Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of The New Day)

Words & Music:

Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)


C                           A    C                       A

Meanwhile, back in the year one, when you belonged to no one.

C                          A    C                    D2-4

You didn't stand a chance, son, if your pants were undone.


D                 Dsus4  D5       G  Gsus4  G     D(add2)  D  Dsus4  D     G  Gsus4  G

'Cause you were bred------- for humanity----- and sold--------------- to society.

D      Dsus4  D        G            Gsus4  G

One day, you'll wake up-------- in the present day----------.

  Bb                    C

A million generations removed from expectations

D                               A  Asus4  A

Of being who you really want to be.



D5                          D5                       C5             G              D

Skating away, skating away, skating away on the thin ice of the new day------ay-ay-ay


G                            D2-4                                 A2-4

So, as you push off from the shore, won't you turn your head once more


And make your peace with everyone?

For those who choose to stay will live just one more day

To do the things they should've done.


G                                   A

And as you cross the wilderness, suspended in your emptiness,


You feel you have to pray.

G                           Csus4     C    D2-4                             A2-4

Looking for a sign that the universal mind has written you into the passion play.





And as you cross the circle line while the ice-wall creaks behind.

You're a rabbit on the run.

And the silver splinters fly in the corner of your eye,

Shining in the setting sun.


Well, do you ever get the feeling that the story's too damn real

And in the present tense?

Or that everybody's on the stage and it seems like

You're the only person sitting in the audience?




Skating away, skating away, skating away...

Skating Away (On The Thin Ice Of The New Day) Tab (tabber unknown)


    F  D2 D  D4  D5  A  A2 A4   G   F2

e +-1--0--2---3---5--0--0--0----3---1--

G |-1--3--3---3---3--2--0--3----0---1--

B |-2--2--2---2---2--2--2--2----0---0--

D |-3--0--0---0---0--2--2--2----0---3--

A |-3 ---------------0--0--0----2---0--

E +-1----------------------------------



["meanwhile back in the year one..."]   [if your plans were undone]

E +-----------------------0-             E +-----------------------2-

G |-----------------------2-             G |-----------------------3-

B |-----0-----------------2-  [3x]       B |-----0-----------------2-

D |---2-------------------2-             D |---2-------------------0-

A |-3------2--0-----------0-             A |-3------2--0-------------

E +---------------3--1------             E +---------------3--1------


   'cause you were bred for humanityÉ

E +-2---2--0--2-3---------------------3------3-----+

G |-3 --3 -3 -3 3--------------------(3)-----------|

B |-2---2--2 -2-2----------------------------------|  [3x]

D |------------------------------------------------|

A |-------------------------------320-2--320-2-----|

E +-----------------------------------3------3-----+


   a million generations   removed from expectations

E +1-------------------------1----------------------------+  strum

G |1-------------------------1----------------------------|  chords

B |2-------------------------0----------------------------|  here

D |3-------------------------3----------------------------|

A |3 ------------------------0----------------------------|

E +1------------------------------------------------------+


   of being who you really want to  be

E +0-2 2 0 2-3-2-0-0----------------0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0--------+

G |3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3----------------2-0 2-0 2 3 2 0 2--------| add

B |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2----------------2-2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2--------| rhythmic

D |---------------------------------2-2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2--------| style

A |---------------------------------0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0--------|

E +----------------------------------------------------------+




  skating away

  skating away

  skating away               on the thin

                                ice of the new day    ay e ay ay ay  

E +-----------------|      |---------------------3-----3-------2--2--+

G |-----------------|      |-----------------------------------3--3--| add

B |-4--2- 0--2--h2--| 3x   |--------0--------------------0-0- h2- 2--| style

D |-0- 0  0--0--- 0-|      |---0-2-4--4-2 0--------------4-4---------|

A |-----------------|      |-----------------320-2-320 2-------------|

E +-----------------|      |---------------------3-----3-------------+


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