"Mother Goose", "Mamma Oca": un pezzo semplicemente stupendo, composto dal "folletto" Ian Anderson. Piacerà anche a chi non va proprio matto per il folk tipo Jethro Tull o anche Amazing Blondel.
Il flauto sembra imitare la camminata tipica della papera... o, comunque, quella di un uomo che va, con occhi bene aperti, per i labirinti di una Londra in estate. E come camminiamo noi nella stagione calda? Giusto: come i paperi...
Ecco il testo della canzone:
As I did walk by Hampstead Fair
I came upon Mother Goose
So I turned her loose
She was screaming.
And a foreign student said to me
Was it really true there elephants and lions too in Picadilly Circus?
Walked down by the bathing pond to try and catch some sun.
Saw at least a hundred schoolgirls sobbing into handkerchiefs as one.
I don't believe they knew I was a schoolboy.
And a bearded lady said to me
If you start your raving, and your misbehaving
You'll be sorry.
Then the chicken-fancier came to play
With his long red beard (and his sister's weird:
She drivs a lorry).
Laughed down by the putting green
I popped 'em in their holes.
Four and twenty labourers were labouring
Digging up their gold.
I don't believe they knew that I was Long John Silver.
Saw Johnny Scarecrow make his rounds in his jet-black 'mac
(Which he won't give back)
Stole it from a snowman.