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Album cover parody of Aqualung by Jethro Tull
Parody album cover
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Band Name Origins:

  • Ian explains: "I was not the author of the Jethro Tull name. The original Jethro Tull was an 18th century agriculturalist. He was also something of an inventor. He invented the seed drill. He built his first prototype seed drill from the foot pedals of his local church organ. When it was suggested as one of our weekly names for our band in its early days by our agent we said 'ok, we'll be Jethro Tull this week.' The reason for all that was that we were not a terribly good group when we first started, and the only way we could get re-booked into the clubs we played at was to pretend to be somebody different every week... often we didn't know who we were-- the agent forgot to tell us-- so we would arrive at some club, and we'd look down the list of bands playing... whichever one we'd never heard of before, we knew that must be us. The time we got asked back to the Marquee club we had to stick with the name we had that week, which happened to be Jethro Tull. It's not a name I feel particularly wonderful about. I feel faintly embarrassed about it because it's not an original name. It's somebody else's name." Submitted by: Bill Fawcett
  • It's true that they were not well accepted in the early times. In Ian's words, "we were not a particularly good band". It was their booking agent who picked the names which changed frequently. The band members would look down the list of bands playing that night on the way to the venue. Which ever name they didn't recognize was their name for that night. One night it was "Jethro Tull" and it stuck. Submitted by: Mr. Smeebo

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Ian Anderson. Submitted by: austin

Vainity Songs:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"A Song for Jeffrey"Jeffrey being the band's bassist Jeffrey Hammond - Evan

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Ian Anderson""Vendor at a news stand"During his lunch breaks there, he read copies of "Melody Maker" and "New Musical Express", that inspired him to join a band. - Ra'akone

Better Off Solo?:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Mick Abrahams""This guy broke from the herd after the first album, and went on to form Blodwyn Pig. Although not very Tull-like, the first several releases by Mick's band are solid efforts worth seeking out if you like your blues up-tempo and "dirty" at the same time." - princejellyfish

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Barren Beth, Wild Desert John""Barren Beth" is used once, "Wild Desert John" is never used in the song - Doug N.
"Sad City Sisters"The word "sister" is used once in the song, the title never appears. - Doug N.
"Pibroch"Pibroch is a type of bagpipe music, in this song, the guitar plays a droning note similar to the drone on a bagpipe. The word "Pibroch" is never used. - Doug N.
"Cheap Day Return"Only 1:20 long the song features one verse, that does not contain "Cheap Day Return" or any of the individual words in the title. "Cheap day return" refers to a type of train ticket in England and the song was written after Ian Anderson took a train to visit his father in the hospital, and wonders whether the nurses are giving him the care he needs. - Doug N.
"Hymn 43"Not really a hymn, but it was quite controversial in its time; not for the morally questionable lyrics, but for the graphic (and quite accurate) account of the white man's distortion of history concerning their relationship with Native Americans in the Old West, both in books and Hollywood movies. The song claims rightfully that the white man used religion as an excuse to murder defenseless tribes - Rocky

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Bunga In The Jungle""Bungle In The Jungle"Yeah
"Screecher""Teacher"Nicole Velocin
"Fast Lane Through The Cornfield""Freeway On The Farm"Nicole Velocin
"Flatteries Not Included""Batteries Not Included"Nicole Velocin
"Preacher""Teacher"Paul Warren

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Farm On The Freeway,"A freeway is no place for a farmIsac
"Skating Away (on the Thin Ice of a New Day),"Days are not made of iceEvan
"Steel Monkey,"Monkeys aren't made of steel.Yvette Bristle
"Ears Of Tin,"Body parts aren't made of tin.Yvette Bristle
"Living In The Past,"Not until someone events a time machine.Peter

There are additional literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Stupid Girl," Garbage"Thick As A Brick," Jethro Tull
"Time Machine," The Click Five"Living In The Past," Jethro Tull
"Tarzan And Jane," Aqua"Bungle In The Jungle," Jethro Tull
"At The Zoo," Simon And Garfunkel"Look At The Animals," Jethro Tull
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Far On The Freeway" originally "Farm On The Freeway"
As in driving a long distance on the freeway?
"Arm On The Freeway" originally "Farm On The Freeway"
"Minstrel In The Galley" originally "Minstrel In The Gallery"
Candy Welty
"The Whistle" originally "The Whistler"
Candy Welty
"Heavy Hoses" originally "Heavy Horses"
Tiffany Carriker

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Heavy Horsens" originally "Heavy Horses"
Horsens is a city in Denmark.
Monica Harpootlian
"North Sea Toil" originally "North Sea Oil"
Amber D'Allesio
"Songs From The Woody" originally "Songs From The Wood"
They're probably about surfing.
Arlene Titshaw
"The Story Of The Harem Who Lost His Spectacles" originally "The Story Of The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles"
Marcia Todd
"Living In The Pasty" originally "Living In The Past"
Takes the cannibalism in whole different direction

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Farm On Thy Freeway" originally "Farm On The Freeway"
"Farm Of The Freeway" originally "Farm On The Freeway"
"Farm In The Freeway" originally "Farm On The Freeway"
Literally impossible, like the orig. title
"Farm Or The Freeway" originally "Farm On The Freeway"
I'd take the farm over the freeway
"Firm On The Freeway" originally "Farm On The Freeway"
No comment here.

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Locomotive Breath""Loconotion Dress"CML
"Locomotive Breath""Joe-Commotive Step"CML
"Locomotive Breath""Covid Breath"Van S A'Parody
"Locomotive Breath""Covid Breath"Grandpa
"Locomotive Breath""Covid Breath"Rik Goldsmith
"Living In The Past""Living With An Ass"Paul Robinson
"Aqualung""Allison"Hu’s On First
"Aqualung""Judge Roy Moore"giblet o'sarcasm
"Aqualung""Popsicle"Hu's On First
"Locomotive Breath""Locomotive Breath"Hu's On First

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
ApogeeRatchet & Clank Future: Tools of DestructionJeReMy
Locomotive BreathAltoidsJosh
Thick As A BrickGuinness Extra StoutJosh
Bungle In The JungleI'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here!pickle*

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Too Old To Rock and Roll, Too Young To DieKeith Richard's HouseMark
Locomotive BreathAmtrakBilly Florio

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
The Loco-Motion
   Little Eva
Locomotive Breath
   Jethro Tull
The Loco-Motion Breath
Britney Spears into pruning hooks
Old MacDonald Had A Farm
Farm On The Freeway
   Jethro Tull
Old MacDonald Had A Farm On The Freeway
And She Was
   Talking Heads
Said She Was A Dancer
   Jethro Tull
And She Said She Was A Dancer
Welcome To The Jungle
   Guns N' Roses
Bungle In The Jungle
   Jethro Tull
Welcome To The Bungle In The Jungle
Rocky Rhodes
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Homer and Jethro Tull
Homer & Jethro combined with Jethro Tull
How come I didn't see this one yet?? An old country duo mashes up with a classic rock band!
Submitted By: Calop
Jethro Tullycraft
Jethro Tull combined with Tullycraft
Tullycraft was an indie pop band formed in Seattle; they helped define the subgenre "twee pop" in the U.S.
Submitted By: K.N. Pepper
Jethro Tunstall
Jethro Tull combined with KT Tunstall
Black horse and the cherry tree are living in the past.
Submitted By: Martha Hankins
Jethro Tool
Jethro Tull combined with Tool
As Ian Anderson once said - a flute IS a heavy metal instrument.
Submitted By: neptunevsmars

There are additional Jethro Tull Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Cheap Day Return"
Misheard Lyrics:
Brush away the secret ash
That's falling down your pants
Original Lyrics:
Brush away the cigarette ash
That's falling down your pants
"Cross-Eyed Mary"
Misheard Lyrics:
She dines in Hampstead Village
An expense account accrual.
Original Lyrics:
She dines in Hampstead Village
On expense-account gruel.
"Cheap Day Return"
Misheard Lyrics:
Brush away the secret ash
That's falling down your pants
Original Lyrics:
Brush away the cigarette ash
That's falling down your pants.
Misheard Lyrics:
Eyeing little girls with fat intent.
Original Lyrics:
Eyeing little girls with bad intent.
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

Misheard Lyrics:
Eyeing little girls with fat intent.
Original Lyrics:
Eyeing little girls with bad intent.

Story about this misheard lyric by: Annabelle

Not mine, but my American mom's. I remember when she had this album on tape, when she'd listen to the title tune, she would sing this line. She believed it was correct, until one day in the car, I told her what the original line is. She got confused, especially when I told her, "Fat intent wouldn't make any sense!".

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

Better Lyrics:
Muskellunge, my friend,

Don't just swim away half freezing.

You poor old cod, you see it's only me.
Original Lyrics:
Aqualung, my friend,

Don't you start away uneasy.

You poor old sod, you see, it's only me.
Submitted by: Parody Keet

Funniest Song Lyrics:

The Funny Lyrics:
"Snot is running down his nose
Why They're Funny:
What songs include the word snot in them
Submitted by: Eric

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"Bungle in the Jungle"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Down by the waterhole, drunk every Friday
Eating their nuts, saving their raisins for Sunday.
Lions and tigers who wait in the shadows
They're fast but they're lazy, and sleep in green meadows.
Why They're Misrhymed:
This song is full of sloppy rhyming. They tried, I'm sure, but c'mon... 'Friday' with 'Sunday'?
Submitted by: Princess Ana

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"Heavy Horses"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
...'bring me a philly for your proud stallion seed'
Why They're Inappropriate:
'The mere thought of Ian Anderson pimping for his pony is akin to a sandpaper ear-swab.
Submitted by: princejellyfish

Song Lyrics That Mention Brand Name Products:

"Crazed Institution"
The Lyrics:
You can wear a gold Piaget on your semaphore wrist
Product Brand Name:
Piaget watches
Submitted by: Reid McTaggart
"Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die"
The Lyrics:
He once owned a Harley Davidson and a Triumph Bonneville
Product Brand Name:
2 motorcycle companies: Harley Davidson (make) and Triumph (make) Bonneville (model)
Submitted by: Andy Primus

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

Opening Lines:
Have you seen Jack-In-The-Green? With his long tail hanging down
Submitted by: Doug N.
"Songs From The Wood"
Opening Lines:
Let me bring you songs from the wood: / To make you feel much better than you could know
Submitted by: Doug N.
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Thick As Ab, Rick" originally "Thick As A Brick"
Submitted by: Jessica Childress
"No Thing is Easy" originally "Nothing is Easy"
Submitted by: Sutch

Band Name Anagrams:

Jolt Luther Submitted by: nonfatman
Jello Truth Submitted by: Stan Doff

Song Title Anagrams:

"Cheater" originally "Teacher"
Submitted by: Joe
"A Silo Hornet" originally "North Sea Oil"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Rate His Loon" originally "North Sea Oil"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Their Saloon" originally "North Sea Oil"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Loot A Shrine" originally "North Sea Oil"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Songs That Are Banned:

"Locomotive Breath"
In 1971, Chrysalis Records changes the lyrics of this Jethro Tull rock song without the band's knowledge or consent. Label executives fear radio stations will not play the original, which contains the lyric, "got him by the balls."
Submitted by: Peter

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Aqualung" Length: 6:34
Submitted by: Evan
"A Passion Play" Length: 48.13, minus song "in the middle"
Like "Thick as a Brick", it's an album length song, pretty much...except that it's interrupted for "The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles." Like Thick as a Brick, their's a significantly shorter "Radio Edit" out there
Submitted by: Ra'akone
"The Story of the Hare who Lost his Spectacles" Length: 23:30
Submitted by: Colin Slater
"Thick as a Brick" Length: 22:37
This was one of two albums that Jethro Tull released that it was only one song. There is an edited version of this as well.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Grace" Length: 0:37
Submitted by: Joe Pearson

Lighter Side of Serious Bands:

"The Hare Who Lost His Spectacles"
"With so many out-takes worthy of inclusion, this unbeliveable piece of crap was deemed a cut above the rest!"
Submitted by: princejellyfish

Missing Parts:

"Hymn 43"
No Hymns 1-42
Submitted by: Rocky

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