Hymn 43

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"Hymn 43"
Hymn 43 Single.jpeg
Cover of the Japanese 7-inch single
Single by Jethro Tull
from the album Aqualung
B-side"Mother Goose"
Released19 March 1971
RecordedDecember 1970 - February 1971
GenreHard rock, progressive rock
Songwriter(s)Ian Anderson
Producer(s)Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis
Jethro Tull singles chronology
"Hymn 43"
"Locomotive Breath"

"Hymn 43" is a song by British progressive rock group Jethro Tull. It is off their Aqualung album and was released as a single by Reprise Records.

The song reached No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Songwriter Ian Anderson described the song as "a blues for Jesus, about the gory, glory seekers who use his name as an excuse for a lot of unsavoury things. You know, 'Hey Dad, it's not my fault — the missionaries lied.'"[2] Sean Murphy of PopMatters wrote that, "For “Hymn 43” Anderson sets his sights on the US and in quick order sets about decimating the hypocrisy and myth-making of religion and the new religion, entertainment."[3]

According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is set in the time signature of common time. It is composed in the key of D Major with Anderson's vocal range spanning from G4 to Eb6.[4]

The song was later included in the video game Rock Band 2 as downloadable content.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 RPM100 Singles (Canada)[6] 86
Billboard Hot 100 (USA)[1] 91


Jethro Tull


Morse/Portnoy/George released this as their third single off their 2020 album Cov3r to Cov3r on July 10, 2020.[7]

A version by Alabama Thunderpussy was included on the compilation album Sucking the 70's.


  1. ^ a b "Jethro Tull > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Good Heavens, Now Ian Anderson Wants Us to Think". Disc and Music Echo. Tullpress.com. March 20, 1971. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Murphy, Sean (December 9, 2011). "Jethro Tull: Aqualing (40th Anniversary Special Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Digital Sheet Music – Jethro Tull – Hymn 43". Musicnotes.com. Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "Hymn 43 by Jethro Tull // Songs //Rock Band". Harmonix Music Systems. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 16, No. 1, August 21, 1971". Library and Archives Canada. 21 August 1971. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ "MORSE / PORTNOY / GEORGE - Hymn 43 (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. Inside Out Music. May 25, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.

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