It's different now I think
I wasn't older yet
I wasn't wise, I guess
Somewhere I lost whatever else I had
I wasn't over you
I see it run inside itself
And then I called you out

I'm not such older than I was
I'm feeling it's so much righter now
And then I woke myself, confused
Your dress comes down
To you, don't get it wrong, don't get excited
I wanted so much to be at rest
Now that I'm older
So be it so of love

The silent man comes down
All dressed in radiant colors
You see it for yourself
To demonstrate my love for you
You I thought I was so in love
Some say it wasn't true
Now that I'm older
Now, now that I'm older

There's so much travel
And now that I'm older
Someone else, can see it for myself
So much travel, yeah
Now that I'm older

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Now That I'm Older song meanings
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    General CommentI feel, since I've commented on other songs from this album, that I'm being a bit redundant at this point, but this seems to be, in part, again about the futility of words. When he felt in love, others said it wasn't true--there will always be someone to say the opposite. I think it reflects the difficulties of a postmodern time where almost any statement can be deconstructed from so many sides that it loses all meaning. Even the narrator becomes two distinct people. He becomes "someone else" and sees things for himself now. He is both himself and someone else. Everything is deconstructed into abstraction. Even any conclusion he reaches in this song will be further abstracted, because eventually, he will be older again...

    Arguably, the most striking image in the song is of the SILENT man who comes down dressed in radiant colours. I don't believe this is a coincidence.
    adonnellyron November 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI like this song. Its like a recollection of past events. This is a different Sufjan as far as lyrics go. He's singin directly. Not as many metaphors...Not as much narration.
    DrakelikesNachoson September 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthey excellent work. may i suggest a minor change i think theses lines are different from what's above:

    "I'm not such older than I was, I'm feeling so much righter now"

    should be:

    "I'm not such of the man I was, Feeling it so much right and wrong."
    arnfdenoon September 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti love his new style of singing! compared to albums like Seven Swans and Illinoise, his voice is usually more relaxed and ambient (but beautiful)...but in this one its sharp and strong, especially this song because the music isnt taking over! oooh sufjan i love you. :D
    stenchblossomon October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i said there 'but in this one its sharp and strong, especially this song because the music isnt taking over', i mean that in the best way possible!!! :)
    stenchblossomon October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite from The Age of Adz. Does this remind anyone of Pittsfield? I feel like it has a similar sound and tone to it. And it just so happens as I was just looking up the lyrics for Pittsfield, I noticed these lines...

    "Now that I'm older, wiser and working less
    I may regret having left the place a mess"

    Perhaps there is a connection? I say it's at least worth taking a look at. Either way, these are both two very beautiful songs. Sufjan never disappoints.
    MNTwinsfanon November 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI really enjoy how the style of this album reflects its lyrical themes. As mentioned in a post above, Sufjan has really decimated his use of metaphors that were so prevalent on previous albums. He seems to be attempting to cut through much of the abstraction of language and get as directly to the point as he can.
    adonnellyron November 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSeems like he could be telling the story of Joseph here. Silent man in radiant colors, and all.
    stuckonawinningstreakon November 19, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI think the choir on this sound similar to the Russian Orthodox Church choir in 'The Deer Hunter.' It's an absolutely beautiful song.
    harrytheblurfanon December 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSufjan in concert: "This next song is a bit of a bummer. It's about getting old."
    He talked a bit about how now he's grown older, but he feels younger, as if he's only now going through puberty.
    emkwoodon February 01, 2011   Link

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