Big Dipper

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Big Dipper is a wooden out and back roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, England. The ride was first built in 1923 by John Miller but was extended in 1936 by Charlie Paige and Joe Emberton; adding arches over the south entrance of the park and additional drops. The ride operates with two trains, each containing three four-bench cars, seating two people per bench. The roller coaster is also referenced in the Jethro Tull song Big Dipper, from their 1976 album Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! The ride was designated as a Grade II listed building on 19 April 2017.  


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1976
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The mist rolls off the beaches:
The train rolls into the station.
Weekend happiness seekers pent-up saturation.
Well, we don't mean anyone any harm,
We weren't on the Glasgow train.
See you at the Pleasure Beach:
Roller-coasting heroes.
Big Dipper riding 
We'll give the local lads a hiding
If they keep us from the ladies
Hanging out in the penny arcades.
Shaking up the Tower Ballroom
Throwing up in the bathroom.
Landlady's in the backroom 
I'm the Big Dipper 
It's the weekend rage.

Rich widowed landlady give me 
Your spare front door key.
If you're thirty nine or over, 
I'll make love to you next Thursday 
I may stay over for a week or two
Drop a postcard to my mum.
I'll see you at the waltzer 
We'll go big-dipping daily.

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Jethro Tull

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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