Big Riff and Mando Lyrics

Jethro Tull


writers: Ian Anderson
album: Track 9 in album Rock Island
release date: 1989-8-21
popularity : 31 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Classic Rock/Blues Rock
length: 5:59

Album Information

label: Chrysalis
country(area): United Kingdom
format: CD
script: Latin

Cover Art

Jethro Tull Rock Island cover art


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Marty loved the sound of the stolen mandolin.
Somebody took it on a dare in the night-time.
Run up to the radio, calling out to the wind.
Now, bring it, bring it back at least an hour before flight time.
It was a souvenir, but it was a right arm missing.
Swap a woodwork rhythm for a humbucking top line.

Big Riff, rough boy, wants to be a singer in a band.
A little slow in the brain box, but he had a quick right hand.
Run left, run right everywhere he look
Nobody watching, no, but that was all he took last night.
Running on the power of a stolen mandolin.
Steal a little inspiration.
Steal a little muscle.
Will he wake in the morning, wondering was it really worth it?


Track Listing

CD 1
  • 1 Kissing Willie
  • 2 The Rattlesnake Trail
  • 3 Ears of Tin
  • 4 Undressed to Kill
  • 5 Rock Island
  • 6 Heavy Water
  • 7 Another Christmas Song
  • 8 The Whaler's Dues
  • 9 Big Riff and Mando
  • 10 Strange Avenues