"Old Man" as written by and Randy Newman....
Everyone has gone away

Can you hear me? Can you hear me?

No one cared enough to stay

Can you hear me? Can you hear me?

You must remember the old man

I know that you can if you try

So just open up your eyes old man

Look who's come to say goodbye

The sun has left the sky old man

The birds have flown away

And no one came to cry old man

Goodbye old man goodbye

You want to stay I know you do

But it ain't no use to try

'Cause I'll be here-and I'm just like you

Goodbye, old man, goodbye

Won't be no God to comfort you

You taught me not to believe that lie

You don't need anybody

Nobody needs you

Don't cry, old man, don't cry

Everybody dies

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"Old Man" as written by Randy Newman

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    General CommentRandy Newman is the music world's indisputable master of the "unreliable narrator" technique. does Newman himself appear in any of his own songs? once in a while. but very very few.

    the dying "old man" and his son: both would probably be regarded (at a casual glance) as decent hardworking folks.

    also, both are unbelievably cruel: as if they never learned the meaning of compassion. each in their own peculiar ways, but not so different from each other (the one part of the song you can take at face value is, "I'm just like you.")

    (then the entire LP would come to a stop--if this song weren't followed by the insane Mutual Assured Destruction rave-up of "Political Science"--all because of the last two words...)

    "Everybody dies." Yep, just like the sky is blue and the grass is green. No argument.

    But what kind of twisted fЦcЖ would say that to a man on his deathbed? His own father, yet?
    foreverdroneon April 13, 2012   Link
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    General Commentforeverdrone: he is not saying that to his father, he is saying it to himself. This Randy Newman we are talking about!

    Lrg8607: I'm not sure about the lie, it could mean he is agreeing with is father:

    You taught me not to believe that lie (the lie being "god will comfort you") or
    You taught me not to believe that lie (the lie being "won't be no god will comfort you")
    paulmarkjon April 22, 2012   Link
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    Song MeaningRandy Newman, the song/storyteller, is talking to his Father on his death bed. His Father was very stubborn and didn't show compasion for anyone so no one visited him but his son. The old man was also an athiest and tried to convince his son of his non-faith, but failed because he recognizes that he was teaching him a lie. His son also, at the end saying "everybody dies" is accepting his Fathers death.
    Lrg8607on June 12, 2011   Link

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