Jethro Tull - Life Is A Long Song Lyrics

When you're falling awake and you take stock of the new day,
and you hear your voice croak as you choke on what you need to say,
well, don't you fret, don't you fear,
I will give you good cheer.

Life's a long song.
Life's a long song.
Life's a long song.

If you wait then your plate I will fill.

As the verses unfold and your soul suffers the long day,
and the twelve o'clock gloom spins the room,
you struggle on your way.
Well, don't you sigh, don't you cry,
lick the dust from your eye.

Life's a long song.
Life's a long song.
Life's a long song.

We will meet in the sweet light of dawn.

As the Baker Street train spills your pain all over your new dress,
and the symphony sounds underground put you under duress,
well don't you squeal as the heel grinds you under the wheel.

Life's a long song.
Life's a long song.
Life's a long song.

But the tune ends too soon for us all.

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  1. monstersince

    everyday can be a fight Maria.

  2. Bedros Nersesyan

    Nice. I bet XTC was influenced by these old geezers?

  3. Kharimi Nougat

    Sooooo many great songs. My playlist runneth over.

  4. Sharon Constable

    John Evan!

  5. Rob Heijnen

    Live your dream

  6. maurice boyle

    Aaaaaaaah....those beautiful D. Palmer string arrangements. Almost the perfect song.

  7. M F

    LOVE this song.❤

  8. Dr Amita Amita


  9. Mentalista Bohemio

    This subtle song in particular stands out.

  10. Carlos Franca

    Bela música pessoal

  11. Tulip -

    good music

  12. Maurizio Y

    Questa era la NOSTRA musica,dal 1967 al 1973. Poi tutto è morto,come i vostri cervelli. Peccato per voi,che non avete provato le nostre emozioni di quei tempi LIBERI...oggi siete con il casco in testa,attenti all'autovelox e all'etilometro,poveracci...LIETO di non essere come VOI.

  13. snuffstrings

    22 people think life's a short song...

  14. Richard Welton

    Shame they cannot spell the title

  15. Jim Loter

    One of the best songs ever! '69 to '73 = peak of tull.

  16. Clive Patterson

    One of my all time favourite songs, full of optimism and hope, I can't help having a smile on my face when I listen to this.

  17. Dyerxmaker

    Life is long as a long song, but it does end and it ends too soon.

  18. Rock Steady

    Best song EVER

  19. morticia lechatnoir

    I swear Ian Anderson is a reincarnated medieval bard.

  20. Richard Welton

    "but the tune ends too soon for us all"

  21. wonderfulnmarvelous

    Oh my, this takes me back to 1971 and hearing this on BBC radio...and I was hooked...still at 62!! Just superb!!!

  22. John Lamb

    This track is absolute genius,poetry,and a final reminder,"Life is a long song but the tune ends too soon for us all".

  23. Claude Edgar Ruest

    might want to write the name of this band correctly soon...

  24. Collin Wilhite

    This song is criminally underrated

  25. Gene Gibson

    How can one person be so talented? I don't know how he can be so gloriously creative every time!

  26. Deep Space

    thanks for the good vibes^^

  27. Alistair Mulhearn

    How can 17 people not like this song.

  28. HeartoftheDragonColo

    Too bad about the typo, but Tull is great no matter how you spell it.

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  31. J Galema

    How delightfully quite beautiful !

  32. dôgus utôôpia


  33. Noname noname

    just so nice!!!

  34. François Jean Saud Rodriguez

    Life Is a Long Song

    Jethro Tull

    When you're falling awake
    And you take stock of the new day
    And you hear your voice croak
    As you choke on what you need to say

    Well, don't you fret, don't you fear
    I will give you good cheer

    Life's a long song
    Life's a long song
    Life's a long song
    If you wait then your plate I will fill

    As the verses unfold 
    and your soul suffers the long day
    And the twelve o'clock gloom
    Spins the room, you struggle on your way

    Well, don't you sigh, don't you cry
    Lick the dust from your eye

    Life's a long song
    Life's a long song
    Life's a long song
    We will meet in the sweet light of dawn

    As the Baker Street train spills your pain
    All over your new dress
    And the symphony sounds 
    underground puts you under duress

    Well, don't you squeal as the heel
    Grinds you under the wheels

    Life's a long song
    Life's a long song
    Life's a long song
    But the tune ends too soon for us all

  35. Kain 128

    Life is a long song....

    But not as long as Thick as a Brick

  36. david musgrove

    Jethro, not Jehtro

  37. Andrew Green

    beautiful track classic Tull

  38. Ronnie Jay

    So long since I heard it... yet I love it. Time to reacquaint myself with it!

  39. Gordon free


  40. bogen broom

    I hope 'Truthergirl ' Sonia likes this .......

  41. Arthur Greenwood

    Brilliant song, still got it on vinyl,

  42. jewels4037

    true story!

  43. Ares jones

    I was introduced to this by my dad... First thought: it's like a really shady Led Zeppelin!

  44. the Sententious Vaunter

    Twelve people would prefer a short song.


    Or a short life?

  45. gianca60

    I remember this song being played by a jukebox' bar on the beach ! Those were the days.

  46. Ashra Tempel

    12 thumbs down? AH AH AH AH AH AH How can anyone dislike this? ISIS rascals?

  47. kinkybeatle

    Great song by a great band.

  48. Martin Dytham

    My very favourite Jethro song. So simple but so beautifully controlled. Not sure Ian has received the full credit for his massive contribution to Prog Rock. Genius

    Jere P

    He was nominated Prog God by Prog magazine a few years ago. Rightfully so, because he just is

    Caswallon and Flur

    Just wanted to add this , he didn't do it all by himself , so congrats to the boys in band . Kudos !!

    Chris. Cook

    Nuff said!🎵🎶🎵👍😁🎼🎸🎷🎙

  49. Amybeth Hurst

    The album "Living in the Past" is not from 2002. It's from 1972.


    Yes! That's 2 typos.


    probly a reissue...

    Maurizio Y

    Guarda che Living è stato l'album dopo Thick,che ci ha lasciati un po' spiazzati dopo Acqualung...ovviuo,da Benefit ad Acqualung il passo è breve,ma dopo tre dico tre capolavori ovvio che il MIO MITO Ian Anderson ( assieme a Grace Slick e Carl Palmer) avesse un momento di relax...

  50. Omar Kayham

    Start the day with this

  51. Chris Baddeley

    My Number 1 favourite ever song. Never ever tire of it.

  52. TheEvilDruid1

    Ian is the "J.S. Bach" of our time.

  53. Norman Freeman

    Love it best band

  54. Andrea M

    But the tune ends too soon for us all.

  55. John DeGeronimo

    Jethro Till is one of the most underrated band ever ! Long live medieval Rock !

    Rich Rolwing

    That's Jethro Toe to you...!

    Caswallon and Flur

    Till...Toe..., shmill... shmoe... , it's Great music man . Mideaval or Not ! ☺

    Paul Jackson

    Like the medieval rock bit, but please get the name right!

  56. reaper32FL

    You 8 people who disliked this music get off my planet.

    keymaster 88

    @loge10 our planet?


    @keymaster 88 No, it's my planet and i've just let you all use it--and was THAT ever a mistake!

    Steven Haywood

    reaper32FL , People will always have their own tastes.! Anyway I adore this beautiful song. I first heard in 1972, a year after it first appeared. I saw a picture of Ian and the band and knew that I was going to really like them. Then I heard this song, this lovely song, which confirmed my intuition. I was 11 at the time!


    We've got to get a bigger space ship there are now 23 of them.

    Martin Nolan

    loge10 Too late, sucker ! 😎

  57. Franz Stockmann

    truth and beauty, who could ask for more?

  58. P Watts

    One of the truly great pop songs.


    I'm glad you like this song - but "pop song" isn't what I would use to describe this. I would think very view know and appreciate this song.

  59. Aldo Flora

    La vita è una lunga canzone... o l'esecuzione di una canzone?

  60. happyguyx1

    massive like

  61. durvalhenri

    Really, This Song should never end...

    Dave John

    But the tune ends too soon for us all...

  62. Albert John Paul Schepis

    What the heck is wrong with this? The instruments sound like they're up an octave, and the speed is too fast. Sounds like chipmunk's playing!

    Tim Peacock

    Muso, aren't you?

    John Lamb

    Maybe it's you who is the chipmunk?

  63. munce11

    banging broads in beach haven man i miss those days

  64. Darin Lewandowski

    GREAT song! 📻🎶🙄

  65. Robert Allen

    Better voice than his contemporaries...Plant, Jagger, etc....

    Phil Phucas

    You are so correct!

    Ronald Hirsch

    It was considerably better than what it is now. Sadly, Mr. Anderson has clearly lost his vocal chops.

  66. Jim Higgins

    Great song to bring in the new year. Best wishes to all in 2017.

    C. M

    Jim Higgins Thank you very much indeed! 😀❤

  67. Wojciech Janik

    Piosenka mojej mlodosci i milosci

  68. rodney m

    Ian Anderson's distinctive style of stretching a single word out to almost that of a verse in itself is evident throughout this engaging song, but strikes me every time at approximately 1:20 - 1:25. Brilliant!

    david meadows

    If you think Ian Anderson can stretch his words then have a listen to Radiohead (Thom Yorke)

    Adolf Hitlers Katze

    I never liked his way to stretch and howl the words, but I loved this song from the very first time I heard it in my childhood.

  69. Alpha Go

    But the tune ends to soon for the song


    The tune ends to soon for us all.......

    Omar Brsli

    maybe that's the moral out of it, when you enjoy it life is too short to last

    Alpha Go

    I know my friends

  70. Graham R Dyer

    Great song, Great artist, Thanks for posting it.

  71. Andrew Green

    only 1300 views ?

  72. Shirley Pena

    Gorgeous song that still remains a favourite of mine all these years later! :)


    Couldn't agree more...

  73. karen mccloud

    Love love love love this - and have done for ever!!!!!!

  74. Marvin Lewis

    Best version clarity

  75. El Baúl de Yorch

    Best music band ever! :)

    Gene Gibson

    How can 1 person be so talented and clever

  76. SometimesInnocent

    Jethro, not Jehtro; htank you :-)

    Rick Kernell

    +SometimesInnocent I wish that my mind works this way!

    Caswallon and Flur

    Heheheh 😃


    htat's rihgt

  77. alfio alberelli

    WATTA SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!