Oblique Suggestions

I found this gem today….from 46 years ago!

This is a  great example of the depth and talent of the band  Jethro Tull, especially Martin.

A live recording, but superhumanly close to the studio version.



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 rabbit-run.
And threw away his looking-glass
Saw his face in everyone.
Minstrel In The Gallery lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to Oblique Suggestions

  1. Claudia says:

    Ahhhhhh….Ian. Jethro. Some of the best music ever. In one of my novels I made the discheveled king look like Ian. Even said so. Jethro Tull’s music is such a wonderful combination of rock and middle ages and minstrels. Thank you for the ride.

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  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Really appreciated reading here in 2016.

    Best wishes for 2017.


    Liked by 1 person

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