"When You Wake Up Feeling Old" as written by and Jeffrey Scott Tweedy....
When you wake up
Feeling old
At this piano filled with souls
Some strange purse
Stuffed nervous with gold
Can you be where you want to be?

Walk down any street
You can find
Look at any clock telling time
Sing some strange verse
From some strange song of vines
And you'll be where you want to be

I know I can't sing
Until she brings the song to life
And I blend with kings
I'd never change a thing

Who knows anything
I don't know
There are so many things
I must leave alone
Some strange person is calling you their home
Can you be where you want to be?

Can you be
Where you want to be?
Can you be
Where you want to be?
Can you be
Where you want to be?


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"When You Wake Up Feeling Old" as written by Jeffrey Scott Tweedy Jeff Tweedy

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    General CommentPerhaps about being content with the way your life is at any point in time. Maybe you wake up and find you are old and wonder how so much time has gone by and why your life the way you want it to be. It's a choice, accept your life and enjoy it or hate it--"can you be where you want to be?"
    heyjohnnyhaiiion February 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThat disoriented feeling, waking up in the morning and not knowing where you are or even who you are.
    zack w.on August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know I can't sing
    Until she brings the song to life
    And I blend with kings
    Id never change a thing


    I think (possibly obvious) that this part is talking about music/probably almost ALL art (made by men) would probably not exist without a woman. We as men try to make beauty to present to women. Most songs, poems paintings et cetera are dedicated to/made in the likeness of a woman.

    Perhaps the part about blending with kings is about his music being influenced by, and eventually joining the greats of rock/art.
    lukewagoneeron September 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I know I can't sing
    Until she brings the song to life"

    For the longest time, I thought Tweedy said, "A tissue brings a song to life"
    AesopRockon April 22, 2009   Link

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