Jethro Tull: Aqualung Meaning
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reason to live except a dog-end
hears the faint sound of something from a distant world
entirely different than the one he's...
anonymous Jul 3rd, 7:43pm report
The song is really within a British tradition of meditating on a derelict old man. Wordworth's "The Eel Catcher" is of the same ilk, as is a poem of Ted Hughes about a tramp: "I thought about what strong trust must be in him" the narrator says coming upon the old man sleeping in a wooded area after a downpour. Cf. Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
Of course, the right-thinking way to view a shabby old person eyeing "frilly panties" and evincing a "bad intent" toward "little girls" is to be shocked and repulsed. But "Aqualung" begs our sympathy and pity for this pathetic personage, this old one "crying in the wilderness"--if not for salvation or for the spirit, than at least for life, more life, in the form of concupiscence. Age and youth, health and disease, winter and spring: these are some of the polarizing opposites that structure the poem and make the otherness of the outcast an epiphany of identification: "Aqualung, my friend, don't you start away uneasy. You poor old sod, you see, it's only me." We have met the dirt old lustful mortal living on the edge, and he is us.
anonymous Nov 13th, 2012 11:29pm report
A torn apart man having nothing to show for of his life looks back at his past and walks to a new life.
anonymous Mar 5th, 2012 3:59am report
This song is about a hobo
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