The title track of Mac DeMarco's third album, this song finds him singing:
Oh dear, act your age and try another year Always feeling tired, smiling when required Write another year off and kindly resign
DeMarco told Mojo magazine that he penned the lyrics exhausted after two years of non-stop touring, when he called "the crowd, peasants and s--t."
He added: "It's easy to become an a--hole on tour, especially with people treating you nice. So those lyrics were me checking up on myself. The verse is like: 'I'm so jaded,' and the chorus is like: 'Act your age.'"
"Salad days" is an idiomatic expression referring to youthful inexperience, when people are very green. The phrase was coined in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra in the Egyptian pharaoh's speech at the end of Act One in which she is regretting her youthful dalliances with Julius Caesar. She says:
My salad days When I was green in judgement, cold in blood To say as I said then
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.
Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.