When You Are Old and Gray

Album: Songs by Tom Lehrer (1953)
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  • Since I still appreciate you,
    Let's find love while we may.
    Because I know I'll hate you
    When you are old and gray.

    So say you love me here and now,
    I'll make the most of that.
    Say you love and trust me,
    For I know you'll disgust me
    When you're old and getting fat.

    An awful debility,
    A lessened utility,
    A loss of mobility
    Is a strong possibility.
    In all probability,
    I'll lose my verility
    And you your fertility
    And desirability,
    And this liability
    Of total sterility
    Will lead to hostility
    And a sense of futility,
    So let's act with agility
    While we still have facility,
    For we'll soon reach senility
    And lose the ability.

    Your teeth will start to go, dear,
    Your waist will start to spread.
    In twenty years or so, dear,
    I'll wish that you were dead.

    I'll never love you then at all
    The way I do today.
    So please remember,
    When I leave in December,
    I told you so in May. Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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