Ian Anderson ha compiuto 69 anni: Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die, con testo e video

Il 10 agosto Ian Anderson, cantautore, polistrumentista, compositore e leader dei Jethro Tull, ha compiuto 69 anni.

Ian Scott Anderson è nato a Dunfermline (UK) il 10 agosto 1947, nel 1963 formò la sua prima band chiamata The Blades, ma due anni più tardi la band si trasformò in Jethro Tull, uno dei maggiori gruppi rock folk progressive mondiali.
La leggenda narra che Ian Anderson cominciò come chitarrista, ma un giorno vide Eric Clapton in concerto e decise di cambiare strumento!
Geniale, carismatico, il suo flauto ed il suo modo di suonare il flauto sono uno degli emblemi della storia del rock.

Per celebrae il suo 69° compleanno, ho pensato di postarvi la canzone Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die, estratta dall'omonimo concept album del 1976.

Testo: Jethro Tull – Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die

The old Rocker wore his hair too long,
Wore his trouser cuffs too tight.
Unfashionable to the end --- drank his ale too light.
Death's head belt buckle --- yesterday's dreams ---
The transport caf' prophet of doom.
Ringing no change in his double-sewn seams
In his post-war-babe gloom.

Now he's too old to Rock'n'Roll but he's too young to die.

He once owned a Harley Davidson and a Triumph Bonneville.
Counted his friends in burned-out spark plugs
And prays that he always will.
But he's the last of the blue blood greaser boys
All of his mates are doing time:
Married with three kids up by the ring road
Sold their souls straight down the line.
And some of them own little sports cars
And meet at the tennis club do's.
For drinks on a Sunday --- work on Monday.
They've thrown away their blue suede shoes.

Ian Anderson ha compiuto 69 anniNow they're too old to Rock'n'Roll and they're too young to die.

So the old Rocker gets out his bike
To make a ton before he takes his leave.
Up on the A1 by Scotch Corner
Just like it used to be.
And as he flies --- tears in his eyes ---
His wind-whipped words echo the final take
And he hits the trunk road doing around 120
With no room left to brake.

And he was too old to Rock'n'Roll but he was too young to die.
No, you're never too old to Rock'n'Roll if you're too young to die.

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