"Old Before Your Time" as written by and Raycharles Jack Lamontagne....
When I was a younger man lookin' for a pot of gold
Everywhere I turned the doors were closin'
It took every ounce of faith I had to keep on keepin' on
And still I felt like I was only losin'

I refused then like I do now to let anybody tie me down
And I lost a few good friends along the way
I was raised up poor and I wanted more
And maybe I'm a little too proud
Lookin' back I see a kid who was just
Afraid, hungry and old before his time

Through the years I've known my share of broken hearted fools
And those who couldn't choose a path worth taking
There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man
Who never knew his life was his for making

Ain't it about time you realize? It's not worth keepin' score
You win some, you lose some and you let it go
What's the use of stacking on every failure, another stone
Till you find you've spent your whole life building walls,
Lonely and old before your time

It took so long to see
That truth was all around me

Now the wren has gone to roost and the sky is turnin' gold
Like the sky my soul is also turnin'
Turnin' from the past, at last and all I've left behind
Could it be that I am finally learnin'?

Learnin' that I'm deserving of love and the peaceful heart
I won't tear myself apart no more for tryin'
I'm tired of lyin' to myself, tryin' to buy what can't be bought
It's not livin' that you're doin' if it feels like dyin'
Cryin', growin' old before your time
Cryin', growin' old before your time

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"Old Before Your Time" as written by Raycharles Jack Lamontagne


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    General CommentI really just love this song with all my heart.
    sunnyshine579on August 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is really about realizing how prideful we are when we were younger. I think this song really talks about how it was for the character to grow up (I was raised up poor and I wanted more, and maybe, I'm a little too proud,
    In lookin' back I see a kid who was just afraid,) and its basically a reflection on this persons life, and the people he met along the way, but some of them came in and out.
    teamkantneron August 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commentit is a masterpiece of singer songwriter to encompass their experiences and integrate others to make an approachable and relate-able song. This song really touches me.
    morry32on September 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pretty much perfect and probably my favorite of all Ray's tunes.

    I think its about growing up. Life's hard when you're young and starting out. You've got struggles with finding work, losing and gaining friends, and feeling like you've got to accomplish something big to make something out of life. Seems like he is talking to all these folks who never did what they wanted in life, and he thinks its sad. Towards the end of the song, he decides its worth at least attempting to do what he loves, even if its just turns into another failure. And he doesn't seem to even care if it is b/c he doesn't want to "spend his life building walls". There are a lot of messages going on in this song, but that's my take on it. Do what matters to you and stop worrying so much about failure. My favorite lyric in the song is "it's not living if what you're doing feels like dying".
    kevinmickon November 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is too good
    tprnkstron December 14, 2013   Link

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