"24" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
So it's not loaded stadiums or ballparks
And we're not kids on swingsets on the blacktop
And I thought at fifteen that I'd have it down by sixteen
And twenty-four keeps breathing in my face

Like a mad whore
And twenty-four keeps pounding at my door
Like a friend you don't want to see
Oldness comes with a smile

To every love given child
Oldness comes to rile
The youth who dream suicide

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"24" as written by Mark Edward Kozelek

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    General Commentsong is pretty much self explanatory. just seeing the video for the first time now, video is spot on. the kid that plays the younger version of kozelek is frightfully accurate. he was indeed 24 when this song was released, so i don't reckon it's his son (kid looks about 12). i also am knowledgeable of his troubled childhood, so don't imagine it's his little brother.. whoever it is, great casting call.
    gueveraliveson October 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthe's getting older and he doesn't know what he wants from life. he realizes that he's not a little kid anymore. he thought he'd have figured life out a long time ago but he hasn't, and he just keeps getting older.
    matrixmouse7on June 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song about the fear of getting old
    piloton September 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more than just the fear of getting old.
    "Oldness comes with a smile to every love given child", whereas "oldness comes to rile the youth who dream suicide." Those children who grew up with love and in stable surroundings may grow up with ambition, good memories, a better life and a 'smile'. For the 'youth who dream suicide', growing up only torments and 'riles', knowing that these precious 'best days of our lives' are being wasted in the bedroom and deep in the mind.
    joelsbeardon October 25, 2014   Link

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