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  • Augie March - When I Am Old (official)

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    WHEN I AM OLD, a suitably aching and beautiful vision courtesy of Sunny Leunig, his two man crew, and the always magnetic Jack Charles.

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    "When I Am Old"

    When I am old, Not if, but when,
    ailments will derail not end,
    laments will fail not to upend
    my later years which I will spend,
    alone, when I am old, alone -
    what is the male kind of crone?
    old lonely men dress for court on their own,
    nothing suggests I will not be alone when I'm old.

    When I am old,
    There will be no more lions
    Only in prisons
    Product of aeons of
    bestial poems never told
    Fire that does not rage is cold
    Cold flames are the tongues that sing dying
    There's no point in lying about being
    old men dress for the mall in the morning
    nothing suggests I will not be forlorn when I'm old

    Not if, ifs and buts, but whens,
    I'll take a wood load at roughly ten,
    measure the hours by some Bushells blend,
    read the papers from start to end
    alone, when I am old, alone -
    what is the male kind of crone?
    I'll give the obituary special attention
    Which of my neighbours has earned a mention

    When I am old
    There will be no more whaling
    Oh you cannot go whaling
    When there are no more whales
    in the tepid sea
    my instincts have always been dull
    Not that I ever listened at all
    If I lay in a burning bed
    I waited for the rain to fall
    Old men see what they're leaving behind
    and thank small mercies for going blind

    When I am old
    I will have no companion
    No mouser no spaniel when
    all I could do is
    to leave them behind
    No spark to depend on my dithering lick
    Sputtering sickly at candle's end
    No love to address
    No missives to pen
    When I am old
    I'll take heroin. Show less
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