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    "Old Folks" Lyrics

    Michael Johnson

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    The old folks don't talk much and they talk so slowly when they do
    They are rich, they are poor,
    their illusions are gone, they share one heart for two
    Their homes all smell of time,
    of old photographs and an old fashioned song
    Though you may live in town,
    you live so far away when you've lived too long

    And have they laughed too much,
    do their dry voices crack talking of times gone by
    And have they cried too much,
    a tear or two still always seems to cloud the eye

    They tremble as they watch the old silver clock when day is through
    It tick-tocks oh so slow, it says yes,
    it says no, it says I'll wait for you

    The old folks dream no more,
    the book have gone to sleep and the piano's out of tune
    The little cat is dead and no more do they sing on a Sunday afternoon
    They old folks move no more,
    the world's become too small, their bodies feel like lead
    They might look out the window or else sit in a chair
    or else they stay in bed

    And if they still go out arm in arm, arm in arm, in the morning chill
    It's to have a good cry, to say their last goodbye
    to one who's older still

    And then they go home to the old silver clock when day is through
    It tick-tocks oh so slow, it says yes,
    it says no, it says I'll wait for you

    The old folks never die, they just put down their heads
    and go to sleep one day
    They hold each other's hand,
    like children in the dark but one would get lost anyway
    And the other will remain just sitting in a room which makes no sound
    It doesn't matter now, the song has died away and echoes all around

    You'll see them when they walk through the sun filled
    park where children run and play
    It hurts too much to smile,
    it hurts too much, but life goes on for still another day

    As they try to escape the old silver clock when day is through
    It tick-tocks oh so slow, it says yes,
    it says no, it says I'll wait for you

    The old, old silver clock
    That's hanging on the wall
    That waits for us all
    This song was submitted on August 10th, 2013 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Warner/chappell Music, Inc..
    Written by Gerard Jouannest, Jacques Roman Brel, Jean Corti, Mort Shuman.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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