Who's "The Teacher" Jethro Tull Is Singing About? We'll Teach You

I can’t help it I amuse myself with clickbait blog post titles. Here’s the lyrics to Teacher, explained in parens, followed by the full video. In answer to the question, David is Dr. Who, and Bea is The Master who sometimes foils him.  That’s a picture of Bea, and many of you must recognize her “Get” form, umbrella and updo, and little booties, female bow tie brooch, murderous gaze. BEA.  The Master is The Teacher.  See the lyrics below.

This is another song David sent along to Jethro Tull as “divine inspiration”:

Well the dawn was coming,
Heard him ringing on my bell.
He said, “My name’s the teacher,
Or that is what I call myself. (David speaking about Bea, who used to pose as his dear friend and had promised to help David find Hera here on Earth. This was before we learned that Bea had abducted Hera to here)
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.” (Bea had told David that Hera came to Earth voluntarily for a little time away with Bea to forget about some troubles of the past)

So I took a journey,
Threw my world into the sea (David came down here to find Hera, Earth is called the ocean)
With me went the teacher
Who found fun instead of me (Bea led David to here, posing as his friend, and did not lead David to Hera. Hera and David are “The Twins” aka “Adam and Eve” – we are twins. So looking for me is the same as looking for himself)

Hey man, what’s the plan, what was that you said?
Sun-tanned, drink in hand, lying there in bed. (Bea did not help David find Hera as she promised, and instead behaved as though she was on vacation here)
I try to socialize but I can’t seem to find
What I was looking for, there’s something on my mind. (David was preoccupied looking for me. This also is a warning about the mind control that causes people to forget what they are doing, or what they know, or how things used to be, once they change them with the time machine.)

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. (David has found me but we are still trapped here and Bea turns out to have been the one who dragged Hera here in the first place.)

 

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