Minstrel in the Gallery Lyrics

Jethro Tull


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Ian Anderson, Martin Barre
album: Track 1 in album Minstrel in the Gallery
release date: 1975-9-5
popularity : 9 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Psychedelic Rock/Prog Rock/Folk Rock
length: 8:14

Cover Art

Jethro Tull Minstrel in the Gallery cover art
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The minstrel in the gallery
Looked down upon the smiling faces.
He met the gazes observed the spaces
Between the old men's cackle.

He brewed a song of love and hatred,
Oblique suggestions and he waited.
He polarized the pumpkin-eaters,
Static-humming panel-beaters,

Freshly day-glow'd factory cheaters
(salaried and collar-scrubbing).
He titillated men-of-action
Belly warming, hands still rubbing

On the parts they never mention.
He pacified the nappy-suffering, infant-bleating,
One-line jokers, T.V. documentary makers
(overfed and undertakers).

Sunday paper backgammon players
Family-scarred and women-haters.
Then he called the band down to the stage
And he looked at all the friends he'd made.

The minstrel in the gallery
Looked down on the rabbit-run.
And threw away his looking-glass
Saw his face in everyone.


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Minstrel in the Gallery
  • 2 Cold Wind to Valhalla
  • 3 Black Satin Dancer
  • 4 Requiem
  • 5 One White Duck / 0¹⁰ = Nothing at All
  • 6 Baker St. Muse
  • 7 Grace