Locomotive Breath Lyrics

Jethro Tull


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Ian Anderson
album: Track 8 in album Aqualung
release date: 1971-3-19
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length: 4:26
conductor: Dee Palmer
engineer: John Burns
treble recorder / alto recorder: Jeffrey Hammond Hammond
Mellotron: John Evan
organ: John Evan
piano: John Evan
bass guitar: Jeffrey Hammond Hammond
flute: Ian Anderson
acoustic guitar: Ian Anderson
percussion: Clive Bunker
drums: Clive Bunker
electric guitar: Martin Barre
descant recorder / soprano recorder: Martin Barre
orchestrator: Dee Palmer
producer: Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis
vocal: Ian Anderson

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In the shuffling madness
Of the locomotive breath,
Runs the all, time loser,
Headlong to his death.

He feels the piston scraping
Steam breaking on his brow
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train it won't stop going

No way to slow down.
He sees his children jumping off
At the stations - one by one.
His woman and his best friend

In bed and having fun.
He's crawling down the corridor
On his hands and knees
Old Charlie stole the handle and

The train it won't stop going
No way to slow down.
He hears the silence howling
Catches angels as they fall.

And the all-time winner
Has got him by the balls.
He picks up Gideons Bible
Open at page one

God He stole the handle and
The train won't stop going
No way to slow down.

Track Listing

  • 1 Aqualung
  • 2 Cross-Eyed Mary
  • 3 Cheap Day Return
  • 4 Mother Goose
  • 5 Wond’ring Aloud
  • 6 Up to Me
  • 7 My God
  • 8 Hymn 43
  • 9 Slipstream
  • 10 Locomotive Breath
  • 11 Wind-Up