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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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All By Myself: Eric Carmen   (He took youth for granted; now learning that being  old and alone ain’t so great)

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Older - They Might Be Giants 

 

You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older
And now you're even older
And now you're even older.
You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older,
And now you're older still.
Time!... is marching on,
And time... is still marching on.
This day will soon be at an end
And now it's even sooner
And now it's even sooner
And now it's even sooner
This day will soon be at an end
And now it's even sooner
And now it's sooner still.
You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older
And now you're even older
And now you're even older.
You're older than you've ever been
And now you're even older,
And now you're older still.
 
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Amanda,  first by Don Williams and then taken home by Waylon Jennings is all about growing older.  The song is so simple and elegant that many have trouble holding back tear.   

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I have to give kudos to the writer of the song Amanda:  It was Bob McDill in 1973.    

 

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"Old Grand Dad" by Fats Waller.

 

Sweet Dreams Rock & Rollers, heading to get some 😴. Happy 🦃 Day everyone! Nicole 🙂

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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

Silver Conversationalist

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

Silver Conversationalist

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

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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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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