"Older" as written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell....
You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're older still.

Time! Is marching on.
And time, is still marching on.
This day will soon be at an end and now it's even sooner.
And now it's even sooner.
And now it's even sooner.
This day will soon be at an end and now it's even sooner.
And now it's even sooner.
And now it's sooner still.

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're older still.


Lyrics submitted by Irrational

"Older" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this should be the the new birthday song...I LOVE it
    Emily1014on April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song, it really should be the new birthday song. Sidenote, I thought the second verse was "This day will soon be at an end" instead of "tale"
    HowardTCoon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLet me start out by saying how bloomin' brilliant I think this song is. F---ing amazing, really. Makes a great birthday song, if only it would catch on.

    Also, I'm absolutely positive that he is saying day and not tale, Irrational is very wrong.

    One last thing. I've heard two versions of this song. One version on the CD Mink Car and another, which I prefer, on mp3. Does anyone know where the non Mink Car version is from?
    GefoMutton January 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti've actually got about four versions of this song. there's a rock one, one with horns, and i've got a couple live ones. ANYWAYS: i just want to add that it's amazing how much this song can say without really saying very much.
    also: it seems like it's going to build up to something, then it just ends. kind of like a sarcastic joke.
    NQArbuckleon May 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite is the Brave New World clip version (with the drums and bass, and guitar). It sounds sinister. The video, as well. It features TMBG in suits, and is filmed entirely in black and white, except for a red timer right next to them.
    blindfoldon December 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti also think the lyric is "day" not "tale."
    every time i hear this song i think of how much older THEY are since they recorded the song, and it makes me kind of sad.
    harmoniouson December 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor GefoMutt :
    The non Mink Car version is from "Long Tall Weekend", an online-only album released in 1999. It also appears on "Music From Malcolm In The Middle" soundtrack.

    Btw, I looove the part when Flansburgh roars :
    "Time is marching on,
    And time..."
    ..then there is that silent moment of intense antici...pation followed by the "not-quite-expected" "is still marching on !" conclusion. A hilarious example of playing with the listener's expectations. &:-D
    Mad Woman Moonon March 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis may be the only song that takes place in real time. No matter what you're doing it applies to you.
    relephant23elephanton November 01, 2009   Link

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