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I taught myself how to grow old

One of my most favorite artists is Ryan Adams. yes, he’s a dick and he can’t take a joke (he has people thrown out of his shows when the ask for “Summer of 69” the similarly named BRYAN Adams’ 80’s hit) but his music is filled with angst ridden lyrics, sweet instrumentation and a lovely voice. This is one of my (many) favorites of his:

I Taught Myself How to Grow Old

Poor little rose, beaten by the rain
In the wind, in the gale, thunder and the hail
Sometimes I feel like I’m going insane
Without the numbness or the pain so intense to feel
‘Specially now it added up through the years

And I, I taught myself how to grow
Without any love and there was poison in the rain
I taught myself how to grow
Now I’m crooked on the outside and the inside’s broke

Most of the times I got nothing to say
When I do it’s nothing and nobody’s there to listen anyway
I know I’m probably better off this way
I just listen to the voices on the TV ’til I’m tired
My eyes grow heavy and I fade away

‘Cause I, I taught myself how to grow
Without any love and there was poison in the rain
I taught myself how to grow
Though I was crooked on the outside

I taught myself how to grow
Without any love and there was poison in the rain
I taught myself how to grow
‘Til I was crooked on the outside, inside’s caved
Crooked on the outside, inside’s caved
Crooked on the outside, inside is caved
I taught myself how to grow old

  1. June 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Granted he is a dick…but, I love his music too. He is absolutely, positively amazing. Ody, you are so smart.

    • Ody
      June 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Interview report – Tell me!

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