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Life in the Sixties


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Warren Smith

 Genre: Ballad

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Poking fun at the aging process.
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LIVING IN THE SIXTIES (Buckley Smith)

When he was young
life was still fun
but now it's operations not orgies
reducing pixels not seducing pixies
that's his life in the sixties

acid reflux not acid redux
boiled fish not steak tartar
his idea of fine dining has become a microwaved entrée
that’s his life in the sixties

Observing the admonition to never get into a pissing match with a skunk
led him to avoid religious specificity to the detriment of his teeth, which
were always grinding. The rising tide of knee-jerk sanctimony and the
well-aimed stones of hypocrisy were within the Pale. He is not the Arsenal
of Apostasy but he takes heed of the tocsin bell.

liver spots not tequila shots
early to bed not late at the bar
an aching back after a night in the sack
that's his life in the sixties

out of work out of luck
the lottery's his hope for social security
running late running out of time
now that he’s reached his Sixties

the ponzi scheme ate the American Dream
then stuck him with the bill as well as the tip
he buys much less; it costs much more
that’s his life in his Sixties

laxatives to ease his expletives
he’s like a Yankee whistling Dixie
repetitive meds not competitive sports
that’s his life living in his Sixties
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Uploaded: Jan 22, 2013 - 04:26:10 PM
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2013 - 04:26:10 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 12:06:36 AM
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Comments
Skunkwrx said 1731 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
60's
Firsties.
Boy, do I have a lot to look forward to! What a quirky tune. I wasn't ready for that bridge. Full sound, nice double tracked vox. Thx.
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Warren Smith said 1730 days ago (January 23rd, 2013)
Going first
Someone has to be first : )

There are times when I love double-tracking (or tripling) the vocal tracks to make my singing presence more powerful. At first it was simply a compensation for not being mellifluous. And I suppose it became an attempt at adding harmony - although I still don't have the hang of that musical concept. But it has developed into a way to deliver alternative interpretations of a sung line by varying the pitch or stresses of specific words, which has become an interesting enlargement of my vocal recitation. Or so I like to think : )

Apparently I've reached the age where quirky becomes natural.
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alackbass said 1731 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
Life in the Sixties
Clever, humorous, and an all too true look at aging. The double meaning of the phrase "life in the sixties" is a great idea to build a song around. The lyrics alone require repeated listens or great lines could be missed.

Really original guitar work. Riffs that would make DEVO proud. Love the twangy tones.
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Warren Smith said 1730 days ago (January 23rd, 2013)
Double meanings
Yes, there certainly was an awareness that anyone currently reaching their 60s would've come of age in the 1960s. Here was an odd moment in the lyric writing. I was unsure about the rhyme "Dixie/Sixties," thinking perhaps it didn't quite fit conceptually, until I realized the Civil War was fought in the 1860s .. and therefore expanded the backward glance by another century.
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paul f. page said 1731 days ago (January 22nd, 2013)
Getting old---------er
is not something I dwell on, nor do I necessarily think of it at all in the terms you write about here. But having a sense of humor about the natural decline of our functions is probably as good a pill as any to swallow. Your clinkety-clank instrumentation does indeed bring on the squeaks and creeks and, so, it's very successful in that regard. ... I still remember filling up for 22 cents ethel. Yet I don't yearn for those days, either.
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Warren Smith said 1730 days ago (January 23rd, 2013)
Turning back the clock
No one wants to hear an old, er, I mean senior person detailing a list of complaints about aging. B-o-r-i-n-g. Yet to enthusiastically embrace tequila shots and orgies as an appropriate subject at sixty seems absurdly anachronistic. The idea is to write about current affairs. The humor, hopefully, of compare and contrast saves the day. I would not turn back the clock either .. but 22-cents-a-gallon doesn't sound all that bad : )
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DWL said 1730 days ago (January 23rd, 2013)
Brilliant!
Excellent on every level.

Lyrics, music, vocals

Liver spots not tequila spots

I just wish it wasn't true...

Cheers

Dick
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Warren Smith said 1725 days ago (January 28th, 2013)
Get another shot
Thanks for the visit, Dick. If only tequila shots were a cure for liver spots : )
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FEEL said 1730 days ago (January 23rd, 2013)
Ha ha
Funny tune... I was still pretty young then so I guess I miss out, or do I. Enjoyable listen thanks for sharing.
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Warren Smith said 1725 days ago (January 28th, 2013)
Missing out ...
Don't worry, if you live long enough, there's plenty in store for you : )
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Vic Holman said 1728 days ago (January 25th, 2013)
laxatives to ease his expletives
.... ha! great lyrics! fun late 60's pop psychedelia piece, ah yes the duality of time
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Warren Smith said 1725 days ago (January 28th, 2013)
Humor
Some lines are simply fun to write .. and sing!

It's tough to get that 60s psychedelia out of my head : )
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tmcfate said 1727 days ago (January 26th, 2013)
funny
the reminder of age can be so sudden. time spent observing how different each day can be is what gets in my way any more. today my joints ache when yesterday they didnt. and the world is not cooperating ether. well put and not as funny as one might think. well maybe it is.
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Warren Smith said 1725 days ago (January 28th, 2013)
Daily reminders
You are right, Tim .. aging is a continuous adventure (whether funny or not!).
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davisamerica said 1725 days ago (January 28th, 2013)
"repetive meds
not competitive sports".. lol. downloaded.
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Warren Smith said 1724 days ago (January 29th, 2013)
Competitive sports
Yes .. I have given up tackle football : )
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Jarvoid said 1722 days ago (January 31st, 2013)
Ah well ....
at least it's still 6 years away....although some of the symptoms resonate a little too closely already.....good fun and a great play on words and concepts....

Cheers

CJ
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Warren Smith said 1721 days ago (February 1st, 2013)
Oh well ...
Hey .. take your time .. there's no reason to rush : )
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TobinMueller said 1639 days ago (April 24th, 2013)
you said it...
operations not orgies...! Nice lyrics. smiled all the way thru. Thanks for sharing this :)
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Warren Smith said 1638 days ago (April 25th, 2013)
Operating conditions
Aging has .. opened up new lyrical possibilities : )
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sschedra said 1433 days ago (November 16th, 2013)
Ouch!
Ok, were you reading my mail? I am going to start working out right now. Warren, you have to be one of our generations best musical satirists. My suggestion for a signature piece by you would be to satire how your life and Bob Dylan's parallel each other in a perverse sort of way. I love you material.
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Warren Smith said 1432 days ago (November 17th, 2013)
Parallel
Dylan and I were born in the same town .. but different hospitals : )
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