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    favorite/best songs about aging
    so, i'm sitting here, and listening to the logical song by supertramp and thinking about just how wonderfully written this song is. it's affected me since i first heard it in the 70s and holds more and more meaning every year i'm alive.

    When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
    a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
    And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
    joyfully, playfully watching me.
    But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
    logical, responsible, practical.
    And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
    clinical, intellectual, cynical.

    There are times when all the world's asleep,
    the questions run too deep
    for such a simple man.
    Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
    I know it sounds absurd
    but please tell me who I am.

    Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
    liberal, fanatical, criminal.
    Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
    acceptable, respecable, presentable, a vegtable!

    At night, when all the world's asleep,
    the questions run so deep
    for such a simple man.
    Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
    I know it sounds absurd
    but please tell me who I am.

    it made me think of another song that hits even more directly, to me at least, the ascent of stan by Ben Folds...

    Pangs of silence
    From the room upstairs
    How’s the view there?
    Do you read what they’re saying about you?
    That you’re no fun
    Since the war was won
    In fact, you have become all of the things you’ve always run away from

    The ascent of Stan
    Textbook hippie man
    Get rest while you can

    So where’d the years go?
    All the time we had?
    Being poor was not such a drag in hindsight
    And you wonder why your father was so resigned
    Now you don’t wonder any more

    The ascent of Stan
    Textbook hippie man
    Textbook hippie man
    Get rest while you can

    Stan: Once you wanted revolution
    Stan: Now you’re the institution
    Stan: How’s it feel to be the man?
    It’s no fun to be the man

    And now, watch it all go down

    The ascent of Stan
    Textbook hippie man
    (Stan)
    Textbook hippie man
    Get rest while you can

    Stan: Once you wanted revolution
    Stan: Now you’re the institution
    Stan: How’s it feel to be the man?

    It’s no fun to be the man

    i'm definitely a nostalgic person, and a kid at heart, at once comfortable and at odds with aging, so i think about how profound the process of aging is, and music like this can defintely stir up emotions and cause me to reflect on my own age and place in my life.

    what songs make you consider your own age, or the process of getting older, or make you feel nostalgic about the past?
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    Pink Floyd • Time
    Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
    You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
    Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
    Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

    Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
    You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
    And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
    No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

    And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
    And racing around to come up behind you again
    The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

    Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
    Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the english way
    The time is gone, the song is over, thought Id something more to say

    Home, home again
    I like to be here when I can
    And when I come home cold and tired
    Its good to warm my bones beside the fire
    Far away across the field
    The tolling of the iron bell
    Calls the faithful to their knees
    To hear the softly spoken magic spells.
    Neil Young • Old Man
    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.
    those are the two that come right to mind... Time being more and more poignant these days.
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    good ones.

    cats in the cradle always gets me. reminds me of father and son by cat stevens.
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    Happy Birthday - Weird Al

    This is one of my favorite getting older songs.
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