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Tied at both ends

Posted by RRC on April 17, 2007

In Reply to: Tied at both ends posted by qbstein on April 17, 2007

: Does anybody know the phrase "tied at both ends"? In the text where I found it, it does not seem to have the literal meaning. Btw, it's a J-Tull song, and they seem to like using loads of regional expressions.

Here's an excerpt of the song from
Old gentlemen talk of when they were young
Of ladies lost and erring sons.
Lace-covered dandies revel with friends
Pure as the truth tied at both ends.

I have to say most of it makes very little sense to me.