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10 Songs Which Make up the Soundtrack of Getting Older

Updated on April 29, 2020
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Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.

How do I know my youth is all spent?

My get up and go has got up and went

— Pete Seeger
Music sets the tone of life
Music sets the tone of life | Source

The songs which help us grow older

Getting old is a fact of life. We are all going to grow older whether we like it or not. The key however is not to grow older gracefully but to go kicking and fighting to stay as healthy as possible. Growing older is not for wimps. Here are 10 sings to help which deal with the aging.

#1 What a Drag It is Getting Old

What a drag it is getting old," sang Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones and they are still singing it today. The actual title of the song is 'Mother's Little Helper' but the one line in the song became an anthem for many people of my generation. At times, "What a drag it is getting old," because of the loss of vitality and the arrival of new aches and pains.

#2 All Things Must Pass

This song by George Harrison is all about moving on from those times in our life when things seem the worst. The song was written at the time of the Beatles breakup. The song is also a reminder to us that as we grow older the life we must move on from the life we once knew and gt ready for the life which is to come.

Music adds color to life
Music adds color to life | Source

#3 Glory Days

Glory Days, the classic song by Bruce Soringsteen, is an anthem about how we all like to talk about the glory days of a life gone by. There is something is remembering all those things we used to do in our youth. the life hanging with friends, a smile plastered on our faces. Here is to the glory days.

# 4 A Hazy Shade of Winter

Simon and Garfunkel wrote this song about how in life we are always looking for that perfect situation (or someone) but never seem to find it. Soon however we see time is running out on our dreams and we discover in the hazy shades of the winter of our life , we had a good life anyway. Simon and Garfunkel used the seasons to describe life.

Where are you in life right now? Do you see your life as wasted or as a blessing to others?

# 5 Days Go By

At number five is an Offspring song, 'Days Go By' which is the title track to their 2012 album. The lyrics state,

Stars still burn bright
Seasons change overnight
As we find a way the times they come and go
Look back in love
A new day rises above
With the wind it comes to carry you back home

The song is about how as the years roll on and we find our lot in life changing we must not feel sorry for ourselves but we have to learn to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps and learn to keep going.

# 6 When I'm 64

This Beatles classic written by Paul McCartney released on the 1967 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart Club album is a whimsical lament by a man to his girlfriend:

Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?

Marriage is work, especially as you get older and one or the other partner is dealing with age issues. But as with any relationship love is the glue which holds the whole thing together and which covers over no matter what comes.

# 8 Old Man

The song Old Man can be found on the 1970 album Harvest by Neil Young. The song compares a young man's life with that of an old man and finds the old man's life was once like that of the young man.

The take away is this as we get older we must also remember we have a lot to offer the young. We have lived through a lot an must not be afraid to offer advice to others. At first they may not appreciate it but later they will thanks us.

# 7 Time by Pink Floyd

What is any top ten list about aging without the classic Pink Floyd song Time? Not a complete list for sure. The song located on the Dark Side of the Moon album is about how in life we think we have all this time to do things but in the end time slips by us and soon we find we have run out of time.


# 9 Turn, Turn, Turn

This song by the Byrds based on Ecclesiastes 3 is reminder to us all thee is a time in life for everything. A time to be born, to love, to raise our children, to retire and even a time to die. The song is also a reminder that no matter how hard we can't change certain things in life so we need to develop an attitude of acceptance and move on.

The #10 song Hurt as sung by Johnny Cash is reminder that just as life has a beginning it will have an end.

#10 Hurt - Johnny Cash Version

Hurt was a 2003 remake of a Nine Inch Nails song. Hurt is a sad tale of living a life of destruction and realizing at the end how many people you’ve hurt and harmed with your behavior. The song is a reminder to all that life is short and you need to mend bridges before it is to late.

A Short Retrospection

There you have it 10 of the many songs which deal with getting older. Everyone is doing it so you may as well listen to some good music to help you along.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Timothy Whitt


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