THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IS ALMOST OVER
As recorded by Steve Goodman on "Say It In Private" (1999)
Back in 1899,
When everybody sang "Auld Lang Syne,"
A hundred years took a long, long time
For every boy and girl,
And now there's only one thing that I'd like to know:
Where did the twentieth century go?
I'd swear it was here just a minute ago,
All over this world. And now—
CHORUS: The twentieth century is almost over,
Almost over, almost over.
The twentieth century is almost over, all over this world,
All over this world, all over this world.
The twentieth century is almost over, all over this world.
Does anyone remember the Great Depression?
I read all about it in True Confession.
I'm sorry I was late for the recording session,
But somebody put me on hold.
Has anybody seen my linoleum floors,
Petroleum jelly, and two world wars?
They got stuck in the revolvin' doors
All over this world. And now—CHORUS
The winter's gettin' colder, summer's gettin' hotter,
Wishin' well's wishin' for another drop o' water,
An' Mother Earth's blushin' 'cause somebody caught her
Makin' love to the Man in the Moon.
Tell me how you gonna keep 'em down on the farm
Now that outer space has lost its charm?
Somebody set off a burglar alarm
And not a moment too soon. Because—CHORUS
Old Father Time has got his toes a-tappin',
Standin' in the window, grumblin' and a-rappin'.
Everybody's waitin' for somethin' to happen.
Tell me if it happens to you.
The Judgment Day is gettin' nearer.
There it is in the rear view mirror.
If you duck down, I could see a little clearer,
All over this world! And now—CHORUS