Living in the Past (song)

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"Living in the Past"
Living in the Past - Jethro Tull.jpg
Single by Jethro Tull
B-side"Driving Song"
Released25 April 1969
Recorded17 February 1969
GenreProgressive rock, jazz rock
Songwriter(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 the band's best-known songs, and it is notable for being written in the unusual 5
time signature
. The 5
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 the 1969 album Stand Up, released in the same year as a stand-alone single to UK audiences while Jethro Tull finished its US tour.[2] However, it became more popular after its 1972 release on the album of the same name, a compilation of the band's hits from that era. 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).

"Living in the Past" was ranked the fifth best Jethro Tull song by Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check.[3]

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)[12]


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:[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dom Lawson (16 February 2015). "Top Of The Progs: Jethro Tull's Living In The Past - Prog". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Top Of The Progs: Jethro Tull's Living In The Past - Prog". Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ Rehe, Christoph (2013). Rock - Das Gesamtwerk der größten Rock-Acts im Check: alle Alben, alle Songs. Ein eclipsed-Buch (in German). Sysyphus Sysyphus Verlags GmbH. ISBN 3868526463.
  4. ^ "living+in+the+past | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Living in the Past". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 17 October 1969
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^
  10. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (13 July 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Cover-Versionen- und Musikzitate-Datenbank". 19 June 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Jethro Tull Tribute". Retrieved 6 May 2015.

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