"Hey nineteen/ No, we got nothing in common/ No, we can't talk at all." Tom Lehrer, " When You Are Old and Gray""Your teeth will start to go, dear/ Your waist will start to spread/ In 20 years or so, dear/ I'll wish that you were dead." The evilest old-age song ever written. Willie Nelson, " September Song"On second thought: Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's dark, glorious "September Song" is pop's definitive statement on aging.
Here, Willie Nelson summons the full force of his taciturn ballad-singing genius, bearing down beautifully on the key line: "September, November …" Frank Sinatra, " The September of My Years"No singer aged with more dignity than Frank Sinatra, who in the 1960s and '70s transformed himself from roguish boulevardier to Lion in Winter—with a little help from his favorite songwriters, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
I was having dinner with some of my army pals the other night, and unlike my other friends, they’re actually my age or older than me (my other friends tend to be much younger than me).
Anyway, being more mature folks, we started talking about Paul Anka (the singer, not Lorelai’s dog), and specifically his song Diana.
"Hope I die before I get old," sang 21-year-old Roger Daltrey in 1965—and 43 years later, he's still singing it.
Rock 'n' roll has always been invested in a Byronic cult of blazing youth and beautiful corpses.
While they will create careers, they also want to eventually create a family.
On the other hand, young adult men are more focused on the need for significance.
Hoagy Carmichael, " Rockin' Chair"Carmichael's great 1932 ballad—sung here by the songwriter himself some 24 years later—makes curmudgeonly codgerdom sound like an idyll.
"Old rockin' chair's got me/ Cane by my side/ Fetch me that gin, son/ 'Fore I tan your hide." Nas, " Can't Forget About You"Or, "Rockin' Chair," the rap version: "There comes a day in your life when you wanna kick back/ Straw hat on the porch when you old perhaps/ Wanna gather your thoughts, have a cold one/ Brag to your grandkids about how life is golden." (I Will Survive)" In 2003, the late queen of salsa overhauled Gloria Gaynor's classic disco breakup anthem, turning it into an Ode on the Immortality of Celia Cruz.
Fats Waller, "Old Grand Dad" The greatest novelty-song singer of all time reflects on the hazards of sharing a house with a grumpy old man.