OTB Latenight – Jethro Tull

I am always interested in theories as to what this, or any Jethro Tull song, is actually about (beyond merely sounding cool, of course):

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  1. Does it need anything beyond sounding cool? 😉

    Personally, I’ve always thought it was about some kind of personal train wreck (the exact nature of which is left vague on purpose). But that’s me.

  2. Martin Webb says:

    The locomotive is an analogy for life’s journey – Charlie is ‘God’. And it’s a GREAT rock song!