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Initial post: Jun 7, 2010 9:52:15 PM PDT
Here's one for the Boomers, and I am one.
There have been some terrific songs written about aging, most with tonge firmly planted in cheek. Here's a couple that come to mind.

I'm am adult now - TPOH (The Pursuit of Happiness)
What I used to do all night (Now takes me all night to do) - Reverend Billy C. Witz.
Model Citizen - Warren Zevon.

Do you have any your really like.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 9:58:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2010 10:00:44 PM PDT
J.Espresso says:
Two Al Stewart tunes come to mind.
- Old Admirals (From the "Past, Present & Future" album).
- Katherine of Oregon (from the "A Beach Full of Shells" album).

These are not tongue in cheek.They are reflective and a bit contemplative, in the former a bit sad and wistful, in the second, more reminiscent. Both are absolute gems of songwriting mastery.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2010 10:01:50 PM PDT
Iceblossom says:
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. The Dixie Chicks change the lyrics slightly and make it less wistful.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 10:30:54 PM PDT
"When I'm Sixty-Four" by The Beatles
"Mother's Little Helper" by The Rolling Stones
"September Song" by Walter Huston (among others)
"Old Friends" by Simon & Garfunkel
"This Is All I Ask" by Nilsson (among others)
"Grow Old With Me" by John Lennon

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 12:19:05 AM PDT
Suze says:
"Mrs. Robinson" - Simon & Garfunkel (about an older woman and well you know)...

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 12:23:08 AM PDT
Alt9999 says:
"Growin Up" - Bruce

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" - Beach Boys

"Middle of The Road" - Pretenders

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 1:25:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2010 8:51:08 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Time ~Pink Floyd

Too Old To Rock & Roll, Too Young To Die ~Jethro Tull

Old & Wise ~Alan Parsons Project

Hey Nineteen ~Steely Dan

Touch of Grey ~Grateful Dead

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 1:43:51 AM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
"Good time Charlie's got the blues" DannyO'Keefe

"Shackles & chains" ArloGuthrie

"Lonesome whistle" HankWilliams

"Hello in there" JohnPrine

"Not dark yet" BobDylan

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 2:02:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2010 2:08:52 AM PDT
doodah man says:
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine ~Jimmie Rodgers

Forever Young ~Bob

Golden Years ~Bowie ("Young At Heart" group doing this is funneeeee)

Father and Son ~Cat Stevens

Good one on "Hello In There" 7&7 IS
Demoss listed "This Is All I Ask", good one.."Beautiful girls, walk a little slower___ when you walk__ by me"

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 6:09:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2010 6:14:50 AM PDT
jblyn says:
Duncan Browne - "The Ghost Walks"
Richard Thompson - "Strange Affair"
Frank Sinatra - "September Of My Years"
just about everybody - "September Song"

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 6:18:45 AM PDT
dtm says:
"Done Got Old" - Buddy Guy

He coulda fooled me though, he still plays like he's in his teens!

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 6:21:54 AM PDT
Fred says:
Middle of the Road - The Pretenders

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010 7:02:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 8, 2010 7:03:31 AM PDT
Brass Neck says:
Old Folks Boogie - Little Feat (When your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill)
Old Man - Neil Young
Old Fart At Play - Captain Beefheart
Old Age Pension Check - Roy Acuff
Ooh La La - Faces (Poor old Grandad, I laughed at all his words ....)
Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
Too Old to Cut the Mustard - Buck Owens

But on a cheerier note -
I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (than A Young Man's Fool) - Candi Staton

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 7:09:10 AM PDT
DPask says:
Done Got Old - Junior Kimbrough

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 7:28:21 AM PDT
C. Kimbrough says:
Old Man and Me-Hootie and the Blowfish

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 7:32:47 AM PDT
Randy says:
Ben Colder: "I Don't Look Good Naked Anymore"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010 7:33:55 AM PDT
Randy says:
John Prine: "Angel From Montgomery"

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010 7:41:06 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
Hi J. Espresso,

Also Al Stewart's "Time Passages".

Two others that come to mind for me are "Time" by The Alan Parsons Project and "100 Years" by Five For Fighting.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 8:05:48 AM PDT
Randy says:
Toby Keith: "I'm Not As Good As I Once Was"

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 8:54:25 AM PDT
crater face says:
can't do sixty no more- the dominos

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 9:30:26 AM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
"Pancho & Lefty"~Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
"When I Was Young"~Eric Burdon & Animals
"Thing's I Used To Do"~Johnny Winter
"You've Been A Good Ol'Wagon"~Bessie Smith
"Oh,Grandpa"~Cab Calloway
"Time Was"~Chuck Berry
"Old Man"~Love
"Hey,Grandma"~Moby Grape
"Years Ago"~Alice Cooper
"Turn the Page"~Bob Seger
"Old Man Down the Road"~John Fogerty

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 9:37:45 AM PDT
ED S. says:
This post is depressing....but there is a slow depressing 'age' song that freaked me out when it was played on the radio when I was in high school. It was played along with the Rolling Stones and Yardbirds on rock radio.

"It was A Very Good Year"-Frank Sinatra

When I was seventeen
It was a very good year
It was a very good year for small town girls
And soft summer nights
We'd hide from the lights
On the village green
When I was seventeen"

It goes on though the years and ends.....

"But now the days grow short
I'm in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
From fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
And it poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year"

I think i am going to kill myself.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010 9:42:20 AM PDT
J. Coco says:
ED S.,

I was thinking of posting "It Was A Very Good Year" as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010 9:58:30 AM PDT
Middle (R)age - Ed Gein's Car
Heartbeat - Wire
Hardly Getting Over It - Husker Du
After The Rock And Roll Has Gone - The Alarm
Private Hell - The Jam

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 10:33:31 AM PDT
These songs are not specifically about growing older but they do reflect lessons learned over time. And for the most part they are not depressing.
Reflecting Pool - Bob Mould
Two of Us - The Beatles
The Heart of the Matter - Don Henley
Distant Sun - Crowded House
Sky Blue and Black - Jackson Browne
Chalkhills and Children - XTC
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