Jethro Tull — We Used To Know
Album: Stand Up
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Released: 1969
Length: 3:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 and the race was won
By running slowly.

Could be soon we'll cease to sound,
Slowly upstairs, faster down.
Then to revisit stony grounds,
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.
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OMG I love this song!
This has become one of my favorite Jethro Tull songs. Maybe because it hasn't been as overplayed as many of their songs are. But it also is just a good song.
Increasing from 7 to 8 - Most Excellent

                                                MARTIN BARRE on GUITAR 
                                  Replaced Tony Iommi, of future Black Sabbath fame, in
                         1968 after Tull performed in The Rolling Stones rock and Roll Circus.

 jagdriver wrote:
Indeed it was a wonderful album, Bill, as was This Was and Benefit. JT pretty much lost me after that. The songs on Aqualung were no longer pretty like this track; Thick As a Brick and later efforts were something else again.

BTW, Ian Anderson now owns and operates a very successful salmon farming operation. If you're anywhere in the UK or the Continent eating smoked salmon, it very well may have come from his company. 

 
Off topic, but I just looked at your RP profile &
had to make the following punny comment :
Amazon-dot-com is tunage fetch.


 scibility534 wrote:

Same thoughts here to. This came way before. Jethro Tull 1969, Eagles 1976

 
Ian Anderson in an interview declared that the Eagles toured with Jethro Tull when they were playing this song, and he imagines that it has been an inspiration for Hotel California, either subconsciously or not. He also added that the Eagles made a much better song (I disagree with him on this point)!
 Maver1nk wrote:
Is it just me or is the bass line almost exactly the same as Hotel California? If so, which came first? (Jethro Tull - We used to know)

 
Same thoughts here to. This came way before. Jethro Tull 1969, Eagles 1976
Really does hold up after all these years.
It really is an inspirational song. All about remembering where you came from and being happy with the way things are going. I love it.

Just read the comments below! 

 

Maver1nk wrote:

Is it just me or is the bass line almost exactly the same as Hotel California? If so, which came first? (Jethro Tull - We used to know)

 


An unexpected kiss. A break of sun on a cloudy day. A $20 dollar bill sitting alone on the street in front of you. A letter from a long lost friend. 

This nugget from JT.

All brilliant gifts that force a smile. Thanks, Bill! 
Is it just me or is the bass line almost exactly the same as Hotel California? If so, which came first? (Jethro Tull - We used to know)
Came to this brilliant album later in life. One of my favourite tunes to strum on a winters eve. Maybe Bill will slip 'Look Into The Sun' into the playlist if we're lucky.
 
Just another truly brilliant tune from one of my all time fav bands back in the day ..... Thanks, i really needed that!
The HBO show Vinyl has not been kind to Tull.

Wonder if Mick Jagger has a bone to pick with Ian.... 
We used to know...good music like this.
 PalmerDA wrote:
My favorite JT song from my favorite JT album.

 
no doubt, both are on top
LOVE the bass on this tune!{#Dancingbanana}
Indeed it was a wonderful album, Bill, as was This Was and Benefit. JT pretty much lost me after that. The songs on Aqualung were no longer pretty like this track; Thick As a Brick and later efforts were something else again.

BTW, Ian Anderson now owns and operates a very successful salmon farming operation. If you're anywhere in the UK or the Continent eating smoked salmon, it very well may have come from his company. 
The guitar really gets me on this one!