Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Old Man Songs

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What kind of an old man or woman do you want to be?

That might not be a question you’ve ever asked yourself, but it’s an important one. Granted, none of us know for certain what the future holds, but if we know our goals we have a better chance of meeting them. Don’t want to be a sickly old man? Lay off the cigarettes and keep your ass moving. Want to have relationships with your adult kids and grandkids? Don’t be a jerk. Concerned about being a broke old lady? Get that 401(k) or IRA started as soon as you can.

“Hope I die before I get old” and “It’s better to burn out and fade away” might be romantic rock and roll notions but chances are you’re going to be old someday, so give a little thought to what kind of an old guy you want to be. The answer just might change your life, or at the least get you flossing regularly.

Anyway, old man songs:


“Old Man Going,” The Pretty Things.

“I’m An Old, Old Man (Tryin’ To Live While I Can),” Lefty Frizzell.

“Mean Old Man,” Joan Armatrading.

“Into the Old Man’s Shoes,” Elton John.

“Old Man Kensey,” R.E.M.

“The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime),”¬†Scott Walker.

“Old Man Blues,” Alfa 9.

“Old Man Willis,” Tony Joe White.

There you have it: Eight songs for when you’re taking a look at your life. What did I miss? I’m listening.



4 replies »

  1. “The Old Man Down the Road” – John Fogerty
    “Don’t Let the Old Man In” – Toby Keith
    “Old Man from the Mountain” – Merle Haggard
    “My Old Man” – John Denver
    “Sending the Old Man Home” – Jimmy Buffett
    “Old Man” – Neil Young
    “This Old Man” – Styx
    “Old Man on the Farm” – Randy Newman
    “Mean Old Man” – James Taylor
    “Old Man Took” – America

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