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“Aqualung” is a song by English band Jethro Tull, featured as the first track on their 1971 album Aqualung, and written by the band’s frontman, Ian Anderson, and his then-wife, Jennie Franks. The original recording runs for 6 minutes and 32 seconds. Like many of Jethro Tull’s songs, “Aqualung” tells a story —in this case, the story of a homeless man. The opening lyrics are “Sitting on a park bench / Eyeing little girls with bad intent”.

The song is the title track from Jethro Tull’s first U.S. Top 10 album, which reached #7 in June of 1971.

In an interview with Ian Anderson in the September 1999 Guitar World he said:

Aqualung wasn’t a concept album, although a lot of people thought so. The idea came about from a photograph my wife at the time took of a tramp in London. I had feelings of guilt about the homeless, as well as fear and insecurity with people like that who seem a little scary. And I suppose all of that was combined with a slightly romanticized picture of the person who is homeless but yet a free spirit, who either won’t or can’t join in society’s prescribed formats.

So from that photograph and those sentiments, I began writing the words to ‘Aqualung.’ I can remember sitting in a hotel room in L.A., working out the chord structure for the verses. It’s quite a tortured tangle of chords, but it was meant to really drag you here and there and then set you down into the more gentle acoustic section of the song.


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Sitting on a park bench
Eying little girls with bad intent
Snot's running down his nose
Greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes, hey, Aqualung

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  • aldrignedigen

    I wish most of their songs were like this one

    5 Aug 4:16pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    mega classic

    2 Aug 5:24am Reply
  • Distron

    talent X 10

    30 Apr 4:56pm Reply
  • Nikilish

    Rock! Love! :o)

    19 Apr 11:54pm Reply
  • AlexChaus


    16 Apr 12:48pm Reply
  • clairelovesyou

    cool cover art

    23 Mar 3:23pm Reply
  • zoborey

    chills, chills everywhere.. magnificent guitar solo

    22 Mar 12:10am Reply
  • vijay_venkat87

    Fantastic track

    27 Feb 1:28am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    19 Feb 3:33pm Reply
  • Assedor

    This respected band has always sought to extract a diverse and deep sound. They have always been adventurous in the choice of material, and in the philosophical approach to the music. They produce a great impression of a mixture of artistry and power of influence. It makes sense to have them for your own collection.

    16 Feb 6:44am Reply
  • mondojohnny

    I think I saw this guy in the park everywhere everyday....

    6 Feb 10:18pm Reply
  • OriginalBard

    There by the grace of God... Once again a tear is shed, you poor old sod

    19 Jan 2:38am Reply
  • robertwneal

    J.T. was always a Head Liner back at Party Central where it was the place to B.

    15 Jan 7:44pm Reply
  • notwhatseem

    feeling alone...

    3 Jan 6:07pm Reply
  • Fritzl007

    I love "The whistler" very much, but Aqualung ist my classical JT-Song

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • marjo47

    One of bigbear63 favorites, great song and band. I remember the good times we had listening to this music.

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    awww that's great! You must have picked your nose a lot when you were younger.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mcdonouj

    This song will forever hold a special place in my heart. It was the song that got me interested in JT and Ian Anderson.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • radio_face

    Ian, mon frère!

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • continuousshot

    "Aqualung my friend"

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
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