"Old Man" as written by Sun Gyu Lee and Yoon Ah Kim....
I once knew a man
Been everywhere in the world
Gave me a tiny ivory ball
Said it would bring me good
Never believed it would until
I have been loving you

Dear old man
He'd seen most everything
Gave me a piece of good advice
Said it would do me well
I couldn't really tell until
I have been loving you

Now it seems
Things are not so strange
I can see more clearly
Suddenly I've found my way
I know the old man would laugh
He spoke of love's sweeter days
And in his eloquent way
I think he was speaking of you
You are so lovely
You didn't have to say a thing

But I remember that old man
Telling me he'd seen the light
Gave me a small brown leather book
Insisted that he was right
I only heard him slightly
'Til I heard you whisper
Took you up all in my arms

Dear old man
Wise old man
Fine old man, now

Lyrics submitted by arrstar

"Old Man" as written by Bryan Maclean


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    General CommentI think these lyrics are wrong and it's "love's sweeter days" not "lost sweeter days" (and some other sites have it as that).

    It's a nice song about love redeeming him and making him happy. It seems like the old man gave him some advice about love being what makes life worthwhile or something which he didn't believe until it really happened to him.

    In a certain sense I almost get the feeling that the old man is the same person as the singer projected into the future. In a way maybe he's thinking "when I'm an old man, what will I remember and will have been worth it." This is speculation but it sorta seems that way, somehow. A nice and unusual love song.
    sbfisheron May 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel the old man is in reference to the narrators father/grandfather and that the narrator now has a child (who never met the old man). It just feels right
    LucieRobertsonon October 28, 2019   Link
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    General CommentSorry about that. You're right.

    In my idiocy I forgot to check and see that this song has been posted already, only as "The Old Man".
    arrstaron May 28, 2007   Link
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    Song FactWhy in hell is this song credited to Sun Gyu Lee and Yoon Ah Kim (whoever they are?) when it was, of course, written by Love's Bryan MacLean. A great, great song by one of the band's two brilliant writers - the other being Arthur Lee, and certainly not Sun Gyu Lee!
    vivavinylon November 03, 2015   Link

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