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I Never Expected - Mel Tillis and the Old Dogs

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Published on Jun 4, 2010

"I Never Expected" written by Shel Silverstein. Recorded by Mel Tillis and the Old Dogs (Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Jerry Reed) on the 1998 album "Old Dogs Vol. 2"...lyrics...

Now friends I'd like to make...a short address,
to those who lived furious and fast.
So let me take off my coat and clear my throat,
and finish what's left in my glass

You see standing before you a barely living example
Of the wild life's (say it Mel, Say it)
(gulp) do's and don'ts
But the danger is not that the fast life's gonna kill you
The real danger is that it won't

I never expected to last this long
It caught me completely by surprise
I put aside enough to let me live just fine
But I never guessed I'd last past 49

I thought by now my friends would be toasting my memory
While the Devil was toasting my soul
Oh but it's just my luck, I outlived my bucks
It's the saddest story ever told
Oh, how could I have got this old

Hey Mel, you should have bought some stock...Or a piece of the rock...Or a no risk retirement plan

But instead I invested in all night bars, slow dancing ladies, fast moving cars
I thought by now I'd be safe resting peaceful in my grave due to all the women and song
So I'd made no preparations for a drawn out situation
How could you have been so wrong?
I never dreamed I'd last this long

Live fast, die young have a good lookin' corpse
That's the motto we live so well
So I played it hard and high but somehow I didn't die
And I think my corpse is gonna look like hell

And the slight miscalculation on the date of my expiration
Left me singing this sad, sad song
So buddy can you spare a quarter, I'm living longer than I oughter
How could you have been so wrong?
I never l thought I'd last this long, oh boy

I never thought you'd last this long
Pass me the metamucil
I never thought I'd last this long

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