Intending to find something suitable as an avatar for one of our members here, who goes by Cousin Jack, I stumbled upon the origin of the name of that pub (?) visited by the common working man and the yellow-fingered smoky girl.
It is apparently a reference to British emigrants from Cornwall, who migrated to other countries, including the U.S. They were comprised of mechants, farmers, but mostly miners of precious metals, who were skilled in locating and excavating copper, gold and silver from veins deep under the ground.
There are various theories as to how the term "Cousin Jack" arose. Some think it was because these Cornish miners were known to ask for jobs for their "cousin, Jack" back at home, while others believe that the name comes from the way they always addressed each other, informally, by the name "cousin" and the fact that Jack was the most common Christian name in Cornwall.
I always thought Cousin Jack was a person but then what glasses was he referrign to?
thanks for the avater I take it that's gold
Glad you like the avatar, CJ, and yes, I believe that is gold. It is in keeping with the mining origin of the name, which I was totally unfamiliar with before yesterday. It goes to show, you learn something new about Tull all the time!
Pat and I once discussed this song on a prior thread, and it turns out we were both partially right. I always felt that Cousin Jacks had to be a bar or a pub, rather than a person, because it was upper case C and J, and because of the reference to putting the bottles back. I think that that would have to be the case, especially knowing now that the name had a specific historical origin. Although I suppose it could be the nickname of the proprietor rather than the name of the establishment. So maybe it is a person after all.
However, I always thought the reference to "mends his glasses that I cracked" referred to drinking glasses. Pat on the other hand felt that it referred to spectacles. He was right.
I just looked this up on Cup of Wonder for the first time a moment ago. The "glasses that I cracked" refers to a bar brawl where the protagonist of the song punches "Cousin Jack" in the face and breaks his glasses!
Biggles: Sooo jealous! enjoy.
Dec 15, 2015 17:22:44 GMT -5
StanDup: hmm, I could still make the 2nd show on saturday. just kidding dammit.
Dec 19, 2015 0:33:17 GMT -5
TM: Oh man, what an incredible show! I have picks and videos to post.
Dec 21, 2015 15:57:10 GMT -5
StanDup: Right on, can't wait.
Dec 22, 2015 19:42:04 GMT -5
marco58: Just saw Martin and his hot band in Plymouth, MA last Friday night. My second live Tull experience, after Ian in November at Foxwoods in CT. Completely blown away, the man is legendary, can't wait for his 2016 dates!
Dec 22, 2015 20:21:12 GMT -5
TM: Know what you mean Marco - welcome to the board. Everyone in NY was blown away by him as well. It was best show I've seen in many years.
Dec 22, 2015 21:51:02 GMT -5
Biggles: I just read the Bill Kopp Asheville, NC review a few days ago and could tell you guys were in for something special. I love that marco58 referred to it as "My second live Tull experience" welcome to the board marco58!
Dec 22, 2015 23:49:09 GMT -5
StanDup: Martin dates added since the Arizona date was announced. For you lucky fans back east.
Jan 30, 2016 18:42:12 GMT -5
Biggles: Martin please book some dates in California!!!
Jan 30, 2016 21:06:24 GMT -5
bristoltull: Hi....may be of interest to UK-based fans. On the BBC quiz show "Mastermind", I'm on this Friday, in one of the semi-finals, and my specialised subject is.....Jethro Tull. BBC2, 19th February 2016, 8pm. I gave it my best shot. See how many you can answer!
Feb 14, 2016 16:07:46 GMT -5
TM: Very cool. Good luck!
Feb 16, 2016 15:54:45 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: Damn missed it as ive only just joined the forum
Mar 27, 2016 5:52:51 GMT -5
stormwatchuk: anywhere to see it again ? or maybe a list of the questions we can have a go at ?
Mar 27, 2016 5:53:15 GMT -5
teddy: Seems like everyone trying to figure out " Eat Hermione for lunch" just don't get it. A Popular vegetarian line of food is advertised by a woman named Hermione. You can see the advertisement on line. Thus it is not oral sex with a office girl. Munch.
Dec 16, 2016 20:39:34 GMT -5
lclark354: Hello everyone. I recently finished a room addition, and can finally set up surround sound. I've purchased all the Tull sets, except, of course,TAAB. Is there a site where one can purchase & download the 5.1 files? Or, any word on a re-issue?
Jan 17, 2017 1:15:01 GMT -5
Mystery To Me: Going to Red Rocks show with 2 friends. Anyone from the board going to this concert? Would like to meet anyone or everyone. Later
May 18, 2017 16:55:45 GMT -5
Nonfatman: My days of traveling long distances to see "Tull" are over. I just don't have the time anymore. Hope you enjoy it!
May 23, 2017 14:16:12 GMT -5
madjack1959: Hello to everyone from Lexington, Kentucky. Part of what led me here, was mention of Gentle Giant. I've listened to Tull for ages, and then was introduced to GG via Octopus I saw in the record store, and that was my start. I've never seen either "live" :
Jul 19, 2017 19:19:55 GMT -5
maugioia: is there anyone there
Feb 28, 2020 17:49:37 GMT -5
yellowcab643: I made my way to Hollywood and thought it was very refreshing. The Kaiser Permanente Optometrist there cured my High Blood Pressure. Do I like an unsung westerner - I drove an England truck and had a Texas CDL Styx & Van Halen might have music about me
Mar 3, 2020 21:07:03 GMT -5