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© Ian Anderson 1969


A New Day Yesterday

My first and last time with you
And we had some fun.
Went walking through the trees, yes,
And I kissed you once.
Oh, I want to see you soon,
But I wonder how.
It was a new day yesterday,
But it's an old day now.

Spent a long time looking
For a game to play.
My luck should be so bad now
To turn out this way.
Oh, I had to leave today
Just when I thought I'd found you.
It was a new day yesterday
But it's an old day now.

Spent a long time looking
For a game to play.
My luck should be so bad now
To turn out this way.
Oh, I had to leave today
Just when I thought I'd found you.
It was a new day yesterday
It was a new day yesterday
It was a new day yesterday
But it's an old day now.


Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square

Bright city woman
Walking down Leicester Square every day.
Gonna get a piece of my mind.
You think you're not a piece of my kind.
Everywhere the people looking.
Why don't you get up and sing?

Bright city woman
Where did you learn all the things you say?
You listen to the newsmen on T.V.?
You may fool yourself but you don't fool me.
I'll see you in another place, another time.
You may be someone's, but you won't be mine.


Bouree

[Instrumental]


Back To The Family

My telephone wakes me in the morning.
Have to get up to answer the call,
So I think I'll go back to the family
Where no one can ring me at all.

Living this life has its problems,
So I think that I'll give it a break.
Oh, I'm going back to the family
'Cause I've had about all I can take.

Master's in the counting house
Counting all his money.
Sister's sitting by the mirror
She thinks her hair looks funny.
And here am I thinking to myself,
Just a-wondering what are things to do.

I think I enjoyed all my problems
Where I did not get nothing for free.
Oh, I'm going back to the family.
Doing nothing is bothering me.

I'll get a train back to the city.
That soft life is getting me down.
There's more fun away from the family.
Get some action when I pull into the town.

Everything I do is wrong.
What the hell was I thinking?
Phone keeps ringing all day long.
I got no time for thinking.
And every day there's the same old way.
They're giving me too much to do.


Look Into The Sun

Took a sad song of one sweet evening.
I smiled and quickly turned away.
It's not easy singing sad songs,
But still the easiest way I have to say.

So when you look into the sun,
And see the things we haven't done.
Or was it better then to run
Than to spend the summer crying?
Now summer can not come anyway.

I had waited for time to change her.
The only change that came was over me.
She pretended not to want love.
I hope she was only fooling me.

So when you look into the sun,
Look for the pleasures nearly won.
Or was it better than to run
Than to spend the summer singing?
And summer could have come in a day.

So if you hear my sad song singing,
Remember who and what you nearly had.
It's not easy singing sad songs
When you can sing the song to make me glad.

So when you look into the sun
And see the words you could have sung,
It's not too late, only begun.
We can still make summer,
And summer always comes anyway.

So when you look into the sun
And see the words you could have sung,
It's not too late, only begun.
Look into the sun.


Nothing Is Easy

Nothing is easy. Though time gets you worrying my friend it's okay.
Just take your life easy and stop all that hurrying; be happy my way.
When tension starts mounting and you've lost count of the pennies you've missed,
Just try hard and see why they're not worrying me; they're last on my list.
Nothing's easy.

Nothing is easy. You'll find that the squeeze won't turn out so bad.
Your fingers may freeze. Worse things happen at sea.
There's good times to be had.
So if you're alone and you're down to the bone, just give us a play.
You'll smile in a while and discover that I'll get you happy my way
Nothing's easy.


Fat Man

Don't want to be a fat man;
People would think that I was just good fun.
Would rather be a thin man;
I am so glad to go on being one.
Too much to carry around with you.
No chance of finding a woman who
Will love you in the morning and all the night time too.

Don't want to be a fat man;
Have not the patience to ignore all that.
Hate to admit to myself
Half of my problems came from being fat.
Won't waste my time feeling sorry for him;
I've seen the other side to being thin.
Roll us both down a mountain and I'm sure the fat man would win.


We Used To Know

Whenever I get to feel this way,
Try to find new words to say,
I think about the bad old days.
We used to know.

Nights of winter turn me cold;
Fears of dying, getting old.
We ran the race, the race was won
By running slowly.

Could be soon we'll cease to sound
Slowly upstairs, faster down,
Then to revisit stony ground.
We used to know.

Remembering mornings, shillings spent.
Made no sense to leave the bed.
The bad old days, they came and went,
Giving way to fruitful years.

Saving up the birds in hand.
While in the bush the others land.
Take what we can before the man
Says it's time to go.

Each to his own way; I'll go mine.
Best of luck in what you find.
But for your own sake remember times
We used to know.


Reasons For Waiting

What a sight for my eyes to see you in sleep.
Could it stop the sunrise, hearing you weep?
You're not seen, you're not heard,
But I stand by my word.
Came a thousand miles just to catch you while you're smiling.

What a day for laughter and walking at night.
Me following after, your hand holding tight.
And the memory stays clear
With the song that you hear.
If I can but make the words, awake the feeling.

What a reason for waiting and dreaming of dreams.
So here's hoping you've faith in impossible schemes
That are born in the sigh
Of the wind flowing by
While the dimming light brings the end to a night of loving.


For A Thousand Mothers

Did you hear Mother
Saying I'm wrong, but I know I'm right?
Did you hear Father
Calling my name into the night,
Saying I'll never be what I am now,
Telling me I'll never find what I've already found?
It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.

Did you see Baby
Come back and tell you the things he's seen?
Did it surprise you
Being picked up at eight in a limousine,
Doing the things he's accustomed to do?
For a long time it seemed like a dream, but it's true.
But unknowing you made it all happen this way.

Did you hear Mother
Saying I'm wrong, but I know I'm right?
Did you hear Father
Calling my name into the night,
Saying I'll never be what I am now,
Telling me I'll never find what I've already found?



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