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 willerup.com/ tull/lyrics/passion.html :
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.