Thursday, May 16, 2013

Old Man

Since I posted a Jonie Mitchell tune yesterday, I was reminded of Neil Young.  They used to hang out together.  I listened to Neil Young's music a lot as a teenager.  I learned this old song and had a pretty clean version of it.  I was so proud that I could play it - but singing it?  That was another thing entirely!  So much of what he sings is in his falsetto.  Mine sounds terrible - so I am content to play it for myself sitting on the back porch so no one will hear but the dog.  No, she doesn't howl when I sing it.

This live version is very cool.  He had only written the song recently so it is nice and fresh.  Even if you know the song, it is worth listening to and watching.



Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.

Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
And there's so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.

Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
That don't get lost.
Like a coin that won't get tossed
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I'm a lot like you
I need someone to love me
The whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
And you can tell that's true.

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn't mean that much to me
To mean that much to you.

I've been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I'm all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I'm a lot like you
I need someone to love me
The whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
And you can tell that's true.

Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were.

1 comment:

Chris Hass said...

That's probably my second favorite line of all time: "Doesn't mean that much to me, to mean that much to you." My first is Jackson Browne's "Don't confront me with my failures, I had not forgotten them."