The Old Man

Bonus Track By  Wahray and Soul

Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 4:38
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1989
Lyrics
There’s an old man sitting down on the bench
For fifty years he made a living with a monkey wrench
He shakes his head as three young girls pass by
Their sexy legs just make him wonder why
They weren’t around here fifty years ago
He could have made one of them his wife, for all he knows
But instead he’s stuck with the same old bat at home
She never gave him pleasure, just grey hair on his dome

He makes his home in Hazeltown
Where no optimists, only pessimists hang around

When the old man finally gets on home
He sees his wife sittin’ bitchin’ on the telephone
She says; “I don’t like Roy going out at night…
Don’t he know he’s supposed to sit around and wait to die…
Well, ain’t it sad but true what has happened to him…
I should have listened to Ma and got married to Tim”

He lives alone in Hazeltown
Where no hoping, praying, and wishing is not aloud

When the old man finally packs his bags
And leaves his wife behind in here pile of rags
He heads on south, out to find where rainbows grow
And maybe there he can star in his old Vaudeville show
He felt so free walking slowly in the calm, fresh air
He felt as though the warm sunlight could restore his grey hair
He said; “I should have done this years ago”

No Longer lives in Hazeltown
And no longer does he keep his watch un-wound

Composition © 1989 Ric Albano
Publication © 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Produced & Engineered by Ric Albano
Composed on August 6, 1989
Recorded August 1989
at Rathole Studios, Hazleton, PA
Mixed in 2003 & Mastered in 2011
at Cygnus Wave Studios

Performers
Ric Albano
Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Vocals

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: A song about the attitude of my hometown with a quasi-reggae beat. This is one where I flubbed the lyrics on many lines but recovered alright through ad-libbing. The flange effect on the vocals may be a bit much and the drums, which were intended to be centrally showcases, did not mix well in the song.

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