Jethro Tull - Another Christmas Song Lyrics

Hope everybody's ringing on their own bell, this fine morning.
Hope everyone's connected to that long distance phone.
Old man, he's a mountain.
Old man, he's an island.
Old man, he's a-walking says
``I'm going to call, call all my children home.''

Hope everybody's dancing to their own drum this fine morning ---
the beat of distant Africa or a Polish factory town.
Old man, he's calling for his supper.
Calling for his whisky.
Calling for his sons and daughters, yeah ---
calling all his children round.

Sharp ears are tuned in to the drones and chanters warming.
Mist blowing round some headland, somewhere in your memory.
Everyone is from somewhere ---
even if you've never been there.
So take a minute to remember the part of you
that might be the old man calling me.

How many wars you're fighting out there, this winter's morning?
Maybe it's always time for another Christmas song.
Old man he's asleep now.
Got appointments to keep now.
Dreaming of his sons and daughters, and proving ---
proving that the blood is strong.

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  1. o Afratos

    Happy 2020 jt fans

  2. JoJo Norris

    Merry Christmas 2019
    Proving that "The Blood" ^ is strong

  3. Jörg Büttner

    Every year... since 2013 i listen to this great Song.... year after year.... There is no better christmas Song!

  4. Vanlal Tluanga

    I just can't get enough of listening to this masterpiece. I just love it

  5. Enderin

    I come back here every year. Can't wait for 2020, eh?

  6. timothy ryan

    Last year on December 7th I said that I wanted to comment here and try to do it each year as a memorial to my Dad. He left this ol Earth on December 7th 2016. So now it is December 7th 2019 three years later. Time changes things but it does not change that you miss someone and think of them often. I feel like I've had a lot on my mind this week just a busy mind but not focusing on very much at any one time. I had an old co worker friend pass away and his funeral was today. I had thought about not going but now I am very glad that I did. My Dad's great grand children are growing up so fast. Many of them aren't babies like they were three years ago. As I said in my earlier post, this song reminds me of my Dad ever since I heard it after he passed on. I play it often around Christmas time. It has some lines that make me think of him. His favorite Christmas song was "Little Drummer Boy" when I was growing up. He loved the "Rum pa pum pum" part. Good memories from being a child. Anyway y'all. Call your Dad if he's living, even if he don't deserve it. To those of you who lost someone recently, God bless you. It does hurt, even regrets hurt. God will see you thru this hard time. He is good all the time. I hope I am around next December 7th. TR


    This is a beautiful song. I saw your posts in previous years when listening to this song. Happy Christmas. :)

    timothy ryan

    @Portcullis Thank you, Merry Christmas to you too.

  7. rolli 1959

    einer meiner Lieblingslieder von Tull ;-)

  8. lenny zaroff



    No, this song is called "another Christmas song" from their Christmas album :)


    (also appearing as an older and simpler version on the LP "Rock Island")

    Tim Hoover

    You're right fool! This is ANOTHER Christmas song,hence the title.

  9. Steven Haywood

    Beautiful, lovely, charming! Ian is very good at writing Xmas, winter themed, and folky songs indeed!

  10. lady madonna

    This is my favourite Christmas Song. If I should make a Christmas Rock&Pop -Calendar. And second best is The Band: Christmas Must Be Tonight.

    Tim Hoover

    What about jethro's first Christmas song from '72?

  11. timothy ryan

    So I am back again one year later, I may try to make this a small annual memorial. My dad passed away two years ago today December 7th 2016. This song reminds me of him in some ways. We still miss him as much as ever. He did live a good life with 84 years on this earth. His new residence is a place called Heaven. In Christ we have the promise of that very same place. I really just want to say that time heals wounds if you allow it. If your Dad is still living call him and say hey. Even if he doesn't deserve it. Especially if he doesn't deserve it. It may be the best thing that ever happens to him to hear his child's voice, especially if in his own mind he thinks he never will. As Tiny Tim said in A Christmas Carol "God bless us all". God bless you all, or Y'all as we say where I live. I hope to be able to write here again this time next year. Tim

  12. Portcullis

    The songwriting genius of Ian Anderson.

    Simon Collyer

    An astute observation indeed!

  13. TheSirjohn2012

    It would be nice if I can get this album in record and not in a CD because with the CD it has a bit too many limitations in all of them.


    I'm 57 and still believe in
    Father Christmas! 🎄
    What say you!?
    Merry Christmas 2018🐦

    Steven Haywood

    JBIRD NELSON , absolutely yes! I am 58!

  15. Randy Cox

    We had our first white Christmas in a long time

  16. Randy Cox

    I love Ian and his band thank you Josh Dracula

  17. Sarah Sander

    Best modern christmas song I've heard so far. One of my favourites in terms of christmas songs as in terms of all songs

  18. carmen carmen

    La primera vez que escuché esta canción me hizo llorar.

  19. MiIuše Nechvátalová

    very nice :)

  20. Earl Mace

    A Christmas regular - love it!!

  21. Babli02

    I was sitting in a cafe today, waiting for the train when this song started playing. I had to google it right after I got home. I knew some of their songs but not this one.


    Well done for taking the the time to look it up. It deserves to be much more widely known. It is a rare thing; a genuinely good Christmas song with intelligent lyrics!

    Angie Weisswange

    @Portcullis. I agree with every word


    @Angie Weisswange Thanks!

  22. Alexei Bogdanov

    My most favorite Christmas song. Thank you!!


    Mine too.

  23. tim Ryan

    This song makes me think of my Dad. He went to heaven December 7th 2016 at 84 years old. Though he laid the whiskey down 29 years ago the words remind me of him very much. Call your dad.

    John LaStrada

    Wonderful sentiment. Must have been a good Dad. Happy Holidays Mr. Ryan.

    (Tim, on YouTube -- watch "My Favourite Time of Year" by The Florin Street Band. I think you will enjoy the video and the music, especially now).

    timothy ryan

    @John LaStrada Thank y'all for the kind words and Merry Christmas to you too.

    timothy ryan

    @John LaStrada I watched the video. It is wonderful! Thank you and Merry Christmas. Tim

    John LaStrada

    @timothy ryan Merry Christmas to you too Tim. Glad you liked the video. I think it's special. For some people, it must have been a wonderful time back then in that era.

    JoJo Norris

    Such a great song.Havn't spoke to my Father in 12 years.I listen to this every Christmas ....missing him.

  24. Joe Konczal

    Makes me cry every time

  25. GeordieGroundwater

    Funny thing, I've known Rock Island for years, and love some of the tracks (but not others), yet this song somehow escaped me and has only hit me this Christmas. And I've only just now looked at the lyrics. Did Ian have a God moment writing this? Absolutely love the line about "a Polish factory town" - maybe he's played in Gdansk or Torun or some place ....

  26. willicat441

    Martin's beautiful counterpoint to the flute...

  27. sajtospapa

    The most wonderfull Xmas song I've ever heard

  28. Colin Bailey

    nice one ian

  29. geminiwednesday16

    Joyous bells and a lovely seasonal song; Jethro Tull is a living legend...let's celebrate Christmas knowing he is one of the few "greats" still with us after this awful year in 2016 of loss of so many special people. How many of the younger generations are now simply loving David Bowie,bless his soul?  Well....for those just discovering Jethro Tull...really listen to his lovely,kind,gentle voice and clear lyrics.  He is a true "one-off" and his amazing music and songs are,without doubt,going to be eternal.

    Andrew Ward

    Great to hear 👂 that you like Jethro Tull 🎄


    Well,obviously I do know that as I've been a fan for donkeys' years,lol! but disregard my terminology and hopefully my comments are kind regarding an iconic band.  We are losing so many greats recently that it's good to give praise every now and then to those still with us who have given us years of pleasure.


    Good Morning,Andrew!  Thank you very much for your lovely comments in response to my own...and hope you had a very Happy Christmas and that 2017 will be a good year ahead for you...with Jethro Tull still with us!!  Karen.

    low down

    geminiwednesday16 yea Tull is a living legend, first heard so of aqualung in Vietnam 71/72 when I returned home and listened to thick as a brick(on 8 track) that was it, sad Ian lost some of his voice but we all get older, I'm ,64 and have problems but you move on lastly to me the rock n roll hall of fame sucks no Tull I will never understand that ,o well Ian/ Jethro Tull was great saw then twice loved it , long live Jethro Tull.


    Jethro Tull (the English agricultural pioneer) died in 1741. Ian Anderson (musician and frontman of Jethro Tull) is, at the time of writing (and contrary to recent social media fake news), very much alive and well. Cynical fans of the band might argue that Jethro Tull "died" in the late 1970s when Ian Anderson changed the band line-up after the classic 'Stormwatch' album, or maybe in the mid 1980s, when his voice changed! For me, this song (from 1989), proves that Anderson and Tull could still produce some fine songs, right up to the mid-1990s with the excellent 'Roots To Branches' album.

  30. Tony Wassall

    Brill from one of the best and underrated bands ever !!

  31. Rebekka Caffyn

    I love this song so much, underrated😭

  32. Delilah Higgins Guitar/Dance

    It's March 2016

    Oleg Nikiforov

    Pofig))) Song is greatest

  33. karl golledge


  34. Peggy Evans

    Happy 12th day of Christmas!! Perfect song.

  35. Portcullis

    One of the finest Christmas songs (and, along with All About Eve's 'December', one of the most underappreciated. Why do we have to hear the same old stuff every year-Slade, Wizzard, Wham etc.?).


    Lucky you! Also, if I hear that Wham song one more time. . . . !


    @Portcullis Totally agree on Wham, though. Jeez, does that one get overplayed or what...ARGH!! Ditto with the early 50's adult standards oldie "Hippopotamus For Christmas" by Gayla Peevey or "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron (On Christmas)" by Royal Guardsmen. Way too much airplay on both songs. I suppose "A Spaceman Came Traveling" by Chris De Burgh or "Another Rock 'n' Roll Christmas" by Gary Glitter gets airplay overkill on your native soil, eh?! I've NEVER heard the CDB song  played here in the states (radio stations don't recognize it as a Christmas song) and b/c Glitter is a pedo his holiday song gets played sparingly. I've heard a few covers of the Wizzard classic here (I think Lily Allen covered it, and it sucks big time.) "Christmas Song" by Angel is another forgotten holiday gem. It's an alternate take of their single "Winter Song". I'd rather hear  Angel's lost Christmas classic on the radio here than I would that goofy "Hippopotamus" holiday song. But agreed on the Tull holiday classics. They need more airplay no matter where.


    Funnily enough, since his conviction, Paul Gadd's (Mr.Glitter) Christmas song doesn't get as much airplay here as it used to! It was shit anyway! Some of my favourite wintery songs are relatively unknown (probably because they don't mention Christmas). Songs such as Sandy Denny's 'No End' (solo piano version), Natalie Merchant's 'Frozen Charlotte' and Suzanne Vega's 'Cracking'.

    Terry Platt

    Put these on your Christmas playlist! (in no particular order):

    Arrival - Abba
    Joy - After The Fire
    Equinoxe 5 - Jean-Michel Jarre
    Run With The Fox - Chris Squire And Alan White
    Snowflakes - American Spring
    (You'll Never Be Alone) On Christmas Day - Mike Love
    Space Christmas + Sweet Christmas - Shonen Knife
    Street Cat Bob And James Bowen Visit Winter Wonderland
    Deck The Halls - The Tabbynacle Choir ('ll find it on SoundCloud)
    Duck The Halls - The Robertsons
    Hey Santa Claus - Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson **
    Green Chri$tma$ - Stan Freberg
    New York's A Lonely Town - The Tradewinds
    Wrapping Paper - Cream
    Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
    Christmas Time Is Here Again - Ringo Starr
    Footprints In The Snow + Snowflakes Are Dancing - Tomita
    The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - The Chipmunks & Canned Heat
    Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me - The Goodies
    Christmas In Heaven - Monty Python **
    Christmas At Ground Zero + The Night Santa Went Crazy - Weird Al Yankovic
    I Want An Alien For Christmas - Fountains Of Wayne
    Throw The Yule Log On Uncle John - The Madrigal Singers
    Warm This Winter - Gabriella Cilmi
    White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
    Riu Riu - Chorale
    Gaudete - Steeleye Span
    In The Bleak Midwinter - Nevada
    Silver On The Tree (Angel Tears) - Maggie Reilly
    White Is In The Winter Night - Enya
    December Snow - The Moody Blues
    O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Anna Madsen
    1968 Apollo 8 Crew Reading Genesis On Christmas Eve
    Christmas For Space - Universal Energy
    Xmas Bloody Xmas - TV Smith
    We're All Going To Die - Malcolm Middleton
    Christmas - The Who
    The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Jasper Carrott

    ...and... any track from Chris Squire's Swiss Choir album

    You may not like all of them - but I guarantee you'll find something you don't know, and wonder why you never heard it before! And they're all better than all the tired, overplayed stuff we get blitzed with every December! You'll find them all, except The Tabbynacle Choir, on YouTube - just copy and paste the titles and artistes into the search box. Apologies to those who may be sensitive to bad language - avoid the ones marked **.


  36. Sarah H

    my parents played this all the time when i was younger .. love it

  37. Manny Digs

    fuckin' awesome song! guessed everyone could relate. cheers

  38. Danilo Arantes

    feliz natal! huahuahu

  39. taron70

    great !!!!

  40. PurpleInTooDeep

    Beautiful Christmas song!

  41. Michele Pedrotti

  42. quakerorts

    One of the best modern Christmas songs I've heard.

    Steven Haywood

    quakerorts ,oh yes absolutely!

  43. Renata Smela Wolski

    my favourite christmas song :)

  44. Emil 'Oskar Þorbjörnsson

    Gleðileg jól og farsælt ár

  45. Frank Stasinski

    Happy Christmas all over the World!

  46. Rosemarie Metrik Colglazier

    Masterfully done....a  beautiful
     Christmas Songl. Thank you for sharing.

  47. Tucker Cole

    What a wonderful Christmas song!

  48. Temo Sabbather

    There's a mistake in the lyrics, in the last chapter, there is "Christmas morning" not "Winter's morning".