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Lyr Req: Too Old to Cut the Mustard (Bill Carlisle

mike@specsci.com 26 Mar 97 - 03:52 PM
dick greenhaus 26 Mar 97 - 04:09 PM
Gene Graham 26 Mar 97 - 08:31 PM
Bill D 28 Mar 97 - 12:02 AM
Gene Graham 28 Mar 97 - 02:31 AM
BillD 28 Mar 97 - 11:54 AM
Bill 29 Mar 97 - 03:17 AM
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Subject: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
From: mike@specsci.com
Date: 26 Mar 97 - 03:52 PM

A song I used to hear in the early 60s, but have not heard since then. Does anyone have lyricks


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Subject: RE: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 26 Mar 97 - 04:09 PM

Omigod! Recorded by Rosemary Clooney and Marlene Dietrich, with a harpsichord backup by (I believe) Stan Freeman. Fantastic record! Does that ever take me back.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TOO OLD TO CUT THE MUSTARD (Bill Carlisle
From: Gene Graham
Date: 26 Mar 97 - 08:31 PM

HERE IT ARE BY THE GUY WHO WROTE IT - Still goin' strong in his 80's.

TOO OLD TO CUT THE MUSTARD
Words and music by Bill Carlisle

1. [D] When I was young, I had an [A7] automobile
I'd scoot myself right [D] under that wheel
I had to fight the gals off [A7] with a stick
But now they say, [P] ..."Oh, he makes me sick."

CHORUS: He's [D] Too old, [G] too old
He's too [D] old to cut the mustard any-[A7] more [P]
He's a-gettin' [D] too old, he's done got [G] too old
He's [D] too old to cut the mus-[A7] tard any-[D] more.

2. When I was young I had a lot of pep
I could get around, I didn't need no help
But since I'm old and a-gettin' gray
The people all look at me and say.


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Subject: RE: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Mar 97 - 12:02 AM

I could swear I have a 3rd verse somewhere....hm.....into the files....


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Subject: RE: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
From: Gene Graham
Date: 28 Mar 97 - 02:31 AM

Yes! There is a 3rd verse...But it had slipped my mind. And my mind "slips" a lot here lately....

I used to could jump just like a deer

But now I need a new landing gear

I used to could jump a picket fence

But now I'm lucky if I jump an inch.


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Subject: RE: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
From: BillD
Date: 28 Mar 97 - 11:54 AM

I know what you mean....I'm getting to the age where I want to sing that song, but I can't remember it to sing it!! Maybe I'm getting oh.....ummmmm.....whatsisnames disease! *wink*...anyway, thanks.

(Other favorites.."Silver in the Stubble" "Over the Hills to the Poorhouse" "This Old House" "What's the Life of a Man".....and that thing Bruce Phillips & others sang '....I have led an good life, full of peace and quiet...I shall have an old age full of Rum & Riot, etc..' but I don't remember what he called it )


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Subject: RE: Too Old to Cut the Mustard
From: Bill
Date: 29 Mar 97 - 03:17 AM

Howdy Bill D,

Phillips' notes say that he adapted "I Have Led a Good Life" from an old song. I figure that you have it, but that others out there will be intrigued by your reference. Here it is. I do like Faith Petric's version especially, too.

I have led a good life full of peace and quiet,

Now I shall have an old age full of rum and riot;

Yes, I have been a good lad, careful and artistic;

Now I shall have an old age, coarse and anarchistic.

Once I paid my taxes and followed every rule;

Banker, boss, and bureaucrat thought me a willing tool;

I voted Democratic and paid the church its due;

Now all those swine will have to find some other chump to screw.

Of interest, banks and credit, insurance, tax and rent,

Of lawyers, agents, generals and clerics I repent.

With this (action here flashing a certain finger) for corporations and scorn for those elected,

I shall be an old bum, loved but unrespected.

Allinkausay, Bill


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