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Richard & Linda Thompson - Old Man Inside A Young Man lyrics

Thompson

I was walking down the street when I met with Billy
He shook his head at me and then he shook my hand
He said "I've seen the world, I've done some living,
I don't believe in giving, you've got to take it while you can"

I'm an old man inside a young man,
You've got to take it while you can.
I'm just an old man inside a young man,
Take a heart and break it while you can.

He said "I'm sick of whores, madams and misses.
The only kiss for me is the kiss of a knife.
There's no one thing on earth that I'm not through with.
What can I do with the rest of my life?"

I'm an old man inside a young man,
You've got to take it while you can
I'm an old man inside a young man,
Take a heart and break it while you can

Billy turned and he walked away. He said "I must be going.
There's just no knowing who follows me around.
They see my fancy clothes and they want to shoot me.
I'd rather be dead on my feet than dead down in the ground"

I'm an old man inside a young man,
You've got to take it while you can
I'm just an old man inside a young man,
Take a heart and break it while you can

I'm just an old man inside a young man,
You've got to to take it while you can
I'm an old man inside a young man,
Take a heart and break it while you can
(repeat and fade)