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Dar Williams - You're Aging Well Lyrics

  • Words and music by Dar Williams
  • Why is it that as we grow older and stronger
  • The road signs point us adrift and make us afraid
  • Saying 'You never can win,' 'Watch your back,' 'Where's your
  • husband?'
  • Oh I don't like the signs that the signmakers made.
  • So I'm going to steal out with my paint and brushes
  • I'll change the directions, I'll hit every street
  • It's the Tinseltown scandal, the Robin Hood vandal
  • She goes out and steals the King's English
  • And in the morning you wake up and the signs point to you
  • They say
  • 'I'm so glad that you finally made it here,'
  • 'You thought nobody cared, but I did, I could tell,'
  • And 'This is your year,' and 'It always starts here,'
  • And oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, 'You're aging well.'
  • Well I know a woman with a collection of sticks
  • She could fight back the hundreds of voices she heard
  • And she could poke at the greed, she could fend off her need
  • And with anger she found she could pound every word.
  • But one voice got through, caught her up by surprise
  • It said, 'Don't hold us back we're the story you tell,'
  • And no sooner than spoken, a spell had been broken
  • And the voices before her were trumpets and tympani
  • Violins, basses and woodwinds and cellos, singing
  • 'We're so glad that you finally made it here
  • You thought nobody cared, but we did, we could tell
  • And now you'll dance through the days while the orchestra plays
  • And oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, you're aging well.'
  • Now when I was fifteen, oh I knew it was over
  • The road to enchantment was not mine to take
  • Cause lower calf, upper arm should be half what they are
  • I was breaking the laws that the signmakers made.
  • And all I could eat was the poisonous apple
  • And that's not a story I was meant to survive
  • I was all out of choices, but the woman of voices
  • She turned round the corner with music around her,
  • She gave me the language that keeps me alive, she said:
  • 'I'm so glad that you finally made it here
  • With the things you know now, that only time could tell
  • Looking back, seeing far, landing right where we are
  • And oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, you're aging, oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh and I am aging,
  • oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, aren't we aging well?'

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