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I wrote this for my fiftieth Birthday (no one else offered) I found a CD of this and realized I'd recorded it about 15 years ago..only proves there is life after Fifty. Change fifty to sixty and sixty to seventy and it still works
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OVER FIFTIES PROTEST SONG
Words & music Franciscus Henri (Albert Music)


I pick up my old Yamaha to sing a Dylan song
I remember when, people sang along
We’d sing about the good times and we’d sing about the bad
Now I look down at my audience and I’m older than their dad

When you’re over fifty it creeps into your head
That all the things they say and do have all been done and said
I read it on a website on the Internet
That if he was alive today, Elvis would be dead.

I listen to my radio and I start to sing along
And I’m singing the words to thirty-year-old song
And when the Seekers tour again you know that life is long
They’re all over fifty and morning town has gone

I’ve got my cable TV and I watch it as I might
I’m watching ‘I Love Genie’ and the colours seem to bright
For the first time I saw it, it was all in black and white
And when they play Ed Sullivan its time to say “Goodnight Folks”

When you’re over fifty most of your hair has gone
I shaved off what left over, now they say “Hey wear it long
Short might be in fashion but only for the young
And take out that ear ring and stop having fun”

If I was a young man I’d know what I’d do
I’d sing them all some rock and roll and make out it was new
And if some bold old wrinkly said he’d heard it all before,
I’d say “You’re over Fifty you don’t matter any more.

When you’re over fifty it makes you stop and think
About giving up the smokes and giving up the drink
I might not be quiet over the edge but I’m standing on the brink
If I’m not down the plughole I’m sitting in the sink.

So lets sing “Times are changing” in the way we used to do
And get out of the old world and get into the new
We said that we would change the world and we did it ….well
Lets all sing those Dylan songs while we’re sliding into hell
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Uploaded: Mar 10, 2014 - 11:17:22 PM
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 - 02:58:15 AM Last Played: Jan 31, 2017 - 03:23:33 AM
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KCsGROOVE said 1352 days ago (March 11th, 2014)
fifties
can relate to the lyrics (I turn 60 this year)
great songwriting!
very much enjoyed
KC
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Franciscus_Henri said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
believe me
as long as the guitar hands work all is well
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Charday said 1352 days ago (March 11th, 2014)
I just turned 50!
Damn time flies! Great job dude, excellent vocals! Cool song! Jd.
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Franciscus_Henri said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
thanks
I remembered turning fifty when I found that old CD..the music is a bit dated but I put that down to when it was written
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Marino_Experiment said 1351 days ago (March 11th, 2014)
Over Fifties Protest song
Great lyrics. Not quite 50 yet but...yeah! I'm getting there! Great music share!
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Philip18 said 1351 days ago (March 11th, 2014)
Over 50s
A fine rendition! Much truth here...
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Franciscus_Henri said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
the arrangements are a bit ordinary
but I thought it was worth the post anyway....it's mainly in the lyrics
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PeterB7858 said 1351 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
Over Fifties Protest song
Liking the lyrics a lot, Franc. Quality folk rock vibe with just the right amount of wry humour in the vocals. I kept thinking Billy Joel at 70 for some reason... :-) Thanks, Peter.
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Franciscus_Henri said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
Try and avoid thinking about Billy Joel
I guess the moral is don't throw away old home made CDs before you play them FUN
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gadzooks said 1351 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
Over Fifties Protest song
Great "I can relate lyrics" ... enjoyed this!
Cheers
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Franciscus_Henri said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
laughing
through my tears
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DWL said 1351 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
Brilliant!
From a bloke wot turned 60 last year I can support the sentiment entirely ;-)

Great lyrics, succintly delivered and the quote from Morning Town Ride was a nice touch.

I loved the very 60s instrumentation.

Cheers

Dick
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Franciscus_Henri said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
morning town...
I did have a version where the verse went
And when THE EAGLE'S tour again........ Hotel California's gone
and it has!
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Garni said 1351 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
Over 50s
Love this piece Franciscus. Your lyrics and singing are wonderful. I really enjoyed this. I'm not 50 yet, but will be looking forward the day

G-)
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Franciscus_Henri said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
All you have to do is wait
what you play in the mean time is what counts.
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Vic Holman said 1350 days ago (March 12th, 2014)
relate
cool lyrics. my body tells me i'm getting older.... but my brain tells me i'm much younger. nicely done.
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Franciscus_Henri said 1345 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Its always your knees
or the lower back. Keep the brain going.
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carbon said 1348 days ago (March 15th, 2014)
over fifties
very much enjoyed! clever lyrics, very well done!
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Franciscus_Henri said 1345 days ago (March 18th, 2014)
Thanks for dropping in
one is only as young as you are old.
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JohnnyCanuck said 1322 days ago (April 9th, 2014)
Protest
Excellent tune. Witty lyrics and a nice melody. And oh, so true.
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FEEL said 1322 days ago (April 10th, 2014)
Solid song
The vocals, the composition and the mix sounds really good. The lyrics hit home as I reach closer to 55. Still hanging on to my hair.
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tmcfate said 1224 days ago (July 17th, 2014)
song writing
You, my man ,are a very good song writer. I will keep listening.
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Name: Franciscus Henri
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