You're an Old Man Now
You crossed the ocean many times,
your sails bright on the mornin' sky,
and freedom was your flag,
just like the seagulls as they fly.
But you're an old man now,
you already seen your day,
nobody's watchin' now,
so take your dreams and hide them away.
Oh you're an old man now,
with no wife to hold your hand,
your sons are far away,
searching for some promised land,
So care for your memories,
and water them with tears,
so maybe they'll grow strong,
and carry you all through these years.
You're an old man now
your boats have all run aground,
fate has brought you here,
just to lightly let you down.
Hmmm.... I'm not getting that. To me it's more about just accepting the natural order of things 🙂
No, it's supposed to be about someone who made bad decisions, and wound up not having the best old age. Well, I guess that could be all of us! But I was talking about the more extreme cases of people who feel very let down by "fate," but actually it was their own less than perfect decisions.
Nope… didn't catch any of that lol. Perhaps it's the word "lightly" that's throwing me 😉
Yes I think that must be it. The word "lightly" implies gently and carefully. I had thought about that. But then I decided it's ok. He is let down and disappointed, but in a quiet and resigned way. And his boats all ran aground, which strongly implies a bad situation.
Very nice, Polly. I got what you meant with "lightly let you down," but then I'm quite a lot smarter than Tony 🙂
Actually his suggestion was good too. It's a very satisfying lyric. As Tony says, it wraps up well at the end.
I may or may not be an enigma