol}

I love this song (and most of what Jethro Tull produced). But Ian Anderson wasn't so enamoured. In a live version of this song he introduces it as "a song we've utterly loathed for 30 long years". I can see why, because it is a bit of simplistic pop, not their most creative piece of work. It's still a 9 to me.

All too good...I remember when It first came out, and it's every bit just as good listening...
great song
 Propayne wrote:
Don't think they've re-mastered this LP yet.

Wish they would.  
 
This copy sounds really crisp, much more so than the old LP (I ought to know, I only listened to it a million times...). 

I do love me this track - that flute is nice.


Nice!
Gotta give Romeo credit, with all his comments here, he REALLY likes this one.

Me too. 8.

Great ol' Tull tune {#Music}
EPIC!!
Easily a 8 to 9! Love this!
Tull is simply awesome.  
 walk wrote:
If you don't own this album you're probably stupid, or poor.
In the second case... god bless free radio!
 

Gee, do you generalize or denigrate much?


Love everything this band has done.
 sdn wrote:

Fixed that for you.
 
Your favorites list is right out of the seventies. You seem to be stuck. I don't think I can fix that for you.
you can rock on the flute!
If you don't own this album you're probably stupid, or poor.
In the second case... god bless free radio!

Rock out to good music by ~RedZeppelin6
©2008-2010 ~RedZeppelin6

Jethro Tull rocks



 Propayne wrote:
Don't think they've re-mastered this LP yet.

Wish they would.  
 
I believe it has been re-issued as a Mobile Fidelity release - probably doesn't get much better then.

Don't think they've re-mastered this LP yet.

Wish they would.  
Still have the vinyl LP....{#Biggrin}
 robco1 wrote:

This from the guy that gave The Proclaimers a 10. {#Moon}

 

Right on! Oh man, I'm still laughing! {#Lol} Yeah, I wouldn't walk 500 steps to hear papernapkins comments! {#Nyah}
the Nixon years were great for music.{#Smile}
Would agree completely.
 
crockydile wrote:

I'd say Locomotive Breath...

 


 Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
 
Fixed that for you.

Still great to listen too after all this time..{#Roflol}
Thanks for playing this great old tune! 
I am using the 3,ed from right,,,volume up !  {#Nyah}

for me, the mute button is on the number pad, top row, second from the right.
And he's such a sharp dresser.

I was more a soul man when this came out, but with age, this is another classic I have rediscovered. Thanks Bill.
 Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
 
and Mozart is old too

This holds up well to the test of time, love it...
 Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
 
Careful what you say around the Tull fans..they might hit you with their sticks with bells on them or something.

 Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
  

Not too old for Jethro, man. (Maybe for rock´n´roll, too young to die)

At any age.Only need good ear.
Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!

This from the guy that gave The Proclaimers a 10. {#Moon}

 Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
 
I'd say Locomotive Breath...

 Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
 
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 Papernapkin wrote:
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
 
Screw you ... and TYPE LOUDER, will ya?

 redstorm11 wrote:
no need to overthink it. 
 
That's good news for me  ;-)
The perfect song title for Jethro Tull fans!
My Mom used to play this for me on her flute when I was a kid.  {#Daisy}
 terriertribe wrote:
Not my favorite JT but still (you turn me on).

10pts to the first to identify that {#Ask}
 

...you mean the ELP tune??

 sharkartist wrote:
Let's see.... 38 years later and it's still standing up well. Great little tune.
 


Not my favorite JT but still (you turn me on).

10pts to the first to identify that {#Ask}
just not enough JT .............usually there's none. thank goodness for rp
Do not hate.
Jethro Dull
You stay classy, Ian Anderson!
kazuma wrote:
Don't forget Steely Dan!!! He played some pretty awesome guitar solos on his early records!!!! That dude could also play a mean sitar!!!!! And steel guitar too!!!!!! :liar:
The band is just fantastic. That is really what I think, oh by the way, which one is Pink?
Let's see.... 38 years later and it's still standing up well. Great little tune.
fretman wrote:
BTW- who is the better flute player? Jethro Tull or Marshall Tucker?
Glockman45 wrote:
I don't know. Who is a better guitar player, Led Zeppelin or Dire Straits? LOL, OMG!
Don't forget Steely Dan!!! He played some pretty awesome guitar solos on his early records!!!! That dude could also play a mean sitar!!!!! And steel guitar too!!!!!! :liar: