Birthday Boy Blues

from by Eliot Wilder

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It ain't no fun in growing older
It's just a big ol' drag
All my friends they are dying off
And I feel like a rung-out rag

All them presents don't mean nothing
I trade 'em all to be young and gay
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away

It ain't no fun in celebratin'
Yeah celebratin' it just don't work
They say 60 is the new 40
So why don't I feel like I am some young turk

They laugh about my old-age spread
They laugh about my hair of gray
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away

It ain't no fun being all broke down
And hear them kids call me sir
Maybe if I squint harder in the mirror
I could see myself as I once were

If only I could just put it off
Put it off for one more day
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away

It ain't no fun to raise my glass
And toast to being 62
What is worth commemorating
When I'm facing my own Waterloo

Wish I that could swish around the dance floor
Just like Danny Kaye
Yeah, put a candle on my birthday cake
And blow me, blow me away

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from L'Avventura, released February 11, 2017

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