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Age with Grace

by Bill Metts

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This one was inspired by a conversation with my son.


Age With Grace ©
Words and Music by William Metts 2014

My boy and I were sitting at the kitchen table talking one night
You know…just having a little chat.
The subject changed to getting old.
That’s a topic I am familiar with so I told him that
it was a drag watching my hair fall out
and watching my body get soft and round.
I said sometimes I get so tired I feel like I’m adrift at sea
just waiting for my ship to run aground.
He got up from the table shaking his head,
took a step or two, turned around and said “I’m so sorry Dad”
I said “Hold on now. Please come back. Sit down.
Ain’t no need for you to feel bad.”
When he did come back he had a guitar in hand
and said “Dad I appreciate this bonding thing.”
So if you don’t mind I hope you’ll be so kind as to listen to this song
I wrote for you, and he began to sing…

When you get up and walk into another room
may you always remember why.
And wherever you go in the whole wide world
may there be a rest room near by.
May your Depends never bunch and all your farts be dry.
But have another pair around just in case just in case.
You know that’s just a joke, ain’t no need to have a stroke.
May you age with grace.

May you always be able to find your glasses
Remember too first look on your head.
When the family’s sitting around the kitchen table talking,
I hope that you can hear everything that’s said.
When you talk may your dentures stay in place.
May the mirrors be kind and hide the wrinkles covering your face
May all photos be taken before the wrinkles cover your face.
All kidding aside, that you’re my dad brings me pride
and may you age with grace.

I can tell by what you do that when I am as old as you
there will still be some fun to be had.
I hope when I’m your age turning the last page
that my kids don’t tease like I’m teasing you Dad

May you be able to keep Mama in a happy place
but have Viagra by the bedside just in case.
You know I’m just playing and it goes without saying,
May you age with grace.
Dad I’m just toying. Don’t know about you but I’m enjoying
watching you Age…..with grace


released October 31, 2019
Written, Composed and performed by Bill Metts
Photo by Jane Feldman at www.janefeldman.com


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Bill Metts Cape Coral, Florida

I have been playing guitar and singing for nearly fifty years now. I Started with American Folk and Blues tunes and finger- style guitar. Had a run in with a Classic Rock band for 6 years or so and I sure was glad when that ended. I spent 15 years playing in nursing homes doing standards from the 30’s and 40’s. Now I mostly write. You will see a bit of all the above in my songs. I hope you like. ... more

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