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Thread #32243   Message #1727007,1727007
Posted By: bobad
25-Apr-06 - 11:40 AM
Thread Name: Songs about retirement / for a retirement party
Subject: Lyr Add: SHADY ACRES (Janis Ian)
Not exactly a retirement song rather a wry commentary on the retirement industry and on our society's attitude towards the aged, written by Janis Ian at the tender age of seventeen. She attempted to sing it on "The Joey Bishop Show" on live television and the censors tried to shut her down while on the air, but Bishop refused to let them stop her, and she was able to finish the song.

SHADY ACRES

So you've grown tired of your parents always hanging around
Now they spoil your children and having grandparents is out
Yes, and they raised you well but you wish to hell
That they'd go away so you wouldn't have to pay for their food,
Forget all the years when they paid for you.

Chorus
Send your mother to Shady Acres, send your father to Shady Acres,
We'll take good care of them, you won't be aware of them,
Send them to Shady Acres.

Well if one of them's dead, don't worry your head, 'cause we have a matchmaker
They can sit down and kvetch on the rest home steps while watching Green Acres
Yes, if you don't want to visit, well there's no requisite
We have foster sons and daughters to help all our boarders to stop feeling blue
Keep the checks coming and we won't bother you.

Chorus

Yes, our home's so peaceful, they die while they're sleeping, yes, right in their beds
Now there's no need for worry, we have our own mortuary and a beautiful cemetery
Yes, we are good people, we care for the feeble
We've devoted our lives to the husbands and wives
Who don't want their fathers around to be bothers
So send 'em, we're respectable, and tax deductible.

Final Chorus
Send your mother to Shady Acres, send your father to Shady Acres,
We'll take good care of them because we love them,
Send them to Shady Acres.