Jethro Tull - Mother Goose Lyrics

Jethro Tull Aqualung cover art
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As I did walk by Hampstead Fair
I came upon Mother Goose
So I turned her loose
She was screaming.
And a foreign student said to me
Was it really true there elephants and lions too in Picadilly Circus?

Walked down by the bathing pond to try and catch some sun.
Saw at least a hundred schoolgirls sobbing into handkerchiefs as one.
I don't believe they knew I was a schoolboy.

And a bearded lady said to me
If you start your raving, and your misbehaving
You'll be sorry.
Then the chicken-fancier came to play
With his long red beard (and his sister's weird:
She drivs a lorry).

Laughed down by the putting green
I popped 'em in their holes.
Four and twenty labourers were labouring
Digging up their gold.
I don't believe they knew that I was Long John Silver.

Saw Johnny Scarecrow make his rounds in his jet-black 'mac
(Which he won't give back)
Stole it from a snowman.
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 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


  • Credits
    publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    writers: Ian Anderson
    album: Track 4 in album Aqualung
    release date: 1971-3-19
    popularity : 70 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Non-Music Pop
    styles: Classic Rock/Prog Rock/Acoustic/Folk
    length: 3:54
    producer: Terry Ellis and Ian Anderson
    conductor: Dee Palmer
    vocal: Ian Anderson
    engineer: John Burns
    percussion & drums: Clive Bunker
    organ & mellotron & piano: John Evan
    acoustic guitar & flute: Ian Anderson
    orchestrator: Dee Palmer
    descant recorder / soprano recorder & electric guitar: Martin Barre
    bass guitar & treble recorder / alto recorder: Jeffrey Hammond Hammond
    composer: Ian Anderson
    lyricist: Ian Anderson
    Album Information
    label: Chrysalis
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin