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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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another not obvious one, Big Pig; I Can't Break Away

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

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It might not be obvious at first; but this really is about getting older. Also, it exemplifies the difference between intentional distortion (fuzz guitar) and unintentional distortion (lack of clarity) in music. This song has subtle nuanced sound effects that can't be appreciated with unintentional distortion (playback or recorded). It requires High Fidelity/clarity/quality sound reproduction to discern the difference between non-musical sounds and noise. It's a very good song.

Jefferson Airplane; Lather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVstafKZDYY

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👴👵A Touch of Grey - The Grateful Dead.

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👴👵When I'm 64 - The Beatles.

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Eric Burdon & The Animals; When I Was Young

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur30bn_3G58

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Jim Croce; Photographs & Memories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSJgWLSb0R0

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Marmalade; Reflections Of My Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTeI65yrhGw

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W.O.L.D. :  Harry Chapin

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Wasted on the Way - CSN

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Phantom of the Paradise - Jessica Harper Old Souls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4efmfbF_7Do

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Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel

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Hey, Nineteen  - Steely Dan

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John Fogerty - The Old Man Down the Road

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cwS_db9DtY

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I Need Never Get Old:  Nathaniel Rateliff

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Eric Burdon & The Animals - When I Was Young (1967)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur30bn_3G58

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Calico skies   Sir Paul McCartney

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Life's Like A River  -  Scorpions

 

As years are passing by
Silence becomes your friend
You see the world in a different way
Don't be afraid of getting old
Life's still full of joy
And the beauty of the past is rejoicing your mind
When days are getting short
And winter comes along
Your life slows down and down
Like a river is getting wide
The worlds have lost their voice
You remember your morning flowing to the endless sea

Life's like a river in the mountain

Life's like a sea without end

 

Songwriters: Corina Fortmann, Rudolf Schenker, Uli John Roth

 

"Rock 'n' roll might not solve your problems, but it does let you dance all over them." Pete Townshend
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Friends, 1971, Sir Elton. His third US hit. A

poignant take on friendship and growing up.

Always one of my favs of his 🎼💜

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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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