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STAYING YOUNG From the Broadway musical "Take me Along" (1959) (Bob Merrill) Walter Pidgeon (Broadway Production) - 1959 Marty Paich (Instr.) - 1959 Rex Allen - 1961 Mabel Mercer - 1968 Damn, damn, damn ! A man is a fool to lose his temper He plays right into the hand of his opponent If a man perturbs the nerves that should be placid Only stodges turn to acid As they say in Christian Science, "Rise above it!" Should an elephant be panicked by an ant That's why a man's a fool to lose his temper Over a miserable son-of-a-...., like that Imagine that, that squeeky little rat What an evil mind a man must have to make him so suspicious His little angel with her turned up spout I'll bet a lump of butter wouldn't melt in her mouth My son Richard doesn't know the score yet I'll bet Richard doesn't even know what girls are for yet I should have taken that Macomber by the neck Wiped up the porch with him Dumped him in the grass Punched him in the nose I'm glad I'm not yet an old like that And wind up losin' my hold like that Should the truth be known He's resentful of the young 'Cause he's over the hill, lookin' back And his hindsight's all out o' wack I'm glad I'm not yet an old like that And wind up losin' my hold like that The moon has a few new wrinkles It shines a bit more silver now than gold I'm stayin' young, I'm stayin' young But everyone around me's growin' old When life only rains in sprinkles You've got to gather all your hands can hold I'm stayin' young, I'm stayin' young But everyone around me's growin' old While love is still my jewel of recollection No Valentine too 'fraid and frail to fold So I'll go my heart's direction My story's in the telling, not the told I'm stayin' young, I'm stayin' young It's wonderful the way I hold my own When everything surrounding me has grown so old REPRISE: The Moon has a few new wrinkles It shines a bit more silver now than gold I'm stayin' young, I'm stayin' young But everything around me's growin' old The house has the creaks and trembles And winter leaves her shiverin' from cold I'm stayin' young, I'm stayin' young It's wonderful the way I hold my own When everything surrounding me has grown so old My Wife, she's gettin' old I watch her when she walks and I feel a little ache It really is amazing all the changes time can make She asks me every day, "Is my hair getting grey?" And I look, but just a bit beyond And I say, "Hah, not grey, Dear, it's blonde" I seek not for praise, but I have some days When I look so young and sporty I get looks from girls, from sweet things in curls Some of them as young as forty When I meet some friend or neighbour I say it out of common decency I always say, "Why, you ain't changed a day" And then I have to laugh if they agree 'Cause everybody else is growin' old.......like me! (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - September 2005)

    


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