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The Songs About Getting Older

""Hope I die before I get old," sang 21-year-old Roger Daltrey in 1965—and 43 years later, he's still singing it. Rock 'n' roll has always been invested in a Byronic cult of blazing youth and beautiful corpses. But as tyros have turned into reunion-tour warhorses, rockers have had to come to terms with the ironies—and the indignities and the glories—of old age."

 

What are the songs that talk about getting older, looking back, etc?

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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"I'm Older Than a Boulder and Feel It in My Shoulder"!  by the Over the Hill Gang.

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Harry Chapin's Cats in the Cradle and Frank Sinatra's It Was a Very Good Year.

 

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This is a hard one to answer.  # 1 to me is Father and Son  by Cat Stewens, but a good #2 is My Old Friend by Eric Claption.  Enjoy the ride to older times everyone and keep on rocking.

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Beatle's When I'm 64 is the classic!

Carol King's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

I loved Sinatra's version of Young At Heart 🙂

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I love Young At Heart, sung by Jimmy Durante! 

Also loved Seems Like Old Times when Diane Keaton sang it in Annie Hall

 

Deana Gold
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There's An Old Man In Our Town. Kenny Rogers

 

TwentyYears Ago. Kenny Rogers

 

Fast.  Luke Bryan

 

Watered Down. Trace Adkins

 

I Wish I Was 18 Again. George Burns

 

Last Time For Everything. Brad Paisley

 

Yesterday, When I Was Young. Roy Clark

 

 

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Simon and Garfunkel: Old Friends from the Bookends album

 

Old friends
Old friends
Sat on their park bench
Like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
On the high shoes
Of the old friends

Old friends
Winter companions
The old men
Lost in their overcoats
Waiting for the sunset
The sounds of the city
Sifting through trees
Settle like dust
On the shoulders
Of the old friends

Can you imagine us
Years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange
To be seventy

Old friends
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fear

Time it was
And what a time it was
It was . . .
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago . . . it must be . . .
 
And from Bob Seger's Against the Wind:
 
Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you
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As much as I LOVE Simon and Garfinkel, had forgotten "Old Friends!"  THANKS! - for a beautiful memory, which now, sadly, is closer to my own life than when I first heard the song...

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When I was Seventeen (Sinatra)

The Best is Yet to Come (Sinatra)

Too Old to Cut the Mustard (Clooney & Dietrich)

Let's Hang on to What We Got (Frankie Valle & The Four Seasons)

Try to Remember (Nana Mouskouri)

Sunrise Sunset (Theme song for Fiddler on the Roof) 

~Sharon~
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"Forever Young" - the Rod Stewart version. As you grow may you always stay young in mind an spirit.

 

May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam.
And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you're far from home.
And my you grow to be proud, dignified and true.
And do unto others as you'd have done to you.
Be courageous and be brave.
And in my heart you'll always stay

Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. Forever young

May good fortune be with you, may your guiding light be strong,
Build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond.
And may you never love in vain.
And in my heart you will remain

Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. Forever young

And when you fin'lly fly away, I'll be hoping that I served you well.
For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.
But whatever road you choose, I'm right behind you win or lose,

Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. Forever young
For forever young
Songwriters: CREGAN, JIM / DYLAN, BOB / HARLEY, STEVE / SAVIGAR, KEVIN
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For decades, my favorite is "Hello In There," by John Prine. He's still gettin' around and singin' it!

 

"Hello In There"

We had an apartment in the city,
Me and Loretta liked living there.
Well, it'd been years since the kids had grown,
A life of their own left us alone.
John and Linda live in Omaha,
And Joe is somewhere on the road.
We lost Davy in the Korean war,
And I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore.

[Chorus:]
Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger,
And old rivers grow wilder ev'ry day.
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello."

Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more,
She sits and stares through the back door screen.
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen.
Someday I'll go and call up Rudy,
We worked together at the factory.
But what could I say if asks "What's new?"
"Nothing, what's with you? Nothing much to do."

[Chorus]

So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say, "Hello in there, hello."
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One more - Through The Years by Kenny Rogers:

 

I can't remember when you weren't there
When I didn't care for anyone but you
I swear we've been through everything there is
Can't imagine anything we've missed
Can't imagine anything the two of us can't do
Through the years
You've never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I've found
I've found with you
Through the years
I've never been afraid
I've loved the life we've made
And I'm so glad I've stayed
Right here with you
Through the years
I can't remember what I used to do
Who I trusted whom, I listened to before
I swear you've taught me everything I know
Can't imagine needing someone so
But through the years it seems to me
I need you more and more
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My absolutely favorite:  Beautiful in My Eyes by Joshua Kadison:

 

You're my peace of mind,
in this crazy world.
Your're everything I've tried to find,
your love is a pearl.
You're my Mona Lisa, you're my rainbow skies,
and my only prayer, is that you realize,
you'll always be beautiful, in my eyes.
The world will turn,
and the seasons will change.
And all the lessons we will learn,
will be beautiful and strange.
We'll have our fill of tears, our share of sighs.
My only prayer, is that you realize.
You'll always be beautiful, in my eyes.
You will always be, beautiful in my eyes.
And the passing years will show,
that you will always grow,
evermore beautiful, in my eyes.
And there are lines upon my face,
from a lifetime of smiles.
But when the time comes to embrace.
for one long last while.
We can laugh about it, how time really flies.
We won't say goodbye, 'cause true-love never dies.
You'll always be beautiful, in my eyes.
You will always be, beautiful in my eyes.
And the passing years will show,
that you will always grow,
evermore beautiful, in my eyes.
The passing years will show,
that you will always grow,
evermore beautiful, in my eyes.
 
If anyone would like to listen to this outstanding song, here's a link:
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Thank you so much for sharing the YouTube link.  I'd never heard this song before.  It truly is beautiful!Smiley Happy

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You are very welcome. : )
Social Butterfly

 

 

4 + 20     by   Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

 

               This is off the 'Deja'  Vu   Album

               Note: I said album not  CD'

               Getting older and enjoying

               My albums.  🙂

               PEACE

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I still have tons of albums, and a Dual turntable to play them on! : )
Conversationalist

If you've never heard Kurt Weill's September song, it starts like this:

 

 For it's a long long time between May and December,

but the days grow shorter when it's September!

 

It's a beatiful melonchonic song.

 

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When I'm 64, It was a Very good Year, and September Song, I'm Still Here (Stephen Sondheim)

Regular Contributor

When I'm 64! Awesome song.
~Sharon~
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Yup!  One of my favorites, too-never thought "64" would happen to me though...!

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Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis

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My favorite Randy Travis song! 🙂

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"Timer" by Laura Nyro

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Landslide

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
'Til the landslide brought it down
Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin' ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Well, I've been afraid of changin'
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older, too
Well, I've been afraid of changin'
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older, too
Oh, I'm getting older, too
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Seven Years Old

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I wrote a song called "Spring's Training" which seems to usually get a laugh and a nod from audiences. One of the verses goes

Everyday I force myself to walk

I'm drinking protein shakes like a jock

Bulking up around my wastelIne

Oh the jowls on this jawline

Why won't that spring spell work on me

Spring's training

I'm complaining

I'm being cut from the team

It would seem

Eddy Delbridge

 

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Thank you
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When I am old and gray Nellie

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