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When you are old and gray


by Tom Lehrer. Buy album CD: Songs & More Songs By Tom Lehr


The most popular type of popular song is of course the love song, and I'd like to illustrate several subspecies of this form during the evening. First of all, the type of love song where the fellow tells the girl that although the years ahead will almost certainly destroy every vestige of her already dubious charms, that nonetheless his love for her will shine on forever through the years, you know. Another example of stark realism in the popular song.
This particular example is called When You Are Old And Gray, and I'd like to dedicate it to anyone in the audience who is still in love with each other.

Since I still appreciate you,
Let's find love while we may.
Because I know I'll hate you
When you are old and gray.

So say you love me here and now,
I'll make the most of that.
Say you love and trust me,
For I know you'll disgust me
When you're old and getting fat.

An awful debility,
A lessened utility,
A loss of mobility
Is a strong possibility.
In all probability
I'll lose my virility
And you your fertility
And desirability,
And this liability
Of total sterility
Will lead to hostility
And a sense of futility,
So let's act with agility
While we still have facility,
For we'll soon reach senility
And lose the ability.

Your teeth will start to go, dear,
Your waist will start to spread.
In twenty years or so, dear,
I'll wish that you were dead.

I'll never love you then at all
The way I do today.
So please remember,
When I leave in December,
I told you so in May.



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Album: Songs & More Songs By Tom Lehr (1997) Lyrics
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  1. Fight fiercely, harvard!
  2. The old dope peddler
  3. Be prepared
  4. The wild west is where i want to be
  5. I wanna go back to dixie
  6. Lobachevsky
  7. The irish ballad
  8. The hunting song
  9. My home town
  10. When you are old and gray
  11. I hold your hand in mine
  12. The wiener schnitzel waltz
  13. Poisoning pigeons in the park
  14. Bright college days
  15. A christmas carol
  16. The elements
  17. Oedipus rex
  18. In old mexico
  19. Clementine
  20. It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier
  21. She's my girl
  22. The masochism tango
  23. We will all go together when we go
  24. I got it from agnes

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