Collected by Kay White Transcribed by M. C. Parler
Mrs. Walter Elam Morrillton, Ark. May 1, 1962
Reel 414, Item 19
Old and Only in the Way
As we walk down the street So how often we do meet,
Some poor old man whose life is but a - -
His life with age is spent
In his pocket's not a cent,
And for shelter he knew not where to go.
Chorus: Then let us cheer tham on
For they can't be with us long,
Don't sneer at them because they're old and gray
Just remember while you're young,
That the day to you will come,
That you will be old and only in the way.
Now this little song, I'm sure,
It is rich as well as poor,
Take a rich man when he's growing old,
His relation round him stand,
And his friends will clasp their hands, They are waiting him to die, they want his gold.
There has been a time I'm sure That the young were not so queer,
But since that time there's been an awful change Take a young man's wealth and strength From his parents he will shrink And to - - - there seems nothing strange.
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