Jethro Tull - Fallen On Hard Times Lyrics




Fallen on hard times --- but it feels good to know
that milk and honey's just around the bend.
Running on bad lines --- we'd better run as we go,
Tear up, tear up the overdraft again.

Oh, dear Prime Minister --- it's all such a mess.
Go right ahead and pull the rotten tooth.
Oh, Mr. President --- you've been put to the test.
Come clean, for once, and hit us with the truth.

Looking for sunshine --- oh but it's black and it's cold
Yet, you say that milk and honey's just round the bend.
Giving us a hard time, my friends
handing us the same line again.

Fallen on hard times --- and there's nowhere to hide
Now they've re-possessed the Rolls Royce and the mink.

Turning on the peace sign --- and it's back to the wood.
Soon there will be raised a holy stink.

Somebody wake me. I've been sleeping too long.
Oh, I don't have to take this lying down.
You can keep your promises. Shove `em where they belong.
Don't ask me to the party --- won't be around.





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Jethro Tull Fallen On Hard Times Comments
  1. Terry Appel

    Anyone who gave this a thumbs down is a dumb ass. I am done.

  2. Tom Mittemeyer

    Beautiful tune! I had just graduated from college. Started digging JT in 9th grade. Here we are in ‘19 and it’s not only sounding just as good as it did in 82, but I’m a smarter man. I know the 82 recession was the meaning of the song...But

    Having fallen on hard times myself here and there, I realize that as usual Ian has it right. I’ve already drank the milk and that peanut butter and honey sandwich was the perfect compliment.

  3. Steven Haywood

    Great song from a great album. Love the glockenspiel. Ian's voice was good in those days!
    sttgaegoaktd

    Luis Rey Guerrero Rojano

    Jethro en sus buenos tiempos, Mr. Anderson aún con muy buena voz.

  4. Rich Warner

    this song ought to be sent to TRUMP to listen to and heed!!!!!!!!

    tixximmi1

    Trump brought on the Milk and Honey. No hard times now. 2Q2Q

  5. Evan Oglesby

    Chess music

  6. johnny zell

    Fallen on hard times but it feels good to know,
    that milk and honey's just around the bend.
    Running on bad lines we'd better run as we go,
    Tear up, tear up the overdraft again.
    Oh, dear Prime Minister it's all such a mess.
    Go right ahead and pull the rotten tooth.
    Oh, Mr. President you've been put to the test.
    Come clean, for once, and hit us with the truth.
    Looking for sunshine oh but it's black and it's cold
    Yet, you say that milk and honey's just round the bend.
    Giving us a hard time, my friends
    handing us the same line again.
    Fallen on hard times and there's nowhere to hide
    Now they've re-possessed the Rolls Royce and the mink.
    Turning on the peace sign and it's back to the wood.
    Soon there will be raised a holy stink.
    Somebody wake me. I've been sleeping too long.
    Oh, I don't have to take this lying down.
    You can keep your promises. Shove 'em where they belong.
    Don't ask me to the party, won't be around.
    Looking for sunshine oh but it's black and it's cold
    Yet, you say that milk and honey's just round the bend.
    Giving us a hard time, my friends
    handing us the same line again.
    Fallen on hard times. We've fallen on hard times.
    Fallen on hard times. If you read between the lines.
    Fallen on hard times.

  7. joe mer

    recession of '82

  8. sandinyourshoes

    Classic music from Ian and the boys. I cannot believe how it is still fresh after many years.

  9. joe mer

    original reference : Maggie & R.R.

  10. Dennis Hinklr

    One of the best

  11. DrDem420

    such a good song.

  12. GamerZapocalypse

    ...I don't have to take this lying down

  13. monkeyboy4746

    Did Jethro Tull the band ever have a song about Jethro Tull the man?

    Steven Haywood

    Yes, I think so. A bonus track from Heavy Horses sessions seems to be about the book that Jethro Tull wrote called Horse Hoeing Husbandry. Good song too.
    sttgaegoaktd

    monkeyboy4746

    Yes, it does have a sort of a John Barleycorn feel about it.

    Sandro Kovalev

    @Steven Haywood Yes, I was going to say the same...I believe that's the only song they've done that referenced Jethro Tull the agriculturalist. I can't tell if the song is finished the way it is, but could have been a great fit for the Heavy Horses album, what with the "farm and field" theme of the album.

    tixximmi1

    Ian also has songs recorded at St Bartholomew's Church where Jethro Tull is buried. There's a picture of Ian walking by a tombstone with Jethro's name on it.

  14. Corrupted

    Their best album for me!

    Dillo Tank

    Every Jethro Tull album is excellent. You just have to listen to it enough to appreciate it. Tull is an acquired taste. Every new album takes some getting used to.

    badumpy

    i sorta agree with this premise...

    willicat441

    That's exactly what my experience was, even though I was a devout fan and lover of prog when these songs were new!  Ian's eclectic range kept you guessing where he was goin next.  Eventually our mind pieces together the challenge of his well thought-out song structures,  and the words begin to have meaning...
    A Passion Play took 2 listens,  but I recognized all the amazing parts and soon the cohesive flow becomes apparent!

    Luis Rey Guerrero Rojano

    ...totally AGREE!!!

  15. Kent Mains

    Excellent album.