The Whaler's Dues

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Jethro Tull are a British progressive rock group formed in Luton, Bedfordshire, in December 1967. Their music is characterised by the vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute playing of Ian Anderson, who has led the band since its founding, and the guitar work of Martin Barre, who has been with the band since 1969, after he replaced original guitarist Mick Abrahams. more »


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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?

Money speaks, soft hearts lose.
The truth only whispers. 
Now pay the whaler's dues.
Can you forgive me?

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?

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Written by: IAN ANDERSON

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