It is extremely entertaining to search for 10 funny songs about getting old. Many popular songs are of a sentimental or derogatory nature, but funny songs have the additional element of giving us a good laugh while bringing back memories.
- "My Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Went" sung by Pete Seeger on his Carnegie Hall album. The first verse sums it all up, "I wake up each morning and dust off my wits, Pick up the paper, and read the obits. If I'm not there, I know I'm not dead, So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed."
- "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" sung by Hank Williams, Jr. in his Greatest Hits album. Part of the song is, "I myself have seen my wilder days, and I have seen my name at the top of the page, but I need to find a friend just to run around. But no one wants to get high on the town, and all my rowdy friends have settled down."
- "Forever Young" by Rod Stewart from his 1988 "Out of Order" album. Bob Dylan had earlier sung a song of the same title, so, rather than face a plagiarism suit, Rod agreed to share his royalties with Bob.
- "As Good As I Once Was" by Toby Keith. "Girls, I ain't as good as I once was/I got a few years on me now/But there was a time, back in my prime/When I could really lay it down." Toby appears in hundreds of USO shows for our troops, decided to run his own record label, and even topped a Forbes list.
- "Too Old to Cut The Mustard" by Buck Owens. It was also sung by Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys. Roy Acuff was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1962. "But since I'm old and a getting gray, the people all look at me and say, Too old too old, he's too old to cut the mustard any more."
- "Are You Tired Of Me, My Darling" by Nanci Griffin with Chet Atkins on acoustic 6 string in the 1830s "Other Voices." Tecumseh Valley, on the same disc, sung by Townes van Zandt is also about getting old.
- "When I'm Sixty-Four" a love song by The Beatles, was released on their 1967 album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." This was written by Paul McCartney when he was only sixteen to honor his father who turned 64.
- "My Children Are Laughing Behind My Back" by Sam Eskin in his "Songs Of All Times." The Eskin Collection at the New York State Historical Association includes 434 reel-to-reel tapes, approximately 400 disc recordings, 800 books, and three large boxes of very interesting papers.
- "Arthritis Blues" by Butch Hayes and sung by Ramblin' Jack Elliott in 1962. "Arthritis is a thing to miss, It will leave you walkin' with a double twist. And it's all kinds of trouble, Gonna find you somehow."
- "That's Life" was the title song for a 1966 Frank Sinatra album. This was a Top 5 hit and was backed up by a studio orchestra.
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