Mother Goose Lyrics

Jethro Tull


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Ian Anderson
album: Track 4 in album Aqualung
release date: 1971-3-19
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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

Cover Art

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