Songs about Old Folks

  1. "Well, my friends are gone
    And my head is gray.
    I ache in the places
    Where I use to play."

    Words from Leonard Cohen's classic "Tower of Song" to which I can identify.

    Do you have any, you Fab 50's & > / Baby Boomers?

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  3. by   TopazLover
    Now that I am closing in on the title "When I'm 64" it brings a smile to think about the times when I heard it first. Not the actual first time, the era of that time. It seemed like way far away to get to be 64. Actually I figured I would die in an auto accident before then.
  4. by   Wild Irish LPN
    Paul McCartney and Wings had a really nice, sentimental song about growing old....he wrote it for Linda, "Lonely Old People" is the title....I think....give it a listen....
  5. by   herring_RN
    My Get-Up-And-Go Has Got Up and Went

    Old age is golden, or so I've heard said,
    But sometimes I wonder, as I crawl into bed,
    With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
    My eyes on the table until I wake up.
    As sleep dims my vision, I say to myself:
    Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf?
    But, though nations are warring, and Congress is vexed,
    We'll still stick around to see what happens next!

    How do I know my youth is all spent?
    My get-up-and-go has got up and went!
    But, in spite of it all, I'm able to grin
    And think of the places my getup has been!

    When I was young, my slippers were red;
    I could kick up my heels right over my head.
    When I was older my slippers were blue,
    But still I could dance the whole night through.
    Now I am older, my slippers are black.
    I huff to the store and puff my way back.
    But never you laugh; I don't mind at all:
    I'd rather be huffing than not puff at all!

    I get up each morning and dust off my wits,
    Open the paper, and read the Obits.
    If I'm not there, I know I'm not dead,
    So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed!

    Pete Seeger - Get Up And Go - YouTube
  6. by   VivaLasViejas
    "Where've You Been" by Kathy Mattea. Makes me cry every time I listen to it, it's so sad but also sweet.
    Last edit by VivaLasViejas on Apr 15, '12 : Reason: typo
  7. by   mediajunkie650
    I'm only one month away from 64 so the Beatles, When I'm 64, really hits close to home.

    I've always liked this Little Feat song, Old Folks Boogie - cracks me up every time I hear it. Some of the words are hard to understand, so I've posted the lyrics below the video.

    Off our rockers, actin' crazy
    And with the right medication we won't be lazy
    Old folks boogie
    Down on the farm
    Wheelchairs, they were locked arm in arm
    Paired off pacemakers with matchin' alarms
    Gives us jus' one more chance
    To spin one more yarn

    And you know that you're over the hill
    When your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill
    Old folks boogie
    And boogie we will
    'Cause to us the thought's as good as a thrill

    Back at the home,
    No time is your own,
    Facilities there, well they're all out on loan
    The bank foreclose, and your bankruptcy shows
    And your credit creeps to an all-time low
    So you know, that you're over the hill
    When your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill

    Try and get a rise from an atrophied muscle,
    And the nerves in your thigh just quivers and fizzles
    So you know, that you're over the hill
    When your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill
  8. by   amoLucia
    there's a not too old country song that sings "everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go now". I think this sentiment fits in here somewhere.
  9. by   Davey Do
    Quote from aknottedyarn
    It seemed like way far away to get to be 64. Actually I figured I would die in an auto accident before then.
    Well, for One, I'm sure glad you didn't die in an auto accident, AKY. But I have to say that I know lots of People who have driven both to and on Rte. 64 and have lived to Tell the Tale.

    Just keep it between the lines, okay?
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    A relatively little-known song by Madonna, which was played at the end of the movie "A League of Their Own":

    This used to be my playground,
    This used to be my childhood dream,
    This used to be the place I ran to
    whenever I was in need of a friend,
    why did it have to end?
    And why do they always say,
    "life is short"?
    And before you know, you're feeling old
    Say good-bye to yesterday,
    Those are words I'll never say.
  11. by   nursel56
    The only songs I know about old folks are nostalgic and make me want to cry like I Remember It Well from Gigi, Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof and Old Friends/Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel.

    I came across this years ago. It's a fabulous 50s take on the brother/sister relationship. There aren't that many songs around about brothers and sisters that I've found. I have a brother 14 months younger so it really got to me. It's the first song in the video.

    There are pictures on the piano,
    Pictures of the family,
    Mostly my kids but there's an old
    Picture of you and me.
    You were five and I was six
    In 1952;
    That was forty years ago,
    How could it be true?

    We were sitting outside drawing
    At a table meant for cards,
    And it must have been in autumn,
    Falling leaves in the front yard,
    With a shoebox full of crayons,
    Full of colors oh so bright,
    In a picture in a plastic frame,
    A snapshot black and white.

    You were looking at my paper,
    Watching what I drew;
    It was natural: I was older,
    Thirteen months more than you.
    A brother and a sister,
    A little boy and girl,
    And whoever took that picture
    Captured our own world.

    A brother needs a sister
    To watch what he can do,
    To protect and to torture,
    To boss around, it's true;
    But a brother will defend her
    For a sister's love is pure,
    Because she thinks he's wonderful
    When he is not so sure.

    In the picture there's a fender
    Of our old Chevrolet
    Or Pontiac - our dad would know,
    Surely he could say;
    But dad is dead and we grow old;
    It's true that time flies by;
    And in forty years the world has changed
    As well as you and I.
  12. by   merlee
    nursel56 - - that was beautiful. My bro was 4 yrs older than I, and I worshipped him for many years. He died almost 5 years ago, and I am older than he ever got to be. So sad, I still am heartbroken that he never got to walk his beautiful daughter down the aisle last year.

    And I get by with a little help from my friends!!!
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  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Ahhh......Sunrise, Sunset. I've always loved the song but didn't know what that was all about until my first child got married. Now I can't hear this haunting melody without feeling it all the way down deep in my soul:

    Is this the little girl I carried?
    Is this the little boy at play?
    I don't remember growing older,
    when did they?

    When did she get to be a beauty?
    When did he grow to be so tall?
    Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?

    And then there's Alan Jackson's Remember When:

    Remember when
    thirty seemed so old,
    Now looking back
    it was just a stepping stone
    To where we are, to where we've been,
    Said we'd do it all again
    and we'll remember when