Just One More Song

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”

The minstrel in the gallery looked down upon the
smiling faces.
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
and women-haters.
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

10 thoughts on “Just One More Song

  1. Thanks for sharing. Minstrel is a great song, but there are even better ones on the album. I ranked Minstrel in the top third of all albums Tull on my blog. Thanks again for sharing. Enjoyed the piece.

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    • I agree but with Tull it’s hard to chose. This was the song that hooked me and made me look deeper. Having seen them 40+ times and a complete collection and their work, I can take this much more seriously. So your favourite is?


  2. Oh my word, you’ve picked some Original Masters there…definitely not Too Old to Rock and Roll. Oddly my gran had One White Duck on her wall. Obviously that was back in the day of Heavy Horses. I feel obligated to just say,

    There’s a haze on the skyline, to wish me on my way –
    And there’s a note on the telephone – some roses on a tray.
    And the motorway’s stretching right out to us all, as I pull on my old
    Wings – one white duck on your wall.
    Isn’t it just too damn real? one white duck on your wall.
    One duck on your wall.

    Not that I’m a huge fan of Tull you understand….Velvet Green, Jack-a-Lynn, Dun Ringhill, Aqualung, Under Wraps…too many to name…this is not a great post, it’s an awesome one….😊

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