The Aqualung Album launches a scathing attack on Christianity, and gets away with it.
No protests. No scandals. Just great reviews. Their finest album
Prostitution and peadophilia :
“Sitting on a park bench
eyeing little girls with bad intent.”
It discusses man forcing god to become the god of the people that he is today. Making god believe in OUR religion.
As well as other interesting things :
“If Jesus saves - well, He'd better save Himself
from the gory glory seekers who use His name in death.”
As one of the most original and inventive bands in the history of rock and roll, Jethro Tull have sustained a career based on clever time signatures, atypical lyrics and blustering showmanship courtesy of the band's visionary and leader, Ian Anderson. Aqualung, Tull's fourth release from 1971, was an intrepid statement about God and religion. Loaded and lifted by the articulate guitar work from Tull's other resident member - Martin Barre - Aqualung has, through a series of twists and turns, ingrained itself into the rock stratum forever.
The album's title song is one of the most recognizable hooks of the last 30 years. Despite the politically incorrectness of the lyrics. When you throw in other hot commodities like "Cross-Eyed Mary," "Hymn 43" (which is anything but a hymn) and "Locomotive Breath," it's easy to understand how the album became a top ten hit and turned Tull into a bona fide arena monster of the 70s.
Yes, the album attacks christianity/god/religion intelligently, without an overly aggressive sound, although it is quite aggressive at times for the time.
“Laughing in the playground - gets no kicks from little boys:
would rather make it with a letching grey.
Or maybe her attention is drawn by Aqualung,
who watches through the railings as they play.
Cross-eyed Mary finds it hard to get along.
She's a poor man's rich girl
and she'll do it for a song.
She's a rich man stealer
but her favour's good and strong:
She's the Robin Hood of Highgate
helps the poor man get along.”