Living in the Past (song)

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This article is about the Jethro Tull song. For other songs with the same title, see Living in the Past.
"Living in the Past"
Living in the Past - Jethro Tull.jpg
Single by Jethro Tull
B-side "Driving Song"
Released 25 April 1969
Recorded 17 February 1969
Genre Progressive rock, jazz rock
Length 3:18
Label Island
Writer(s) Ian Anderson
Producer(s) Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis
Jethro Tull singles chronology
"Love Story"
"Living in the Past"
"Sweet Dream"

"Living in the Past" is a song by British progressive rock group Jethro Tull. It is one of their best-known songs, and it is notable for being written in the unusual 5/4 time signature. The 5/4 time signature is quickly noted from the beginning rhythmic bass pattern.

The single reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]


The song was originally recorded before the sessions for Jethro Tull's 1969 album Stand Up, released in the same year as a stand-alone single to UK audiences while Jethro Tull finished their US tour.[2] However, it became more popular after its 1972 release on Jethro Tull's compilation album, also called Living in the Past. After its release on the album, it became the band's first Top 20 hit in the US, peaking at #11. The song was restored as a "bonus track" for the 2001 CD reissue of Stand Up (1969).

Chart performance[edit]

Release history[edit]

  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Driving Song" (Island WIP 6056, 25 April 1969)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Christmas Song" (Australia) (Reprise R 3578 December 1972)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Requiem" (Chrysalis CHS 2081, 16 January 1976)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Hard Liner" (Chrysalis CHS 3970, 1993)
  • Single: "Living in the Past" / "Witch's Promise" / "Teacher" / "Life is a Long Song" (April 2013, limited edition vinyl)[6]


Jethro Tull
Additional musician
  • Lou Toby - arranged and conducted strings

Cover versions[edit]

The song was first covered as an instrumental by CCS in 1970. Other cover versions include:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dom Lawson (2015-02-16). "Top Of The Progs: Jethro Tull's Living In The Past - Prog". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Top Of The Progs: Jethro Tull's Living In The Past - Prog". Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  3. ^ a b "living+in+the+past | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Cover-Versionen- und Musikzitate-Datenbank". 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  8. ^ "Jethro Tull Tribute". Retrieved 2015-05-06. 

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