"With You There To Help Me"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), 25th Anniversary Boxed Set: Carnegie Hall Live, New York City 1970 and The Beacons Bottom Tapes (1993), Benefit (remaster) (2002), Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle of Wight 1970 (2004)

In days of peace
Sweet smelling summer nights
Of wine and song
Dusty pavements burning feet
Why am I crying, I want to know
How can I smile and make it right?
For sixty days and eighty nights
And not give in and lose the fight
I'm going back to the ones that I know
With whom I can be what I want to be
Just one week for the feeling to go
And with you there to help me
Then it probably will
I won't go down acting the same old play
Give sixty days for just one night
Don't think I'd make it, but then I might
I'm going back to the ones that I know
With whom I can be what I want to be
Just one week for the feeling to go
And with you there to help me
Then it probably will

"Nothing To Say"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

Everyday there's someone asking
What is there to do?
Should I love or should I fight
Is it all the same to you?
No I say I have the answer proven to be true
But if I were to share it with you
You would stand to gain and I to lose
Oh I couldn't bear it
So I've got nothing to say, nothing to say
Every morning pressure forming
All around my eyes
Ceilings crash, the walls collapse
Broken by the lies that your misfortune
Brought upon us and I won't disguise them
So don't ask me will I explain
I won't even begin to tell you why
No, just because I have a name
Well I've got nothing to say, nothing to say
Climb a tower of freedom
Paint your own deceiving sign
It's not my power to criticize
Or to ask you to be blind
To your own pressing problem
And the hate you must unwind
So ask of me no answer
There is none that I could give you wouldn't find
I went your way ten years ago
And I've got nothing to say, nothing to say

"Inside"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Living In The Past (1972), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

All the places I've been
Make it hard to begin
To enjoy life again on the inside, but I mean to
Take a walk around the block
And be glad that I've got me some time
To be in from the outside, and inside with you
I'm sitting on the corner feeling glad
Got no money coming in but I can't be sad
That was the best cup of coffee I ever had
And I won't worry about a thing
Because we've got it made
Here on the inside, outside so far away
And we'll laugh and we'll sing
Get someone to bring our friends
Here for tea in the evening
Old Jeffrey makes three
Take a walk in the park
Does the wind in the dark
Sound like music to you?
Well I'm thinking it does to me
Can you cook, can you sew
Well, I don't want to know
That is not what you need on the inside
To make the time go
Counting lambs, counting sheep
We will fall into sleep
And we awake to a new day of living
And loving you so

"Son"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

Oh, I feel sympathy
Be grateful my son for what you get
Expression and passion
Ten days for watching the sunset
When I was your age
Amusement we made for ourselves
'Permission to breathe sir,' don't talk like that
I'm your old man
They'll soon be demobbed son
So join up as soon as you can
You can't borrow that
'Cos that's for the races
And doesn't grow on trees
I only feel what touches me
And feel in touching
I can see a better state to be in
Who has the right to question what I might do
In feeling I should touch the real
And only things I feel
It's advice and it's nice to know
When you're best advised
You've only turned thirty
So son, you'd better apologize
And when you grow up
If you're good we will buy you a bike

"For Michael Collins, Jeffrey and Me"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

Watery eyes of the last sighing seconds
Blue reflections mute and dim
Beckon tearful child of wonder
To repentance of the sin
And the blind and lusty lovers
Of the great eternal lie
Go on believing nothing
Since something has to die
And the ape's curiosity, money power wins
And the yellow soft mountains move under him
I'm with you L.E.M.
Though it's a shame that it had to be you
The mother ship is just a blip
From your trip made for two
I'm with you boys, so please employ
Just a little extra care
It's on my mind I'm left behind
When I should have been
There walking with you
And the limp face hungry viewers
Fight to fasten with their eyes
Like the man hung from the trapeze
Whose fall will satisfy
And congratulate each other
On their rare and wondrous deed
That their begrudged money
Bought to sow the monkey's seed
And the yellow soft mountains
Tthey grow very still
Witness as intrusion the humanoid thrill

"To Cry You A Song"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Repeat: The Best of Jethro Tull Vol. II (1977), 25th Anniversary Boxed Set: Carnegie Hall Live, New York City 1970 (1993), The Best of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection (1993), 36 Greatest Hits (1998), Benefit (remaster) (2002), Nothing Is Easy: Live At The Isle of Wight 1970 (2004)

Flying so high, trying to remember
How many cigarettes did I bring along?
When I get down I'll jump in a taxi cab
Driving through London town to cry you a song
It's been a long time, still shaking my wings
Well, I'm a glad bird, I got changes to ring
Closing my dream inside its paper-bag
Thought I saw angels
But I could have been wrong
Search in my case
Can't find what they're looking for
Waving me through to cry you a song
It's been a long time, still shaking my wings
Well I'm a glad bird, I got changes to ring
Lights in the street
Peeping through curtains drawn
Rattling of safety chain taking too long
The smile in your eyes
Was never so sweet before
Came down from the skies to cry you a song

"A Time For Everything?"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

Once it seemed there would always be
A time for everything
Ages passed I knew at last
My life had never been
I'd been missing what time could bring
Fifty years and I'm filled with tears and joys
I never cried
Burn the wagon and chain the mule
The past is all denied
There's no time for everything
No time for everything

"Teacher"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Living In The Past (1972), 'M.U.': The Best of Jethro Tull (1976), A Classic Case (1985), 20 Years of Jethro Tull: III. The Essential Tull (1988), 25th Anniversary Boxed Set: Remixed Classic Songs (1993), The Best of Jethro Tull: The Anniversary Collection (1993), 36 Greatest Hits (1998), Benefit (remaster) (2002), The Essential Jethro Tull (2003)

Well the dawn was coming
Heard him ringing on my bell
He said, 'My name's the teacher
That is what I call myself
And I have a lesson that I must impart to you
It's an old expression, but I must insist it's true
Jump up, look around, find yourself some fun
No sense in sitting there hating everyone
No man's an island and his castle isn't home
The nest is for nothing
When the bird has flown.'
So I took a journey
Threw my world into the sea
With me went the teacher
Who found fun instead of me
Hey man, what's the plan
What was that you said?
Sun-tanned, drink in hand, lying there in bed
I try to socialize
But I can't seem to find what I was looking for
Got something on my mind
Then the teacher told me
It had been a lot of fun
Thanked me for his ticket
And all that I had done
Hey man, what's the plan
What was that you said?
Sun-tanned, drink in hand
Lying there in bed
I try to socialize
But I can't seem to find what I was looking for
Got something on my mind

"Play In Time"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

Got to take in what I can
There is no time to do what must be done
While I do some thinking
Sleeping is hard to come by
So we'll all sit down and try to play in time
And we feel like singing
Talking to people in my way
Blues were my favorite colour
Til I looked around and found another song
That I felt like singing
Trying so hard to reach you
Playing what must be played
What must be sung and it's what I'm singing
Talking to people in my way

"Sossity; You're A Woman"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), 25th Anniversary Boxed Set: Carnegie Hall Live, New York City 1970 (1993), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

Hello you straight-laced lady
Dressed in white but your shoes aren't clean
Painted them up with polish
In the hope we can't see where you've been
The smiling face that you've worn
To greet me rising at morning
Sent me out to work for my score
Please me and say what it's for
Give me the straight-laced promise
And not the pathetic lie
Tie me down with your ribbons
And sulk when I ask you why
Your Sunday paper voice cries
Demanding truths I deny
The bitter-sweet kiss you pretended is offered
Our affair mended
Sossity, you're a woman
Society, you're a woman
All of the tears you're wasting
Are for yourself and not for me
It's sad to know you're aging
Sadder still to admit I'm free
Your immature physical toy has grown
Too young to enjoy
At last your straight-laced agreement
Woman, you were too old for me
Sossity, you're a woman
Society, you're a woman

"Alive and Well and Living In"
music and lyrics by Ian Anderson

Benefit (1970), Living In The Past (1972), Benefit (remaster) (2002)

Nobody sees her here
Her eyes are slowly closing
If she should want some peace
She sits there without moving
And puts a pillow over the phone
And if she feels like dancing
No one will know it
Giving herself a chance
There's no need to show her how it should be
She can't remember now
When she was all in pieces
She's quite content to sit there
Listening to what he says
How he didn't like to be alone
And if he feels like crying
She's there to hear him
No reason to complain and nothing to fear
They always will be