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  1. When You Are Old and Grey (Live)

    Selected Recordings (Live)

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  2. When You Are Old and Grey (Live) Song Lyrics

    [Spoken live introduction on Revisited:]
    [The most popular type of popular song is of course the love song, and I'd like to illustrate several subspecies of this form during the evening.First of all, the type of love song where the fellow tells the girl that although the years ahead will almost certainly destroy every vestige of her already dubious charms, that nonetheless his love for her will shine on forever through the years, you know. Another example of stark realism in the popular song.This particular example is called "When You Are Old And Grey,"and I'd like to dedicate it to anyone in the audience who is still in love with each other.]

    Since I still appreciate you
    Let's find love while we may
    Because I know I'll hate you
    When you are old and grey

    So say you love me here and now
    I'll make the most of that
    Say you love and trust me
    For I know you'll disgust me . . .
    When you're old and getting fat!

    An awful debility
    A lessened utility
    A loss of mobility
    Is a strong possibility
    In all probability
    I'll lose my virility
    And you your fertility
    And desirability
    And this liability
    Of total sterility
    Will leed to hostility
    And a sense of. futility
    So let's act with agility
    While we still have facility
    For we'll soon reach senility
    And lose the ability . . .

    Your teeth will start to go dear
    Your waist will start to spread
    In twenty years or so dear
    I'll wish that you were dead

    I'll never love you then at all
    The way I do today
    So please remember
    When I leave in December . . .
    I told you so in May

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    Artists

    1. Tom Lehrer

      Singer

    2. Music Director

    3. Lyricist