Old and Glad

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And feelings are pretend
Unless the feeling offends

You or a mom or your neighbor's dog Tom
And by five o'clock things are rolling along
The six o'clock news the news is old
By ten or eleven it's told and it's told
I can't believe that people listen
To all these things that just happened
And human interest is boring as hell
Bad news is news that all turns out well

I will be old and glad

And I will not give in
To feelings that offend

A foreign key to an open door
This nagging feeling we've been here before
A heart attack in a Cadillac
And Billy Joel where is your soul
Hackensack or Patterson
Let's go to a place where my father has lived
Not Beverly Hills a spaceship on Mars
Taking pills and lusting for cars

I will be old and glad

A thought parade on the Fourth of July
A hotdog is filled with the question of why
We pry and we poke selectively joke
About the things we cannot decide
And I want to be an American guy
With eagles that soar and mouth open wide
Singing the praise of American ways
Hourglass shapes and a litany of pies

I will be old and glad

I will be old and glad

I will be old and glad


from Vague Criticisms, released October 31, 2014


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