Download and lyric this songs …. .Meanwhile back in the year One, when you belonged to no-one, you didn’t stand a chance son, if your pants were undone. ‘Cause you were bred for humanity and sold to society one day you’ll wake up in the Present Day a million generations removed from expectations of being who you really want to be. Skating away, skating away, skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.
So as you push off from the shore, won’t you turn your head once more and make your peace with everyone? For those who choose to stay, will live just one more day to do the things they should have done. And as you cross the wilderness, spinning in your emptiness: you feel you have to pray. Looking for a sign that the Universal Mind has written you into the Passion Play. Skating away, skating away, skating away on the thin ice of the New Day.
And as you cross the circle line, the ice-wall creaks behind you’re a rabbit on the run. And the silver splinters fly in the corner of your eye shining in the setting sun. Well, do you ever get the feeling that the story’s too damn real and in the present tense? Or that everybody’s on the stage, and it seems like you’re the only person sitting in the audience? Skating away, skating away, skating away on the thin ice of the New Day. Skating away, skating away , skating away
Originally meant to accompany a film project (the album was planned as a double-album set), it was reinstated as a ten-song, single-length rock album after failed attempts to find a major movie studio to finance the film.
The “War Child” movie was written as a metaphysical black comedy concerning a teenage girl in the afterlife, meeting characters based on God, St. Peter and Lucifer portrayed as if shrewd businessmen. Notable British actor Leonard Rossiter was to have been featured, Margot Fonteyn was to have choreographed, while Monty Python veteran John Cleese was pencilled in as a “humour consultant”.
Tracks slated to accompany the film such as “Quartet” and “WarChild Waltz” were unearthed and released in Tull’s 20 Years of Jethro Tull boxed set in 1988, in several Tull compilations since, and finally on the 2002 CD reissue.
Three of the songs, “Only Solitaire”, “Bungle in the Jungle” and “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day”, were left over from the 1972-1973 writing sessions for what was to have been the follow-up to Thick as a Brick. Ian Anderson told Songfacts: “It was actually late ’72 or early ’73 when I was in Paris recording an album that never got released, although one or two of the tracks made it out in 1974, but that was at a time when I was writing an album that was exploring people, the human condition, through analogies with the animal kingdom.” “Two Fingers” is a rearrangement of “Lick Your Fingers Clean”, a track from the Aqualung recording sessions that was not included on that album’s original release.
The back cover of the album contains images of people, including the five members of the band, friends, wives, girlfriends, Chrysalis Records staff, and manager Terry Ellis, all related to the song titles. Anderson’s personal touring assistant (and future wife) Shona Learoyd appears as a ringmaster, while Terry Ellis appears as a leopard skin-clad, umbrella-waving aggressive businessman.