Jethro Tull - Man Of Principle Lyrics

One day he'll walk from out of this place.
You'll see a quiet determination on his face.
He'll toe no lines. Suffer no fools.
But he'll raise three cheers to the losing team
from the other school.
A little dedication. A little pair of daddy's shoes to fill.
Compleat education. One day he'll be a man of principle.

And the battle's on. And he'll play to win.
Feel the blue blood rushing quick beneath his skin.
And grim they stand. And hard they fall.
Harder still, when their backs are up against the wall.
Gonna get your attention. But he's carrying his cross
to the other hill.
With divine intervention, he can be a man of principle.

In the evening light, with a fair-ground girl--
he stops himself as his head begins to whirl.
And he walks her home. And there's a kiss goodbye.
She feels a chill as she looks him in the eye.
Well, there's a time and a place now
and it's not tonight she'll bend his will.
Slow realization--she's looking at a man of principle.
Hung from the highest station by his old school tie--
undressed to kill
He could be a real sensation. But he's a man of principle.

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Jethro Tull Man Of Principle Comments
  1. Robert Salmon

    how did this song NOT make a regular album release?

    Tim Jackson

    Bob Salmon , I agree, this is a great track. It was recorded in 1988 along with "Part of the machine" which was included on the 20 years of Jethro Tull boxed set, but for some reason I an didn't include this song. Ian always was his own worst critic. By the 1990's however, he started releasing almost every rejected song he ever recorded, which continues to this day.


    Yeah, that applies to a lot of the stuff on Nightcap really. Silver River Turning, Piece of Cake, I Don't Wanna Be Me...

  2. Ed Lucas

    London Marathon 2017 sent me here.

  3. Karen Logan

    Best Tull song, ever.

    Jon Muse

    Have to agree wholeheartedly


    I'm beginning to think so.