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Subject: Geezer Music
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 12:11 AM

Per this article in Slate - what did they miss, and what should they not have included, y'all?


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Escapee
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 02:17 AM

Harry Nilson's "I'd Rather Be Dead (Than Wet My Bed)" I think it was on "Son of Shmilson"


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 02:21 AM

First off, that column was obviously written by some young whippersnapper, as evidenced by his citing Willie Nelson as the primary artist for "September Song" (from "Nickerbocker Holiday" in the 1930s, with words by Maxwell Anderson and music by Kurt Weill). LOL
(Yeah, I know, he does credit the composers, but I'm just sayin' ... .)
But I'd say the writer hasn't even scratched the surface -- even for relatively contemporary songs.

Here's his list:

Joe Tex, "Buying a Book"
Tom Lehrer, "When You Are Old and Gray"
Willie Nelson, "September Song"
Fats Waller, "Old Grand Dad"

Bill Withers, "Grandma's Hands"

Gene Autry, "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
Will Oakland, "Silver Threads Among the Gold"
Jacques Brel, "Les Vieux"

Elvis Costello, "Veronica"

Pulp, "Help the Aged"

Jay-Z, "30 Something"

Toby Keith, "As Good As I Once Was"
LCD Soundsystem, "Losing My Edge"

Kitty Wells, "A Woman Half My Age"

Steely Dan, "Hey Nineteen"
"
Joe Tex, "Buying a Book"



How about these?

"Hello In There," John Prine
"A Daisy A Day," Jud Strunk
"(When You And I Were Young,) Maggie"
"Old Love"
"Get Up And Go," Pete Seeger
"Maids, When You're Young, Never Wed An Old Man"
"Years From Now," Don Williams
"100 Years," Five For Fighting
"Those Were The Days," Gene Raskin

Lots more


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 02:22 AM


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Peace
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 02:26 AM

"Geezer Music"

O, come all Old Faithful . . . .


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 03:19 AM

"The Dutchman" - Michael Smith


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: topical tom
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 09:21 AM

"All Used Up" by Utah Phillips.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: pdq
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 10:20 AM

Nowadays, anything with a melody is aimed at geezers.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: olddude
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 10:23 AM

I am a geezer and I wear it PROUDLY !!!
Like Spaw with farting, I say stand up and be Proud of your Geezership!!


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Dazbo at work
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 11:20 AM

How can you have a thread about geezer music and not mention Chas and Dave????


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Mark Ross
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 11:27 AM

GOODNIGHT LOVIN TRAIL, Utah Phillips again.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: ClaireBear
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 12:30 PM

"Geritol Gypsy" (Peter Krug)
"Last Night on the Midland" (Stan Rogers)
"Port of Call" (Kieran Halprin)


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: PoppaGator
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 12:33 PM

While not so much about old age as about aging in general, the refrain line of Dylan's "My Back Pages" mades the song a big favorite for fiftieth birthday parties a decade ago, and still applies for 60ths and 65ths:

I was so much older then
I'm younger than than now.

(Many folks know it better as a Byrds song than as Bob's. That's OK; not everyone who has made it to this age was totally hip back when they were kids, but by this time it hardly matters.)

When I started to write this post, I had two songs in mind that I wanted to mention. Now I don't remember the other one. I'm sure you can guess why...


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 12:50 PM

Genie, I would forgive the Slate writer for much, because on the second page (you only listed the first page) the writer listed Charlie Poole's song "Old and Only In the Way" (originally composed 1880) -- even though he credited it to Hazel Dickens.
I would also think "Over the Hill to the Poorhouse" belongs on any list, as does Roy Acuff's "Old Age Pension Check" even though its message seems a little unrealistic these days.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 12:50 PM

Silver in the Stubble
The Good Boy
Boomer Johnson
When You and I Were Young, Maggie


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: ClaireBear
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 01:02 PM

Sorry, Kieran Halpin above, not Halprin.

Also:

"Chanson des Vieux Amants" (Jacques Brel)
"In the Hills of Shiloh" (Shel Silverstein)


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Jim Knowledge
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 01:33 PM

I `ad that Willy Nelson in my cab once.
I said, " I like yer titfer guvnor. Where to then?"
`e said, " Could you drop me off at the Traditions Club please, I`m gonna do some "geezer " music"
I said, "Whatcha got in mind then, something like When You and I Were Young Maggie?"
`e said, " Nah, I`m gonna do On Top of Old Smokey. I told yer. It`s "geyser" music!!"

Whaddam I Like!!


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 02:55 PM

Mark Rust's Class Reunion
Todd Snyder's Old Timer
Guy Clark's Desperados Waiting For A Train
Jerry Jeff Walker's My Old Man, or Mr. Bojangles
I know I'll think of more as soon as I send this.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 03:03 PM

Over the Hills to the Poorhouse


Over the Hills to the Poorhouse

Oh how can it be they have driven
Our father so helpless and old
Oh God may their crimes be forgiven
To perish out here in the cold

Chorus
I'm old, I'm helpless and feeble
And the days of my youth have gone by
And over the hills to the poor house
I must wander alone there to die

Long years since Mary was taken
My faithful affectionate wife
Since then I've been alone and forsaken
The light has died out of my life

Oh me on the doorstep up yonder
I've set with my babes on my knee
No father so happy or fonder
Than I of my little ones three

I gave them the place that they lived on
A deed to the farm and more
I gave them the house they were born in
And now I am turned from its door


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: pdq
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 03:03 PM

Half of all bluegrass songs are "geezer songs" and the other half" Christian gospel". Works for me.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 03:05 PM

as played BY a geezer


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 03:10 PM

Too Old to Cut the Mustard


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 03:16 PM

sort of, but not 'quite'... The Black Sheep

(why yes, I AM old enough to take these personally...why do you ask?)


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 04:36 PM

you DO need to sign your posts, Joe Offer is getting picky.

How hard can it be?...unless you are a geezer....


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 04:52 PM

GUEST Pete, I did look at the second page, but there was an ad in the middle of the page, so I didn't realize the page-2 list continued after the ad.

Here's the rest of the list from the Slate article:

Frank Sinatra, "The September of My Years"
The Grateful Dead, "Touch of Grey"
Hoagy Carmichael, "Rockin' Chair"
Nas, "Can't Forget About You"
Hazel Dickens, "Old and in the Way"
The Magnetic Fields, "When You're Old and Lonely"
Celia Cruz, "Yo Vivire (I Will Survive)"
Johnny Cash, "We'll Meet Again" (Get out the hankie for Cash's spoken-word verse that begins at the 1:32 mark.)
The Zimmers, "My Generation"
Jimmy Durante, "Young at Heart"


How could we leave this one off the list?
"It Was A Very Good Year"


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 04:58 PM

From the musical GIGI:
"I'm Glad I'm Not Young Any More"
"Ah, Yes, I Remember It Well"


From the musical CATS: "Memory"


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: PoppaGator
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 05:08 PM

Now I remember the second song I had meant to mention earlier.

Seeing Hoagy Carmichael's "Rocking Chair" on the list reminded me of The Band's (i.e., Robby Robertson's) song of the same title, which is also about an old man looking back on his life, in this case an old sailor. A beautiful rendition of a beautiful composition ~ Richard Manuel's vocal is just amazing.

And I'm reminded of yet another song by the sentence I just wrote(!): Neil Young's "Old Man (Take a Look at My Life)."


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 07:08 PM

Whose was the one about their get-up-and-go having got up and went?


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 07:25 PM

That's "Get Up And Go" - the one I attributed to Pete Seeger.   He did record it, but I'm not sure who wrote it.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 09:23 PM

Like Bob Dylan, We Are All Aging


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Genie
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 09:43 PM

October Roses (Linda Allen) (in the DT).


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Effsee
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 10:48 PM

Fred Wedlock - "The oldest swinger in town".


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: topical tom
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 10:06 AM

Another geezer song: "Old and in The Way


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Colin Randall
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 10:41 AM

Martin Simpson's "A Love Letter" from his recent album Prodigal Son tells beautifully of his real-life surprise and gratitude, as a man of mature years, at winning the love of a much younger woman.

Leon Rosselson's "Song of the Old Communist", which I think is loosely based on his father or certainly his father's generation of CP activists, superbly captures the leftie old geezer looking back on a life of purpose but little achievement (and grumpily chiding the younger generation's obsession with consumerism). You do NOT need to be a card-carrying member to appreciate it.....


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Charmion
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 10:43 AM

I believe that "Get up and go" is a Woody Guthrie song.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 25 Sep 08 - 03:30 PM

Wasn't there a song that went,"Kids! Who can tell what's wrong with these kids today?" from a musical? Sounds like it was sung by a Geezer.


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Sep 08 - 08:04 PM

IIRC, Pete Seeger expanded "Get Up & Go" from a few lines he found on a bathroom wall.


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Subject: ADDPOP: Kids (Bye Bye Birdie)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Sep 08 - 11:37 PM

"Kids" from Bye Bye Birdie is a great geezer song. Lyrics for the entire musical are at this URL (watch the popups):
http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/b/byebyebirdiethemusical.shtml

BYE BYE BIRDIE (The Musical)
(Music by Charles Strouse / Lyrics by Lee Adams)



KIDS
          Kids!
          I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!
          Kids!
          Who can understand anything they say?
          Kids!
          They a disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
          Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
          While we're on the subject:
          Kids!
          You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
          Kids!
          But they still just do what they want to do!
          Why can't they be like we were,
          Perfect in every way?
          What's the matter with kids today?
          Kids!
          I've tried to raise him the best I could
          Kids! Kids!
          Laughing, singing, dancing, grinning, morons!
          And while we're on the subject!
          Kids! They are just impossible to control!
          Kids! With their awful clothes and their rock an' roll!
          Why can't they dance like we did
          What's wrong with Sammy Kaye?
          What's the matter with kids today!


KIDS (REPRISE)
          Kids!
          I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!
          Kids!
          Who can understand anything they say?
          Kids!
          They are so ridiculous and immature!
          I don't see why anybody wants 'em!
          Just you wait and see
          Kids!
          Kids! They are just impossible to control!
          (Soon you'll be old enough to be)
          Kids! With their awful clothes and their rock an' roll!
          (Another teenage delinquent)
          Why can't they be like you were,
          Perfect in every way?
          What's the matter with kids to--
          Kids!
          What the devil's wrong with these kids today?
          Kids!
          Who could guess the they would turn out that way!
          Why can't they be like we were,
          Perfect in every way?
          What's the matter with kids?
          What's the matter with kids?
          What's the matter with kids today?


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: topical tom
Date: 26 Sep 08 - 10:31 AM

This song sure makes this geezer tear up!

"Sing Me The Old Songs as sung by Tommy Makem


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 02:49 PM

Didn't George Burns used to sing a song called I Wish I Was Fifty Again...or maybe it was I Wish I Was Sixty Again?


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 02:55 PM

Sorry, I was wrong. It was Eighteen, not fifty, but I'm pretty sure I've heard him say, perhaps after singing this song,"I wish I was fifty, sixty, seventy or eighty again." Heck even ninety would have worked for him.

I WISH I WAS EIGHTEEN AGAIN
(Sonny Throckmorton)

Jerry Lee Lewis - 1979
George Burns - 1980
Slim Whitman - 1991
Flat Duo Jets - 1995
Ray Price - 1999

Also recorded by: Tom Jones; Frankie Yankovic.


At a bar down in Dallas an old man chimed in
And I thought he was out of his his head
Just being a young man, I just laughed it off
When I heard what that old man had said

He said I'll never again turn the young ladies heads
Or go running off into the wind
I'm three quarters home from the start to the end
And I wish I was eighteen again

I wish I was eighteen again
And going where I've never been
But old folks and old oaks
Standing tall just pretend
I wish I was eighteen again

Now time turns the pages and oh, life goes so fast
The years turn the black hair all grey
I talked to some young folks, hey they don't understand
The words this old man's got to say

I wish I was eighteen again
And going where I've never been
But old folks and old oaks
Standing tall just pretend
I wish I was eighteen again

Lord, I wish I was eighteen again!


****************************


As recorded by SLIM WHITMAN:


In a park down in Dallas an old man chimed in
And I thought he was out of his his head
And being a young guy, I just laughed it off
When I heard what that old man had said

He said I'll never again turn the young ladies heads
Or go running off into the wind
I'm three quarters home from the start to the end
And I wish I was eighteen again

Oh, I wish I was eighteen again
'Cause I'm going where I've never been
Old folks and old oaks standing tall just pretend
And I wish I was eighteen again

Time turns the pages, the years how they fly
The dark hair has all turned to grey
I talk to some kids, but they don't understand
The words that I've got to say

I wish I was eighteen again
'Cause I'm going where I've never been
Old folks and old oaks standing tall just pretend
And I wish I was eighteen again

I'm three quarters home from the start to the end
And I wish I was eighteen again


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 07:37 PM

A Handful Of Songs
by Jerry Rasmussen

It is the last song on my Waterbug CD called The Older I Get, The Better I was


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: olddude
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 10:35 AM

How about "I just don't look good Naked anymore" by Sheb Wooley


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 11:02 AM

Did anyone mention the Statler Bros., "The Class of '57 (Had its Dream)?
"Grandma Got Run Over by a Herbivore"


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Subject: RE: Geezer Music
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 01:38 PM

People My Age John Gorka

People my age
Have started looking gross
I cannot say all
And I shouldn't say most
I've seen 'em in the grocery
I've seen 'em up close
And People my age
Have started looking gross

People my age
Are showing some wear
There's holes where their teeth was
And their heads have gone bare
Their brains are shrinking
Faces sinking into fat
And as for the mirror
We won't be looking into that

People my age
Have started looking gross
Maybe not in Colorado
Or up the Silicon Coast
Back in Pennsylvania
I'd eat scrapple on toast
Those were my first steps
On the road to looking gross

People my age
Are looking overripe
Some are getting operations
To tighten up what ain't tight
What gravity's ruined
They try to fix with a knife
What's pleasant in the darkness
Is plain scary in the light

Gross


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