I’ve been collecting songs about getting old for a while now. Some by young or youngish songwriters, some by old songwriters. And they are worlds apart.
Strangely, most of them are written and performed by people who are far from old. Those tend to bewail the onset of grey hair and aches and pains or to hope that love endures into old age. “When I’m 64” is a very jolly example of this genre. It’s adorable, but it shows a deeply different view of old age than that of an insider.
I love “Getting Older” by Billie Eilish, which straddles the gap between the young view of old and the old view of old. Very poignant, it is about much more than the title suggests.
Willie Nelson is quite another kettle of fish: he is 89 years old so when he sings about old age, he knows whereof he sings. His 2022 album, A Beautiful Time, includes Dusty Bottles, about the upside of old age.
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Finally a hot favourite of mine: Still Not Dead, also by Willie Nelson. Now that’s what I call keeping it simple! It’s the reason why old people are happy to be old: we’re still not dead.Follow Write Into Life