The Young and the Old

SONG COMPOSERS, LYRICS AND BACKGROUND

LYRICS

Whoa oh

Staggering home everybody sings (whoa oh)
All the old songs, the cockney routines (whoa oh)
All the old women, all the young men (whoa oh)
Try changing places then back again (whoa oh)

Old man in the morning
Young man at night
Breakfast full of wisdom
Until you hit the lights

Knock back the drinks, hitch up your skirt (whoa oh)
Fall over backwards, undo your shirt (whoa oh)
Everyone shouting what a terrible state (whoa oh)
Age creeping backwards as it gets late (whoa oh)

Old man in the morning
Young man at night
Breakfast full of wisdom
Until you hit the lights

Have a quick short forget about work (whoa oh)
Have a couple more then you go berserk (whoa oh)
Who cares about this morning wise old man (whoa oh)
The wisdom comes up later and goes down the pan (whoa oh)

Old man in the morning
Young man at night
Breakfast full of wisdom
Until you hit the lights

Then another round, forget who’s turn (whoa oh)
Waking up to feel your stomach churn (whoa oh)
Who’s in the chair and who’s on the floor (whoa oh)
Incoherants knocking on the door (whoa oh)

Old man in the morning
Young man at night
Breakfast full of wisdom
Until you hit the lights
Hit the lights

COMPOSERS

ComposerRole
Mike Barson Music
Graham McPherson Words

BACKGROUND

Suggs says the track “The Young and The Old” is about getting drunk in the pub and noticing how old people acted younger as the evening went on. A very astute observation for a man of such tender years!

Some great lyrics here include “age creeping backwards as it gets late” and “wisdom comes up later and goes down the pan,” graphically chronicling ‘a good night out.’ Thommo, a huge fan of Suggs, as a wordsmith says, “another great Suggs lyric. He’s streets ahead. The song’s co-written by Mike Barson, and it’s organ-led until the fast handclaps come in and send it careering on its way. A taste of things to come.

References

RepresentationCompanyNotes
Publisher Nutty Sounds Ltd.
Publisher Warner Chappell Music Ltd.

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