Ring Out, Solstice Bells

Album: Songs from the Wood (1977)

Songfacts®:

  • There are plenty of Christmas songs, including one by Jethro Tull, but few about the winter solstice, which takes place on the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere - either December 21st or 22nd. The song describes a solstice celebration in medieval times, with dancing druids and ringing bells.

    According to frontman Ian Anderson, it is one of just a few songs he wrote simply looking for a hit song. He told us: "I deliberately attempted to write, if not a pop song, at least a song that was catchy enough to be getting radio play and achieve something in the singles charts." (Here's the full Ian Anderson interview.)

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  • Zabadak from London, EnglandThis was he lead track of a four-song EP which reached #30 in the UK.
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