I’ve really missed the song challenge so I’ve taken it upon myself to share another song that I love so here we go …
Jethro Tull – Minstrel In The Gallery.
I’ll try not to do this too often but there’s just so many wonderful songs to share.
I’ve seen them live more times that I care to mention and this song although not my Tull ultimate favourite was one of the ones that drew me in and turned me into a mega fan. I still have everything they have ever recorded and occasionally drag it all out and relive the years that I wouldn’t listen to anything else. Enjoy.
“Minstrel In The Gallery”
He met the gazes — observed the spaces between the
old men’s cackle.
He brewed a song of love and hatred — oblique
suggestions — and he waited.
He polarized the pumpkin-eaters — static-humming
panel-beaters — freshly day-glow’d factory cheaters
(salaried and collar-scrubbing).
He titillated men-of-action — belly warming, hands
still rubbing on the parts they never mention.
He pacified the nappy-suffering, infant-bleating
one-line jokers — T.V. documentary makers
(overfed and undertakers).
Sunday paper backgammon players — family-scarred
Then he called the band down to the stage and he
looked at all the friends he’d made.
The minstrel in the gallery looked down on the
And threw away his looking-glass – saw his face in