"Old Before Your Time"
Written by Ray LaMontagne
When I was a younger man
Lookin' for a pot of gold
Everywhere I turned the doors were closin'
It took every ounce of faith I had
To keep on keepin' on
And still I felt like I was only losin'
I refused then like I do now
To let anybody tie me down
I lost a few good friends along the way
I was raised up poor and I wanted more
And maybe I'm a little too proud
Lookin' back I see a kid who was just afraid
Hungry and old before his time
Through the years I've known
My share of broken hearted fools
And those who couldn't choose
A path worth taking
There's nothin' in the world so sad
As talking to a man
Who never knew his life was his for making
Ain't it about time you realize
It's not worth keepin' score
You win some, you lose some and you let it go
What's the use of stacking
On every failure another stone
'Til you find you've spent your whole life
Lonely and old before your time
It took so long to see
That truth was all around me
Now the wren has gone to roost
The sky is turnin' gold
Like the sky my soul is also turnin'
Turnin' from the past at last
And all I've left behind
Could it be that I am finally learnin'?
Learnin' I'm deservin' of love
And a peaceful heart
Won't tear myself apart no more for tryin'
Tired of lyin' to myself
Tryin' to buy what can't be bought
It's not livin' that you're doin' if it feels like dyin'
It's cryin', growin' old before your time
Cryin', growin' old before your time