"Free Four" as written by and Roger Waters....
The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in gloom of the sickroom
And talk to yourself as you die.

Life is a short, warm moment
And death is a long cold rest.
You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye:
Eighty years, with luck, or even less.

So all aboard for the American tour,
And maybe you'll make it to the top.
And mind how you go, and I can tell you, 'cause I know
You may find it hard to get off.

You are the angel of death
And I am the dead man's son.
And he was buried like a mole in a fox hole.
And everyone is still in the run.

And who is the master of fox hounds?
And who says the hunt has begun?
And who calls the tune in the courtroom?
And who beats the funeral drum?

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in gloom in the sickroom
And talk to yourself till you die.

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by bmanisking

"Free Four" as written by Roger Waters

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    General CommentTo me the key to the song is in the first two lines. Ever since I heard them -- as a teenager in the early 1970s -- they have been part of my philosophy of life. They taught me to avoid the trap of relying on the memories of your prime years to give meaning to your life in your later years. Instead, I make it a point to cultivate new memorable experiences. In other words, the message is "don't rest on your laurels -- soon enough you will be dust."
    Forty-five years on, I continue to create new memories. But I also treasure old memories even as some slip away from me. In fact, nostalgia is getting sweeter but also more aching.
    rmikkelsenon October 12, 2017   Link

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