Wond’ring aloud
How we feel today
Last night sipped the sunset
My hand in her hair
We are our own saviours
As we start both our hearts beating life
Into each other

Wond’ring aloud
Will the years treat us well?
As she floats in the kitchen
I’m tasting the smell
Of toast as the butter runs
Then she comes, spilling crumbs on the bed
And I shake my head
And it’s only the giving
That makes you what you are


The fifth track on Jethro Tull’s 1971 album Aqualung. “Wond’ring Aloud” is a short acoustic ballad that talks about a day in the life of a loving couple, though it’s been interpreted to be about something less…appropriate.

There exists a longer version of this song called “Wond’ring Again” that was originally meant for the album, but was cut and replaced by this shorter one. The longer song, which has entirely different lyrics, was included on the compilation album Living In The Past.Later, in 2011, an even longer version that combines both tracks entitled “Wond’ring Aloud, Again” was released as one of the bonus tracks for the 40th Anniversary Edition.

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