You Can't Be 20: Old-Person Songs by Young People

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A topic that interests me: relatively young people writing songs that make them sound old long before the fact.

That feeling has been a big part of my own life. When I worked in a record store in the mid-'80s, I was 25; most everyone else was five years younger, and at the time--I realize how ridiculous this is now--five years felt like 20. When I started teacher's college a few years later, I was 30 and most everyone else was in their early 20s. After a few years of supply-teaching, I started full-time at the age of 37. Because I was joining an older staff where a number of teachers were close to retirement, I felt young again for a couple of years, but as soon as they left and were replaced by teachers in their mid-late 20s, I was back to feeling old again. That didn't change for the next 15 years. 40 now seems quite young.

There are so many songs like this. Neil Young's been writing them almost from the start. He was 23 or 24 when he wrote "Sugar Mountain," 26 when he wrote "Old Man" and "Heart of Gold." ("On the Way Home" might count too.) Lots more after that.

"Darling Be Home Soon" ("A quarter of my life is almost past"--John Sebastian, 21)
"These Days" ("I seem to think a lot about the things that I forgot to do"--Jackson Browne was 16 when he wrote that)
"Goin' Back" ("I think I'm returning to all those days when I was young enough to know the truth"--Carole King, 24)
"Who Knows Where the Time Goes" (Sandy Denny, 20)
"In My Life" (John Lennon, 25...not a personal favourite, but obviously it fits)
"The Circle Game" ("We're captive on the carousel of time"--Joni Mitchell, 24; "Both Sides Now" kind of fits too)

I thought of a whole bunch one day a few months ago; of course, I'm forgetting them all now. I'll add some more as I remember.

clemenza, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:03 (two months ago) link

"Landslide"

"Dream On"

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:09 (two months ago) link

"Landslide," yeah: "And I'm getting older too" (Stevie Nicks, not yet 30).

clemenza, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:10 (two months ago) link

"As Tears Go By" (Jagger-Richards-Oldham, 20-20-20)
"Yesterday" (McCartney, 22)
"Young and Innocent Days" (R. Davies, 25)

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:13 (two months ago) link

R.E.M.'s "These Days" is a bit like this too, in a backhanded way: "We are young, despite the years, we are concern, we are hope, despite the times" -- young people (Stipe is 26) singing in the voice of an old person feeling young

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:13 (two months ago) link

26 when he wrote "Old Man"

i thought he was "24 but so much more"?

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:13 (two months ago) link

Always loved Sinead O'Connor's "How could I possibly know what I wanted when I was only twenty-one?" from "The Emperor's New Clothes"--24 being an age of wisdom and calm reflection.

(xpost) He must have written it a couple of years before it showed up on Harvest.

clemenza, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:15 (two months ago) link

Ray Davies had this market cornered.

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:16 (two months ago) link

"And When I Die" (Laura Nyro, 17)

"just bundle up my coffin 'cos it's cold down there, crazy cold way down there"

henry s, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:16 (two months ago) link

"They Are All In Love," the Who / Pete Townshend, who wrote it when he was 29 or 30 (or is that too old for the purposes of this thread?).
"Goodbye all you punks, stay young and stay high. Hand me my checkbook and I'll crawl off to die."

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:16 (two months ago) link

Many XPs

Steven Tyler was about 25 when he sang these pearls:

Every time when I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
And it went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn't that the way?
Everybody's got their dues in life to pay

...

Half my life's in books, written pages
Live and learn from fools and from sages

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:17 (two months ago) link

Richard Thompson stuff like End or the Rainbow and Young Man in an Old Man.

aphoristical, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:17 (two months ago) link

Also, this example isn't as extreme but it now gives me a little chill to think Frank Sinatra sang "Now the days are short/I'm in the autumn of my years" when he was 49, because I'm older than that.

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:19 (two months ago) link

For Townshend, I think of "You're so alive and I'm nearly dead" from "I Can't Reach You" (he would have been 21 or 22).

True! "It Was a Very Good Year" is the definitive looking-back song, and he was still a lot younger than he sounds.

clemenza, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:21 (two months ago) link

Lee Hazlewood wrote "My Autumn's Done Come" when he was 37.

henry s, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:22 (two months ago) link

Janis Ian's "At Seventeen" may not necessarily be an old person's song but given its wistful quality one would think the singer is older than 24

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:24 (two months ago) link

Alice Cooper was a very old 18.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:25 (two months ago) link

I know The Corporation wrote it but "I Want You Back" comes to mind given that MJ was only 11 when he was delivering those lines

Indexed, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:25 (two months ago) link

...or MJ doing "Who's Loving You" on the flip!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:27 (two months ago) link

xp I do not recall lines forming on my face and hands at 18. That was more of a 26 kind of thing.

henry s, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:27 (two months ago) link

Diana Ross singing "Reflections" at 23.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:29 (two months ago) link

Paul Anka wrote the lyrics to "My Way" at age 27. If you say, well, he wrote it for Sinatra - Sinatra was only 53.

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:39 (two months ago) link

Van Morrison at 22-23 writing Astral Weeks, Slim Slow Slider, and Madame George

that's not my post, Monday, 27 September 2021 15:49 (two months ago) link

Bob Mould - Compositions for the Young and Old (mid-late 20s), These Important Years, Hardly Getting Over It (mid 20s). Probably a bunch more, he was always kind of an old fart.

a down-on-his-luck gastromancer enters (Matt #2), Monday, 27 September 2021 15:55 (two months ago) link

I'm wondering if this tendency (among boomers) was a sort of second-guessing of "never trust anyone over 30," or an attempt to forestall the criticism? I'm thinking that a later '80s/new wave sensibility can only regard aging with horror (several Cure songs do this, though "In Between Days" is the only example that comes to mind).

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Monday, 27 September 2021 16:09 (two months ago) link

The Church's "Almost With You", penned by a 27 year-old:

See the dust that fills your sleep
Does it always feel this chill, near the end?

Vast Halo, Monday, 27 September 2021 16:26 (two months ago) link

'But I remember, when we were young..." - 21-year-old Ian Curtis

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 27 September 2021 16:32 (two months ago) link

I'm wondering if this tendency (among boomers) was a sort of second-guessing of "never trust anyone over 30," or an attempt to forestall the criticism?

Could be. Most all of the songs I named date to the mid-late '60s; I'm guessing there was just so much happening so fast, a lot of these people felt prematurely old.

Dylan, as always, goes his own way: "I was so much older then..."

clemenza, Monday, 27 September 2021 16:34 (two months ago) link

suspect the source of this tendency in the 60s was more to do with the singer/songwriters imitating 20s/30s/40s blues musicians, who also wrote old-person songs when in their twenties.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 27 September 2021 16:41 (two months ago) link

"Both Sides Now" reads to me as an older person's song, but it was released when Joni Mitchell was 25.

mike t-diva, Monday, 27 September 2021 17:09 (two months ago) link

"Lather" by Jefferson Airplane, "Where Did My Spring Go?" by the Kinks, "Pushing Thirty" by Peter Hammill, "Remember a Day" (and maybe "See Saw") by Pink Floyd, all by writers in their 20s; but the Hammill song at least is not nostalgic but defiant about aging, so maybe not thematically in the same area?

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 27 September 2021 17:21 (two months ago) link

Katie Melua's "The Closest Thing to Crazy" used to make me roll my eyes a lot:

"This is the closest thing to crazy
I have ever been
Feeling twenty-two, acting seventeen"

but today I learned it's actually a Mike Batt song lol ffs

look on my guacs, ye mighty, and dis pear (Noodle Vague), Monday, 27 September 2021 17:32 (two months ago) link

kanye: "we wasn't supposed to make it past 25, joke's on you we're still alive"

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Monday, 27 September 2021 17:44 (two months ago) link

Jacques Brel wrote “Le Moribond” (source of “Seasons in the Sun”) when he was 31 or 32.

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 17:48 (two months ago) link

I think he wrote quite a few old geezer songs but they're character songs so I'm not sure they count?

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Monday, 27 September 2021 17:54 (two months ago) link

Mostly character songs tbf.

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Monday, 27 September 2021 17:56 (two months ago) link

Fair. Hard to draw that line sometimes though.

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 17:57 (two months ago) link

I mean you’re probably right that Jacques Brel didn’t believe he was dying

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 17:58 (two months ago) link

this whole thing kinda reminds me of those Twitter threads of people in the 50's and 60's who looked like old men in their early thirties, people just seemed to age faster back then

frogbs, Monday, 27 September 2021 18:30 (two months ago) link

They did, they were mostly dead before they were 70.

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Monday, 27 September 2021 18:32 (two months ago) link

Yeah, I'd count a song where someone's in character as something separate. On a similar note, "Reflections" as a song certainly fits, but having been written by someone other than the singer, that, in my mind, is separate too.

I mentioned "Both Sides Now" too as a possibility: not specifically about feeling old, but it has an old-person's elegiac voice.

clemenza, Monday, 27 September 2021 19:45 (two months ago) link

All songs are written in character to some degree but that's a whole other discussion

Josefa, Monday, 27 September 2021 20:02 (two months ago) link

"Memories of a Rock n' Rolla" by Traffic and "Old Wild Men" by 10cc, both from the point of view of aging musicians.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 27 September 2021 20:26 (two months ago) link

"What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes

25 years and my life is still
Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

"Hold On" by Alabama Shakes

Bless my heart
Bless my soul
Didn't think I'd make it to 22 years old

Simon & Garfunkel "Old Friends."

Can you imagine us
Years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange
To be seventy

And of course "When I'm Sixty-Four"

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 27 September 2021 20:48 (two months ago) link

John Prine "Hello in There" and "Angel from Montgomery" both from the perspective of explicitly elderly folk.

They're both great songs, but I always found parts of the former a little awkwardly presumptuous in their pity

"Old people just grow lonesome, waiting for someone to say, 'hello in there'"

"So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say, 'Hello in there, hello'"

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 27 September 2021 20:55 (two months ago) link

(he was 25 when the album came out)

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 27 September 2021 20:55 (two months ago) link

Kind of interesting that R.E.M. covered "Hello in There," and also wrote "Try Not to Breathe" (a "character song" from the perspective of an elderly person).

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 27 September 2021 20:57 (two months ago) link

michael stipe definitely an old soul

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 27 September 2021 20:58 (two months ago) link

Also some overlap there w/scene-mates 10,000 Maniacs – Natalie Merchant was obv very interested in older people, personal histories from the early 20th Century, etc. The "Trouble Me" video even features her helping out an elderly lady, IIRC

juristic person (morrisp), Monday, 27 September 2021 21:01 (two months ago) link

This one's not about the lyrics, but about the way it's sung: the guy who sings "The Letter" sounds about 30 years older than the guy who sings "September Gurls"

Lee626, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:14 (two months ago) link

Not that hearing aids are necessarily an olds thing, but Morrissey was sporting one from the early Smiths days, for many reasons I am sure but none to do with actual hearing loss.

henry s, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:15 (two months ago) link

The reason was Johnny Ray.

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Monday, 27 September 2021 21:17 (two months ago) link

xp I see what you mean about those those John Prine lines, but I'm ok with them because they're written from the pov of a specific person who's lonely in old age.

I think Springsteen's Thunder Road also belongs here, for "you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore" and also "I know it's late, we can make it if we run."

Lily Dale, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:19 (two months ago) link

Springsteen feels a little different to me because so many of the songs have the message/tone that even if you are 18, 20, 25 or whatever, your best days and youthful optimism are already behind you for circumstantial reasons related to your environment, class, means, etc. But Lily Dale you are more of a Springsteen scholar than I!

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:25 (two months ago) link

I think Springsteen is really good at time-stamping and age-stamping all his songs; you can often tell exactly what age everyone is. But I think Thunder Road captures that feeling of having turned 25 or 26 and suddenly realizing that your youth has an expiration date and starting to feel older than you are.

Lily Dale, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:28 (two months ago) link

but yeah I agree that Springsteen often has this feeling of "I shouldn't feel this old at this age" which is a little different

Lily Dale, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:30 (two months ago) link

Feel like John Fogerty must have written one of these.

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Monday, 27 September 2021 21:32 (two months ago) link

xp agree with those thoughts Lily Dale. Another way to put the distinction is that Springsteen is actually convincing about it where some of the examples upthread end up sounding naïve and ironically childish. Like with the Neil Young examples, it's kind of an endearing quirk of Neil's that he always feels like his best days are behind him. Whereas Bruce sells it that for these song characters, their best days actually are behind them

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:35 (two months ago) link

or yeah that it's a deeper more existential feeling anyway

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:36 (two months ago) link

Not sure if the Incredible String Band's "Way Back in the 1960s" qualifies. Robin Williamson was 23 when he wrote it but it's set in the future - in fact he says he's 91 in it, which places it around 2034!

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Monday, 27 September 2021 21:39 (two months ago) link

shook ones

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 27 September 2021 21:45 (two months ago) link

Bob Dylan is an interesting one; he's sort of ageless when he's in his twenties, but then when he hits his mid-fifties, with Time Out of Mind, he seems to fast-forward to old age and stay there.

Lily Dale, Monday, 27 September 2021 21:51 (two months ago) link

Different thing, but I've always loved that Bob Seger released an album called Back in '72 in January 1973.

... (Eazy), Monday, 27 September 2021 22:23 (two months ago) link

Feel like John Fogerty must have written one of these.

I feel like “Lodi” fits, even though there’s no mention of age or aging.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 27 September 2021 22:54 (two months ago) link

adele "when we were young"

dyl, Monday, 27 September 2021 23:26 (two months ago) link

First thing I remember
Was asking Papa, "Why?"
For there were many things I didn't know
And Daddy always smiled
Took me by the hand
Saying, "Someday you'll understand"

Well, I'm here to tell you now
each and every mother's son
You better learn it fast, you better learn it young
'Cause someday never comes

John Fogerty, age 28

... (Eazy), Monday, 27 September 2021 23:26 (two months ago) link

I missed a better thread title, also from "Sugar Mountain": Leavin' There Too Soon.

Rod Stewart's "Gasoline Alley"--Stewart was 25--may belong. And "Help" is another obvious Beatles example ("When I was younger, so much younger than today").

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 00:41 (two months ago) link

MGMT: "Kids" (written in college, IIRC)

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 00:58 (two months ago) link

Pulp: "Help The Aged" (although Cocker was in his mid-30s when he wrote it)

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 01:04 (two months ago) link

The Cure fits this thread. Robert Smith was 22 when "Primary" came out. "Further we go / And older we grow / The more we know / The less we show"

I've also read that much of the <i>Disintegration</i> album was written in response to turning 30.

Ex Slacker, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 02:08 (two months ago) link

Would Taylor Swift's "Fifteen" fit in here, in that she's writing (at 18) in the voice of someone old enough to look back on 15 as the distant past?

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 02:20 (two months ago) link

i feel like songs in this category must get quoted a lot in high school yearbooks.

I Am Fribbulus (Xax) (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:27 (two months ago) link

^^Speaking of..."Truckin'"!

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:31 (two months ago) link

(xpost) I quoted "Cortez the Killer" in mine, and that kind of fits.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:34 (two months ago) link

Kate Bush wrote “wuthering heights” when she was 18. Overall lyrics, music style and the fact that it’s based on a book from 1847 would have made me think Kate Bush was an old lady if I didn’t know better.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:44 (two months ago) link

Jackson C Frank wrote the album “blues run the game” when he was 22 and they don’t sound like the edgy musings of a young adult, he sounds and sings like he’s sincerely as burned out and depressed as idk Johnny Cash in his later years.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:54 (two months ago) link

I always thought he was at least in his 50’s

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:55 (two months ago) link

I’m not sure what timeframe Morrissey had in mind when we wrote, aged 25 or so, about fans moving on from the songs that made them them laugh and cry, but Rubber Ring always struck me as far-sighted.

Alba, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 05:57 (two months ago) link

Lukas Graham "7 Years"

Siegbran, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 06:57 (two months ago) link

The Beach Boys "'Til I Die", by 27 year old Brian Wilson

Lee626, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 09:16 (two months ago) link

The Cure fits this thread. Robert Smith was 22...

Pretty sure he was 18 when he wrote "I want to be old":

I want false teeth
And not be able to chew
I want to be senile
A centenarian fool

I want to have lots of wrinkles
Want my hearing to go

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 10:09 (two months ago) link

(xpost) Wilson was 24 when he wrote "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times"--I don't think he mentions age specifically, but definitely fits the old-before-your-time mood spiritually/emotionally.

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 17:48 (two months ago) link

maybe gram parsons, "return of the grievous angel"? i guess it depends on how you interpret "Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down", but he was still in his early 20s when he wrote that. need factchecking on how many roads GP went down down down before dying

typo hell #5: maybe you get an idea of what went into, or (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:14 (two months ago) link

While you're at it, we want to know precisely how many faces were seen, and subsequently rocked by, Jon Bon Jovi.

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:21 (two months ago) link

Another one Robert Smith wrote when he was 24 or 25 is "Sinking".

I am slowing down
As the years go by
I am sinking

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:26 (two months ago) link

maybe gram parsons, "return of the grievous angel"? i guess it depends on how you interpret "Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down", but he was still in his early 20s when he wrote that. need factchecking on how many roads GP went down down down before dying

Not sure he wrote the lyrics for that song?

Are You Still in Love With Me, Klas-Göran? (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:29 (two months ago) link

oh shoot, is that right? i really don't much at all about his songwriting practices, partners/collaborators, etc, so i'm sure you're right

typo hell #5: maybe you get an idea of what went into, or (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:32 (two months ago) link

don't ^know^ much at all

typo hell #6: i really don't much at all (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:32 (two months ago) link

"Wish that I knew what I know now / when I was younger" - Faces, all 27-28 at the time

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:34 (two months ago) link

That kind of thinking sets in pretty young in a lot of people, doesn't it? I remember regretting the decisions of my school and college years quite soon afterwards.

Alba, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:47 (two months ago) link

tbh quite a lot of stuff in this thread sounds like the words of youth.

Alba, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 18:48 (two months ago) link

I can't remember the band, but I friend saw an early 90s reunion of a first gen hardcore band where the thirtysomething singer hobbled his way on stage with a walker. And when I started my own thirtysomething punk band in the wake of 9/11, we certainly felt oooooold. Double Negative had the right idea to just ignore that shit and rip.

Citole Country (bendy), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 19:01 (two months ago) link

Rush - I Think I'm Going Bald and Lakeside Park, both written by Neil Peart in his early 20s.

a down-on-his-luck gastromancer enters (Matt #2), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 19:39 (two months ago) link

I recall someone saying this about a song by Throwing Muses from the first album because they were only 16 or something, don't remember which song but all that album is stunning

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 19:44 (two months ago) link

Ian Anderson, 29 y.o. when Jethro Tull released to album Too Old to Rock & Roll, Too Young to Die

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 19:48 (two months ago) link

The Tull album is explicitly about the character of Ray Lomas, aging rocker (in the mods vs. rockers sense).

I wonder if there's a distinction between songs where:
- young people feel nostalgic for their childhood (which, for them, is not actually that long before)
- young people empathize with or imagine being "actually" old people

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 20:38 (two months ago) link

I've also read that much of the Disintegration album was written in response to turning 30.

― Ex Slacker, Monday, September 27, 2021 7:08 PM

and bloodflowers upon turning 40. he was seemingly born with bittersweet nostalgia hardwired into his heart.

i think roddy frame from aztec camera and archy marshall from king krule both seem worth a mention here. i can't think of any songs specifically mentioning age because they're both overbearing blowhard poetic types -the type which i can't seem to get enough of- but things like "knife" (the song) and "rock bottom" feel relevant.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Wednesday, 29 September 2021 00:41 (two months ago) link

- young people feel nostalgic for their childhood (which, for them, is not actually that long before)
- young people empathize with or imagine being "actually" old people

The first few songs I listed are a mix of the two, so--without really thinking about it--I guess I had both meanings in mind.

clemenza, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 01:02 (two months ago) link

"Time and time again see I be thinking about that future" - Andre 3000, 19, on the opening line of Outkast's debut album.

The Color and The Shape (Taylor's Version) (Adept), Wednesday, 29 September 2021 11:37 (two months ago) link

Balcony Beach by Latyrx. Lyrics Born was 25 when rapping about how his hair is falling out and new information can be a challenge for him to comprehend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfX62bK1Ufc

peace, man, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 12:20 (two months ago) link

The Cure song "I Want to Be Old" is definitely presented as irony.

Some of these sound like a singer-songwriter trying to inhabit a persona ("Angel from Montgomery"), or empathize with the old (like "Hello in There").

I think the spirit of the original post might be "sounding old before your time."

Another category ("Darling Be Home Soon") might be "people who think they're old but really aren't."

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 29 September 2021 12:58 (two months ago) link

"Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" was recorded by Blind Willie Johnson at the age of 30, but he sounds at least 130

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 29 September 2021 13:01 (two months ago) link

Snail Mail has this vibe, but strong.

yeah but how, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 14:39 (two months ago) link

Balcony Beach by Latyrx. Lyrics Born was 25 when rapping about how his hair is falling out and new information can be a challenge for him to comprehend.

This just came up on a playlist and I immediately thought of this thread. Came here to post this. Great song.

beard papa, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 19:27 (two months ago) link


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