"7 Years" as written by and David Labrel Christopher Brown....
Once I was seven years old my momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure

Once I was eleven years old my daddy told me
Go get yourself a wife or you'll be lonely
Once I was eleven years old

I always had that dream like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
'Cause only those I really love will ever really know me

Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
Once I was twenty years old

I only see my goals, I don't believe in failure
'Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major
I got my boys with me at least those in favor
And if we don't meet before I leave, I hope I'll see you later

Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
I was writing about everything, I saw before me
Once I was twenty years old
Soon we'll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold
We've traveled around the world and we're still roaming
Soon we'll be thirty years old

I'm still learning about life
My woman brought children for me
So I can sing them all my songs
And I can tell them stories
Most of my boys are with me
Some are still out seeking glory
And some I had to leave behind
My brother I'm still sorry

Soon I'll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one
Remember life and then your life becomes a better one
I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once
I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month

Soon I'll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
Soon I'll be sixty years old
Soon I'll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
Soon I'll be sixty years old

Once I was seven years old, momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

Once I was seven years old


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"7 Years" as written by David Labrel Christopher Brown

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song is very deep and very thought provoking. I was just reading an article and the author was saying how this song is about Lukas growing up in a utopian community back in Denmark.. He recalls his childhood in this song, but not only does he recall that, he sees his hopes and dreams and family. He says 'Soon I'll be 60 years old' because his dad died at 61, so he didn't want to reach higher than that. So not only is this song very personal to him and his life, smoking weed at 11, dad dying at 61, it's a good story. Overall, good song!
    cowslikemoosicon March 04, 2016   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThe general overview:
    A man between the age of 20 and 30 is singing about how his life. The song progresses to how the man thinks his life will be when he is old.


    "Once I was seven years old, my mama told me, Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely. Once I was seven years old."
    There is one single reference to his mother as she died when he was young. He remembers his mother telling him to make friends because she had a terminal illness and wanted him to not be lonely.

    "It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger. Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker. By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor. Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure."
    He made friends that pushed him to the limits and lead him to marijuana and liquor. (maybe some psychology of losing his mother early)

    "Once I was eleven years old, m daddy told me, Go get yourself a wife or you'll be lonely"
    The father became lonely having his wife died. This lead to him telling his son to go get a wife, hoping his son wouldn't be lonely like he was.

    "I always had that dream like my daddy before me. So I started writing songs, I started writing stories"
    This tell how the boys father dreamed of being a song writer and the boy want to follow.

    "Something about that glory, Just always seemed to bore me, 'Cause only those I really love will ever really know me"
    The boy is not doing the singing and song writing to get fans or for money, he's doing it because that is his passion.

    "Once I was twenty years old, My story got told Before the morning sun, when life was lonely"
    When he was twenty and had no wife someone was interested in his music and he got hired by a record company.

    "I only see my goals, I don't believe in failure. 'Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major"
    He is not worried about what others think because it only take one person to make something worth while.

    "I got my boys with me at least those in favor. And if we don't meet before I leave, I hope I'll see you later"
    He had his band that was doing well, but not every he played with got to be an artist with him. His is bidding them a fair well as he travels down a different route in life.

    "My story got told; I was writing about everything I saw before me"
    He did have in focus in his music, he wrote songs about everything that happened to him and things he saw.

    "Soon we'll be thirty years old, Our songs have been sold. We've traveled around the world and we're still roaming."
    He sing how he sees himself having sold many songs and done concerts around the world, but he is still traveling and singing.

    "I'm still learning about life. My woman brought children for me. So I can sing them all my songs And I can tell them stories"
    Here he mentions how his wife he didn't have at 20 has given birth. He is still learning life because having kids is a big step and he is learning how to deal with them. He has a sweet emotional note about how he will sing his stories to his children.

    "Most of my boys are with me, Some are still out seeking glory, And some I had to leave behind; My brother I'm still sorry"
    Here he says most of his first band buddies are with him. Some of his first band buddies drifted off and began try to become famous on their own. And some of his buddies he had to leave for some reason (drugs, death, just going different routes)

    "Soon I'll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one. Remember life and then your life becomes a better one"
    He sing how he will soon be 60 and how life will fly by. At 61 his dad died and that remembering his dad's life has been the best way for him to move on and have a good life.

    "I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once. I hope my children come and visit once or twice a month."
    Here he mentions how as life progresses, the smaller things have more meaning to him. A letter to make someone happy or having his kids visit.

    "Soon I'll be sixty years old, Will I think the world is cold Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me?"
    At this age, he wonders how he will actually view life. If he will even have children visit or will he be old with nothing and no one.

    "Once I was seven years old, my mama told me, Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely"
    Again he mentions how he thinks back to his mother and him at the age of 7. This is his 60 year old self looking back, thinking of all the time he had, how his life was, and how he will remember the wonders of life.
    Clackinon April 03, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen he says "Soon I'll be 60 years old, my daddy got 61, remember life and then your life becomes a better one" my band teacher explained it like this... He is 60 and his dad lived until 61, which infers he doesn't have much time left on earth. So when you think about life and remember the past you realize how valuable the gift of life is and you appreciate it more, ultimately making decisions that make for a better life.
    legionary01on May 03, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments? Wow. Amazing song.
    downseton February 15, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationOnce I was seven years old my momma told me
    Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely
    Once I was seven years old

    When the speaker turned seven, he was already obligated to do things so that he would live a "happy" and "full" life by society's standards.

    It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
    Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
    By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
    Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure

    When we're young, we're often under the delusion that although we are one in 7 billion (coincidence?), we are special children. This is especially true in today's world where children are growing up faster, literally and figuratively. The speaker is of the working class, so being young and naive, he figured that he would catch a big break from working hard.

    I always had that dream like my daddy before me
    So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
    Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
    'Cause only those I really love will ever really know me

    He takes after his father who was obviously a creative person. He loved the creative process but the fame that goes with it was not something that captivated him because he did not feel like strangers would ever love him truly. This is such a deep and mature realization for someone of a young age to make.

    Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
    Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
    Once I was twenty years old

    He began to follow his dreams when he was a young adult, when it was unsure how it was going to turn out.

    I only see my goals, I don't believe in failure
    'Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major
    I got my boys with me at least those in favor
    And if we don't meet before I leave, I hope I'll see you later

    This is the mentality of someone who is confident in this abilities. The smallest comments or people can determine what one will decide to do in life and how it will affect them--which can be a good or bad thing, depending on their motives. The speaker has supportive friends around him who support him. If they don't see him before he leaves the past of being ordinary forever, he hopes that he will remain the same person at heart and will keep the relationships.

    Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
    I was writing about everything, I saw before me
    Once I was twenty years old
    Soon we'll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold
    We've traveled around the world and we're still roaming
    Soon we'll be thirty years old

    He started seeing results and got a lot of inspiration from them. Now he is talking to his band. It is unsure what his thoughts of being 30 are but it seems to me that its a restless life. By the time you're thirty, you probably want to stop "roaming" and settle down.

    I'm still learning about life
    My woman brought children for me
    So I can sing them all my songs
    And I can tell them stories
    Most of my boys are with me
    Some are still out seeking glory
    And some I had to leave behind
    My brother I'm still sorry

    The speaker's songs are his essence because he wants to pass his own self down to his children. Some of his band members are with him in success but other people he cared about (perhaps members who aren't in the band anymore) are still living life in the working class. He feels bad about this (but survival of the fittest, you know).

    Soon I'll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one
    Remember life and then your life becomes a better one
    I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once
    I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month

    The speaker's father died young, which is an important aspect of the song. If you remember to live life like you are going to die tomorrow, you will live it to the fullest and be happier. Sometimes people are so depressed that you can do little things to make them happy and understood. Because of this, his children visiting a few times a month would make him incredibly happy.

    Soon I'll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
    Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
    Soon I'll be sixty years old
    Soon I'll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
    Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
    Soon I'll be sixty years old

    The singer's voice jumps up during this verse because well, who ever wants to face the unknowns at all, let alone old age? He wonders if the lack of youth will turn him bitter and if his children will be enough for him. This is bold because it's basically saying that his children won't make him as happy as he was when he was famous/young.

    Once I was seven years old, momma told me
    Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely
    Once I was seven years old

    Once I was seven years old

    The key of the last sentence versus the first is the different definition of "once." Once can mean literally the opposite of the same word. Meaning, WHEN he turned seven in the present moment and then ONCE in the PAST he was seven. This is a beautiful play on words to show how life passes by. It's poetry.

    I really love this song. It's the best on the Top 40 but I guess today that is nothing to be excited about.
    Italia8989on May 30, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe this song is about growing up too fast?
    youarelovelyon August 27, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song always makes me want to sing to it and i love this song <3
    Jaclinon February 19, 2017   Link

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