The Delilahs : Wasted On The Young

The other day, I was reading a blog post about how the blogger dreamed about the times when they were young. A time without the responsibility, the bills, the obligations… a time of true freedom and happiness. At one point the blogger states “I know that I am not too old to have dreams or plans for the future, but it seems unlikely at my age I could, say, start a new sport and train really hard and end up in the Olympics. Which was always the measure of my youth.” This idea, that when you are older, and not having the youthful vim and vigor, not having the ability to do certain things when you are older, but want to now that you have lived more of your life, have more experience, reminded me of this song. The song is about an old man sitting in a park, thinking over his life, and watching people in the park, and how he could impart his wisdom on them, but eventually just feels that it would just be wasted on them, and they would have to live their own experiences to gain the wisdom for themselves. But the post reminded me especially of these lyrics:

Every day it seems so long but I don’t have many left
With all this time, I find that I’m regretting my regrets
I’m glad that I’m done working, I’m glad I paid my dues
I’m glad I’ve done everything I’ve done, and that I’m not confused
But I wish I had my attitude and I wish I had my spark
and I wish I weren’t just an another old man sitting in this park

But as he goes on, about some of the people in the park, and how he sees a little of himself in each of the people he’s watching. And after some thought, he gives some advice, which I feel are words to live by:

Every day seems so long but you don’t have many left
Don’t waste your time losing your mind, forget all your regrets
You may have to keep on working, but we all pay our dues
Be glad for everything you do, be happy if you’re confused
Just try not to be stupid and listen to your heart
Be glad if you end up an old man sitting in this park

Think hard about what you do, but not about what you’ve done
And remember it’s the truth that youth is wasted on the young

Here are the full lyrics:

Every day it seems so long
but I don’t have many left
With all this time
I find that I’m
regretting my regrets
I’m glad that I’m done working
I’m glad I paid my dues
I’m glad I’ve done everything I’ve done
and that I’m not confused
But I wish I had my attitude
and I wish I had my spark
and I wish I weren’t just an another old man
sitting in this park

Wished I listened to my wife
and paid attention to my son
And I wish it weren’t the truth
that youth is wasted on the young
wasted on the young
wasted on the young
I wish it weren’t the truth
that youth is wasted on the young

Broken hearted young man crying
because he’s now alone
A father driven teenager
with his nose to the grindstone
A woman has been drinker
with a narcissistic mind
A juvenile delinquent
with a conscience what’s legally blind
I see myself in each of them
and it tears at my heart
to truly be enlightened
one must languish in the dark

I feel for each one of them
but I see what I’ve become
and I could lend some wisdom
but why waste it on the young
waste it on the young
why waste it on the young
they’re proof that it’s the truth
that youth is wasted on the young

Your ignorance binds you
It frees you, but lies to you
It temps you, then neglects you
and rapes you and it stones you
it takes you and it owns you
my wisdom, it changed me
it saved me, but it made me
it binds me, it lies to me
it steals from me
and it makes me want to keep it from you

Every day seems so long
but you don’t have many left
Don’t waste your time
losing your mind
Forget all your regrets
You may have to keep on working
but we all pay our dues
Be glad for everything you do
Be happy if you’re confused
Just try not to be stupid
and listen to your heart
Be glad if you end up an old man sitting in this park

Think hard about what you do
but not about what you’ve done
And remember it’s the truth that youth is wasted on the young
wasted on the young
wasted on the young
Remember it’s the truth that youth is wasted on the young

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About whatisplayinginmyitunes

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One Response to The Delilahs : Wasted On The Young

  1. Wonderful post! Thank you so much! I’m glad my post was so meaningful to you. We’re all in this aging thing together. Good thing!

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