Jethro Tull - The Whaler's Dues Lyrics

Jethro Tull Rock Island cover art
Credits
publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Ian Anderson
release date: 1989-8-21
popularity : 70 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Classic Rock/Blues Rock
length: 7:53
Lyrics
Money speaks. Soft hearts lose.
The truth only whispers.
It's the whaler's dues.
I've been running on diesel.
Been running on coal.
Running on borrowed time,
If truth's to be told.
Two whales in the ocean,
Cruising the night
Search for each other
Before we turn out their light.

Been accused of deep murder
On the North Atlantic swell,
But I have three hungry children
And a young wife as well.
And behind stand generations
Of hard hunting men,
Who raised a glass to the living,
And went killing again.
Are you with me?
(No!)

Money speaks, soft hearts lose.
The truth only whispers.
Now pay the whaler's dues.
Can you forgive me?
(No!)

Now I'm old and I sit land-locked
In a back-country jail
To reflect on all of my sins
And the death of the whale.
Send me back down the ages.
Put me to sea once again,
When the oceans were full, yes,
And men would be men.
Can you forgive me?
(No!)



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

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