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Lyrics: Modern Maturity [Tom Paxton]

Written By: cahwyguy

OK, Folks, you know the drill. Allright everyone, let’s gather in front of our large, 13″, Black and White TV set, and watch as a tall, lanky man in a khaki uniform strides out, introduces himself as Sheriff John, and says, “As Tom Paxton says, when you reach a certain age, a computer somewhere spits out a card in a basement, and suddenly, a magazine appears at your doorstep. They no longer appear to call the magazine this, but the sentiment is still there.” This song is going out to [assignment: name]:

So when you find it in your mailbox for the first time my friend
You can tell that you getting older, you’re turning grey
It’s a first sign of decline, it’s a start of the end
When your wrinkles out number your hairs
then it’s headed your way

Modern Maturity, means you’re getting old
When you get the magazine
that you hide from your friends
Once it was Rolling Stone, it was thrill after thrill
Now Modern Maturity means over the hill

When Mick Jagger has his breakfast of yogurt and bran
Does he read of prescriptions by mail or of self-rising chairs
You can keep on rockin’ and rollin’ as long as you can
But then you sit in your little seat and you ride up the stairs

Modern Maturity, means you’re getting old
When you get the magazine
that you hide from your friends
Once it was Rolling Stone, it was thrill after thrill
Now Modern Maturity means over the hill

I’ve looked through its pages and what I see there
Is that everyone looks about twenty-five with white hair

You can buy polyester pants for nineteen ninety-five
You can get your grandchildren’s picture on your coffee cup
And if you’re tired of walking
there’s a scooter that you can drive
Or a button to push if you’ve fallen
and you can’t get up

Modern Maturity, means you’re getting old
When you get the magazine
that you hide from your friends
Once it was Rolling Stone, it was thrill after thrill
Now Modern Maturity means over the hill

MODERN MATURITY (Tom Paxton)
Copyright (c) 1993 Pax Music (ASCAP)

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2 Comments

  1. Hello. I’m visiting your website for the first time and like it a lot. Perhaps you can help me locate a song by Tom Paxton that I heard him perform Sunday July 29 at the Kate Wolf Music Festival in Laytonville, CA. It had the line “I saw the road that led to home but I took another way” and is about a young guy who finds a girlfriend but isn’t committed to her and when he plays a song on the guitar for her, he realizes it is his last “serenade” because she will be leaving him after that. So I take that “the road home” represents a true love that he wasn’t mature enough to recognize and “took another way” represents his recognition that he’d made a big mistake. Are you familiar with this song and do you know the name of it and if he has recorded it? I appreciate your help. Thanks.

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