Jethro Tull - Lick Your Fingers Clean / Wond'ring Again Fake 7" (1971)

This is the perfect example of what I meant by forgotten songs. I mean songs that are confined in compilations or bonus tracks although they are of great value (or simply interesting to remember). Initially, the destiny of these ones should have been more glorious. Listen to (actually read) that. "Lick Your Fingers" clean was intended to be the A-side of the single that should have accompanied Aqualung in March 1971. But finally it was withdrawn, due (according to various sources) to the fact that it would have lead to confusion with the LP (?). The fact is it will only be reworked in another version under the title "Two Fingers" 3 years later on the War Child LP but I think this first version is better (but it's the Tull's formation I like the most, it's maybe the reason). This song is maybe not one of the band's best but the text is one of Ian Anderson's most political and would have been an interesting single A-side. More sad is the destiny of the B-side since "Wond'ring Again" was (and still remains) a great song. It should have been one of the songs in the Aqualung's playlist (both were recorded during the sessions for this LP) but was truncated and only the last part was included under the name of "Wond'ring Aloud". Strange decision. Once again this song's lyrics are very political, and on the B-side of "Lick Your Fingers Clean" it would have been a hell of political single. Sad it wasn't. The single story of Aqualung will be much more complicated. Stay online. Meanwhile enjoy this couple of songs here for a once united on a single, cos' they are spread on various compilations.

I'll see you at the weighing in when your life's sum-total's made. And you set your wealth in godly deeds against the sins you've laid. So place your final burden on your hard-pressed next of kin: Send the chamber pot back down the line to be filled up again. Take your mind off your election and try to get it straight. And don't pretend perfection: you'll be crucified too late. And he'll say you really should make the deal as he offers round the hat. Well, you'd better lick your fingers clean, I thank you all for that. And as you join the good ship earth and you mingle with the dust be sure to leave your underpants with someone you can trust. And the hard-headed social worker who bathes his hands in blood will welcome you with arms held high and cover you with mud. And he'll say you really should make the deal as he offers round the hat. Well, you'd better lick your fingers clean, well. I'll thank you all for that.

There's the stillness of death on a deathly unliving sea, and the motor car magical world long since ceased to be, when the Eve-bitten apple returned to destroy the tree. Incestuous ancestry's charabanc ride, spawning new millions throws the world on its side. Supporting their far-flung illusion, the national curse, and those with no sandwiches please get off the bus. The excrement bubbles, the century's slime decays and the brainwashing government lackeys
would have us say it's under control and we'll soon be on our way to a grand year for babies and quiz panel games of the hot hungry millions you'll be sure to remain. The natural resources are dwindling and no one grows old, and those with no homes to go to, please dig yourself holes. We wandered through quiet lands, felt the first breath of snow. Searched for the last pigeon, slate grey I've been told. Stumbled on a daffodil which she crushed in the rush, heard it sigh, and left it to die. At once felt remorse and were touched by the loss of our own, held its poor broken head in her hands, dropped soft tears in the snow, and it's only the taking that makes you what you are. Wond'ring aloud will a son one day be born to share in our infancy in the child's path we've worn. In the aging seclusion of this earth that our birth did surprise we'll open his eyes.


Anonymous said...

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Joseph Broll said...

The link is dead could you please reupload it?

Shawn McKelvey said...

What do you mean this not one of Tull's best?!?! Lick Your Fingers is near perfection. Blazing,crunching guitar, fantastic melody, beautifully articulated vocals; I don't get how this isn't a monster tune for Tull fans.F'n love it.