"Young Man, Old Man" as written by Paul Francis Mcdermott and Daniel Johns....
I've got a clearspot, a devilish psalm
But nobody's home to fix the alarm, no
Disgruntled woman, enchanted stains
We're tempted by god but nothing remains

Hey boys we speak better than young men
But will be better than than an old man,
Honey, you'll see

Hey boys we speak better than young men
But will be better than than an old man,
Honey, you'll see

My faith is hungry like a whale's frozen toes,
Steal cap fingers and nobody knows
It's raining concrete a tunnel wind blows
Stones on my column the path that I chose

Na na na na...

(You ain't better than the rest)


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"Young Man Old Man [Video Clip] [Multimedia Track]" as written by Paul Mac Daniel Johns

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    General CommentDoes it really? I can't see that at all. I felt that the chorus is saying he's better at coercing girls because of his maturity, but still has more vitality than older men.
    porcupinegrenadeon January 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfrozen toes, Steal cap fingers and nobody knows



    then listen to daniel johns on enough rope about his "arthritis"
    nonomdeplumeon June 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'd never noticed it before, but I think UZeroHead2 might be right about it being inspired by the bible - albeit NOT in the way he/she intended...

    Daniel seems to be using the biblical story of Samson and Delilah as a metaphor for his career situation. By shaving off his hair (like Samson) and proceeded down a new (non-grunge) career path, musically-speaking, he is knowingly tearing at the fabric of his past success (his strength) and creating obstacles to be overcome, as illustrated by the lines:

    "It's raining concrete a tunnel wind blows / Stones on my column the path that I chose"

    But still, he seems sure the change from angsty young rocker to experimental 'artiste' will ultimately prove positive, as expressed by the chorus: "Hey boys we speak better than young men / But will be better than than an old man, honey, You'll see".
    Lantaon September 19, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDaniel Johns fits into the catergory of young man. In the Bible, Jesus said to have faith like a child's. Daniel Johns throughout the verses says that his faith is cold, unlike a child's, and that the little boys are the better ones...
    UZeroHead2on December 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah this had to be influenced by the Bible like UZerohead2 said.
    Cabrosaon February 23, 2007   Link

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