Cover of the Japanese 7-inch single
|Single by Jethro Tull|
|from the album Aqualung|
|Released||March 19, 1971|
|Recorded||December 1970 - February 1971|
|Genre||Hard rock, progressive rock|
|Producer(s)||Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis|
|Jethro Tull singles chronology|
The song reached 91 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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.'" Sean Murphy of PopMatters wrote that, "For “Hymn 43” Anderson sets his sights on the U.S.A. and in quick order sets about decimating the hypocrisy and myth-making of religion and the new religion, entertainment."
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.
|1971||RPM100 Singles (Canada)||86|
|Billboard Hot 100 (USA)||91|
- Jethro Tull
- Ian Anderson – vocals, flute
- Clive Bunker – drums and percussion
- Martin Barre – electric guitar
- Jeffrey Hammond - bass guitar
- John Evan – piano, organ, mellotron
- "Jethro Tull > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- "Good Heavens, Now Ian Anderson Wants Us to Think". Disc and Music Echo. Tullpress.com. March 20, 1971. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- Murphy, Sean (December 9, 2011). "Jethro Tull: Aqualing (40th Anniversary Special Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
- "Digital Sheet Music – Jethro Tull – Hymn 43". Musicnotes.com. Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- "Hymn 43 by Jethro Tull // Songs //Rock Band". Harmonix Music Systems. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 16, No. 1, August 21, 1971". Library and Archives Canada. 21 August 1971. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
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