Young & Old

by Elsmore Carey

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The poem, "Young and Old", was written by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875). It appears at the end of the second chapter in his well-known novel, "The Water Babies". For me, it's a sadly beautiful poem about the naïve optimism and opportunity of a young "lad" who heads out into the world, only to experience it's hardships and disappointments. Maybe this "lad", in all his endeavours and pursuits, hasn't foolishly neglected the one he has been fortunate enough to find love with in his youth, and is able to enjoy the richness of that companionship in his later years.


released April 13, 2018

Words by Charles Kingsley (1863, Public Domain)
Music & Arrangement by Trevor Skead (2018)
Mastered by Tim Lengfeld


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Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Elsmore Carey creates simple and emotive songs in the acoustic indie-folk genre.


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Track Name: Young & Old
When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen;
Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
And round the world away!
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog his day.

When all the world is old, lad,
And all the trees are brown;
And all the sport is stale, lad,
And all the wheels run down;
Creep home, and take your place there,
The spent and maimed among;
God grant you find one face there,
You loved when all was young.

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