After a performance of "Kissing Willie" in 1989, the year the song was released, Ian remarks that the audience are probably wondering that the song is about, with its suggestive lyrics and blatantly phallic imagery being shown in the background during the song. He says that "it's about three and a half minutes long."
"Mother Goose" contains these lines:
Saw Johnny Scarecrow make his rounds With his jet black mac Which he won't give back Stole it from a snowman.
In the booklet included with A Passion Play - An Extended Performance, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond recalls his dining experiences at the Château d'Hérouville - and gives us a Hurricane of Puns:
"Topically, the château was the only place where I have knowingly eaten horse. It was frequently on the menu as a mane course, so we were saddled with it. Not wanting to appear blinkered I one day took the bit between my teeth and sampled it thinking it be odds on to become a favourite. I did however fell like I'd bitten off more than I could chew." (Note: The Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond One Man Stand Up Revue will not be appearing at Blackpool North Pier any time soon.)
The "stories" written in the original ''Thick As A Brick" newspaper (all contributed by each of the Tull members who recorded the album) are filled with satirical, punny, ironic, often dark-humored (or risqué) content and wordplay, if one knows what to look for.
There is a moment in the Homo Erraticus tour in which Ryan O'Donnell spanks Ian's bottom with a cane during the line during the lines "Cruel Bunter-bashing, cane a-thrashing, lines, detention, soon forgot" in "Meliora Sequamur". It is every bit as funny as one would imagine.
Another moment from that tour: At the very end of "My God", Ian gives a series of blasts on his flute... which goes on for a bit, leading to bored expressions from the band. Eventually, he's about to have one final blow when he chuckles and says "Not this time!", then turns round only for Ryan to knee him in the nuts.