I want to be old
And creek by the fire
I want to smell of rotting wood
It's all I desire

I want my joints to seize up
I want my legs to ache
I want my eyesight to fail
I want my skin to flake

To be old
I want to be old
I want to be old
I want to be old

I want false teeth
And not be able to chew
I want to be senile
A centenarian fool

I want to have lots of wrinkles
Want my hearing to go
I want to be ignored
And I want to be slow

To be old
I want to be old
I want to be old
I want to be old

I want to be old
I want to be old
I want to be old
I want to be old


Lyrics submitted by saturnine, edited by Mellow_Harsher

I Want to Be Old [Studio Demo; Previously Unreleased Track] Lyrics as written by Michael Stephen Dempsey Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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    He wants to be old. i think thats pretty much it. i dont know of any back story for the song, so i could be wrong. but i doubt it.

    ZombieCultHeroon February 26, 2005   Link
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    I guess it's sung in a cynical manner, since society, in general, is completely horrified of growing old. do YOU want to be senile, deaf and blind? Either way I'm pretty open about hoping to die young. :-0

    OddDoton December 07, 2005   Link
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    it's an 'up yours' to the punk movement and more generally to music of the 60's and 70's. like the who 'i hope i die before i get old..' etc..

    hothothot!on July 30, 2007   Link
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    and now he is

    peddieon December 03, 2007   Link
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    Haha :) I'm open to dying young too... or whatever... at least I don't ever wanna be old. God, my life is miserable already, cant even imagine what it's like to be old and waiting for the merciful death.

    MissNeuroticon January 01, 2008   Link

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