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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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Sugacity (Today is the First Day) (John Denver)

 

"To grow old is to change, and to change is to be new.
To be new is to be young again"

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Running on Empty (Jackson Browne)

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Old Folks Boggie by Little Feat "You know you are over the hill when your mind makes a promise your body can't fill"

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Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town (Pearl Jam)

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It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.
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Sugar Mountain (Neil Young)

 

"You can't be 20 on Sugar Mountain"

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Mama Sang A Song: Bill Anderson; Stan Kenton, others.

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On Saturday Afternoons in 1963 (Rickie Lee Jones)

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Baby Hold On (Dixie Chicks)

 

"Hey, it might never be the same
We might never live those days gone by
But we can try"

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A Little Soon to Say (Jackson Browne):

 

"I didn't find much wisdom
When time was on my side
Too little information
Too much time to decide
I took a couple of wrong turns
It only takes you one
To send you down a lifetime
Of wondering what you might have done"
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Yesterday's Memories - the Voices Of Doo Wop

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Pizza Pie: Norman Fox & The Rob Roys (His entire life, from dating to marrying to having children to making his funeral arrangements, has been chronicled and defined by his love of pizza. Probably a Sicilian).

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Old Folks (John Denver)

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In My Younger Days - the Monarchs

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50,000 (Sting)

 

"These lines of stress, one bloodshot eye
The unhealthy pallor of a troubled ghost
Where did I put my spectacle case?
I'm half blind and as deaf as any post"

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Yesterday's Memories - the Mellows

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First Episode at Heinton (Elton John):  

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1985 (Bowling for Soup):

 

"Her dreams went out the door
When she turned twenty four"

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More of a folk singer, but Mike Cross has a song called Rock 'N Rye. It's about sitting in front of a fire & drinking a toast to the past, reflecting on people, places & past actions and hoping that the memories make you a better person today.  Mike Cross was a part of my teenage & early college years - fabulous story teller who could make you laugh, think and cry all in the same performance.

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Veronica (Elvis Costello)

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Hello Old Friend:  Eric Clapton

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Too Old To Rock n Roll, Too Young To Die:  Jethro Tull

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I tried to find video but none...

 

  • "When I'm 64"  - credited to Sir Paul McCartney

 

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Phil Harris, actor and showman, to John Fogerty of CCR: “If I’d known I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
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This one might not be thought of as about getting older, but it is.

Puff The Magic Dragon -- Peter, Paul & Mary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z15pxWUXvLY

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Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7sTHoeH0eA

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"Tower of Song" (Leonard Cohen):

 

Well, my friends are gone and my hair is grey
I ache in the places where I used to play

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The Monkees "Shades of Gray"

 

"When the world and I were young
Just yesterday
Life was such a simple game
A child could play"

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We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: The Animals (see my daddy in bed he’s dyin’, see his hair been turning grey, he’s been working and slaving his life away).

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When I Was Older. Billie Eilish

 

 

@1968Hoya46 wrote:

We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: The Animals (see my daddy in bed he’s dyin’, see his hair been turning grey, he’s been working and slaving his life away).


 

Life's a Journey, not a Destination" Aerosmith
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