"To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)" as written by and David Rawlings Ryan Adams....
Young boy, you done me bad, I went and did ya wrong
Young boy, you done me bad, I went and did ya wrong
Then I got high, Lord I got high, and I got a bone to pick with you
And I'm sure you know it's true

Oh one day when you're looking back
You were young and man you were sad
When you're young you get sad
When your young you get sad, then you get high
Oh man

Young gal you done me bad and I went and did ya wrong
Young gal you done me bad so I went and did ya wrong
Then I got high
Lord, I got high
Now you got a bone to pick with me, but I wish you'd let me be

Oh one day when you're looking back
You were young and man you were sad
When you're young you get sad
When your young you get sad, then you get high
You get high

Oh the days the rain would fall your way
Oh the days the rain would fall your way
Then you be high, cause you got sad
Cause you got sad
Oh man


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"To Be Young (is To Be Sad, is To Be High)" as written by Ryan Adams David Rawlings

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    General Commenti love this song. i've been working on a "get totally fucked up with your best friends" mix tape and this is definately on there. so is "polar opposites" by modest mouse and "heaven knows i'm miserable now" by the smiths.
    oh no, disaster!on April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsounds like dylan in this song, but really good song nonetheless
    Hunteron January 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know what u mean, I've shown it to allot of pple an they all say "DYLAN", but it's not dylan in a true sense. Dylan wasn't always so wrapped up in personal dillema
    Brettski_auon May 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRyan is defenitely not hiding his Dylan influences on this one, but agree with Brettski in that this song isn't about the personal despair or shame or regretfulness that run through much of Dylan's work. It is a simple, truthful song about lost love, youth and drugs. It answers the question of why you do drugs when you're young - there isn't anything better to do.
    tubesockson June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow... i almost just wrote "this song reminds me of bob" but now i feel young and stupid saying that... haha...
    i LOVE this song.. one of my faves on heartbreaker. i love when he says "lord i got high" it CRACKS ME UP!
    pomegranatesROCKon July 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I was ever to make a movie about my life, this would be the opener.
    Destructedstaron March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol, destructedstar. me too.
    Arcadiaon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentperhaps we could could work out a deal for the rights to the song and split the cost.
    Arcadiaon October 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis girl I used to like, the only thing she ever said to me, was: "This is on the 'Old School' soundtrack, isn't it?"

    The only thing I ever said was, "Yeah," then smoke a joint later that night...
    davidecoyoteon November 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti saw a band cover this at a frat date function and was kinda surprised...but i guess it makes sense since it's from Old School. i had forgotten about that.
    lilallstarmeon December 17, 2004   Link

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