A Half Century Later

My blogging buddy Steve Layman offers a regular feature that he calls Fifty Years Ago.  When I first started following Anderson Layman’s Blog, those Fifty Years Ago posts didn’t mean that much to me, but these days, I recognize more of the subjects than not.



Ian Anderson, not Steve of Anderson Layman

Steve is also a member of two, prestigious blogging organizations; First and foremost is that he is a charter member of the Twenty Five Blogs Guaranteed To Make You Smarter. Additionally, he was an early member of the MABBA, as described here.


All that introduction to introduce my own, Fifty Years Ago column.

It was fifty years ago that the band, Jethro Tull released their first Album, “This Was”.

My appreciation of their music began when I first heard this song.  21 studio albums, 10 live albums, and 15 compilation albums later, Ian’s voice is winding down, but for a guy who is 70 years old, he still rocks his flute.

Cheers to Ian Anderson, Martin Lancelot Barre and the rest of the lads for decades of great music that most people never heard of.. . but I have.

Recorded in Istanbul, Turkey in July of 1991,  Jack-A-Lynn


Cold aeroplanes, slow boats, warm trains
remind me of Jack-A-Lynn.
Lush hotels and pretty girls
won’t cheer the misty mood I’m in.
Silly, sad, I’ve never had to write this before,
oh, Jack-A-Lynn.

Funny how long nights allow
thoughts of Jack-A-Lynn.
When phantoms tread around my bed
to offer restless dreams they bring.
And it’s just the time and place to find
a sad song to play for Jack-A-Lynn.

Magpies that shriek, old boots that leak
call me to Jack-A-Lynn.
Coal-black cats in policeman’s hats
nosing where the mice have been.
And the long miaow’s beginning now
and I’m far, far from home and Jack-A-Lynn.
Jack, Jack-A-Lynn


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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1 Response to A Half Century Later

  1. Stephen Layman says:

    Thank you my friend. Hope all is well! S

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