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Songs about retirement / for a retirement party

21 Mar 01 - 12:33 PM (#422480)
Subject: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Naemanson

Next week a close friend will be retiring after 24 years in her second career as a marketing representative for Pfizer. (We have always referred to her as our own junkie dealer.)

She has asked me to sing something at her retirement party and I am coming up short on songs of retirement. Thanks to Jeri I have PROSPECT, PROVIDENCE, PERSEVERANCE but no others come to mind.

How about it gang? Any input? I'll need words and tune.

[Many song titles in this thread have been converted to links by a Mudelf.]


21 Mar 01 - 12:35 PM (#422485)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Matt_R

WHEN I'M SIXTY-FOUR --The Beatles


21 Mar 01 - 12:44 PM (#422497)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Dita (at work)

Peggy Seeger wrote one called "THAT'S HOW THE WORLD GOES ON" More applicable to male perhaps - it's subject is how sailors, miners, etc, get to retire but lovers never do.
love, john


21 Mar 01 - 12:48 PM (#422505)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Naemanson

By the way, the songs have to be something I can sing without accompaniment.


21 Mar 01 - 12:50 PM (#422509)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Matt_R

Dies Irae


21 Mar 01 - 12:52 PM (#422510)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: mousethief

"TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT"?
"I'm Free" by the Who?

Retiring is not something most "folk" have ever gotten to do. It's a fairly recent phenomenon, really.


21 Mar 01 - 12:56 PM (#422512)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Bruce O.

I've been retired (partly) for 13 years, but haven't had time to sing about it. I'm on the edge of being again temporarily unretired. Those slim retirement checks are much easier to get rid of than those regular old bloated paychecks.


21 Mar 01 - 01:04 PM (#422521)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Hollowfox

"GET UP AND GO", from DT? Might work.


21 Mar 01 - 01:10 PM (#422529)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: mousethief

How about "TIME FOR LIVIN'" by the Association?


21 Mar 01 - 01:13 PM (#422532)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Hollowfox

Or how about "BRING FLOWERS" by Malvina Reynolds? (didn't see it in DT). The chorus is:

Bring flowers, bring flowers,
Not lilies, but roses in showers,
And lilacs and daisies and daffodils sweet
For the guy who is still on his feet!

It's about praising somebody before the funeral instead of during it; sounds strange, putting it like that, but I think it'd work.


21 Mar 01 - 01:25 PM (#422539)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: mousethief

This is still gnawing at my brain.

"I GOT A NAME" by Jim Croce would fit nicely.


21 Mar 01 - 01:35 PM (#422547)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Barbara Shaw

I recently retired, and the kinds of songs that come to mind for me would be:

>a href=/thread.cfm?threadid=8056#1440989>OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE
HOLD WHAT YOU'VE GOT (I'm Coming Home Baby)
WILL YOU MISS ME (When I'm Gone)?
Life's Evening Sun (A BEAUTIFUL LIFE)

Good luck!


21 Mar 01 - 01:39 PM (#422551)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Pseudolus

(I don't wanna work. I just wanna) BANG ON THE DRUM ALL DAY (Todd Rundgen)
DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY (Bobby McFerrin)

Frank


21 Mar 01 - 01:43 PM (#422553)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: mousethief

MONEY FOR NOTHING (Dire Straits)?


21 Mar 01 - 01:49 PM (#422556)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: BobP

Here's a short ditty, easy to learn and all in room will know melody.
Happy Trails to you, you've said with work you're through,
Happy Trails to you, you've o-ther stuff to do.
Who cares if you're employed when you're with us dear,
Who cares if thinking 'bout it makes you cuss dear,
Happy Trails to you, from your loy-al crew.


21 Mar 01 - 02:42 PM (#422579)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson at work

there's a great old protest song, Joe Glazer I think, "TOO OLD TO WORK (and too young to die)" I learned it out of John Greenway's American Folk Songs of Protest. If that isn't appropriate, try Roy Acuff's OLD AGE PENSION CHECK. . . . And now for something completely different, the Waterson's I LIKE TO RISE WHEN THE SUN SHE RISES is a good choice!


21 Mar 01 - 04:28 PM (#422642)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Anon2

Retirement music is easier. Just connect a tie rod from the front of one of the rockers of your rocking-chair to the crank of a barrel organ, or better, get the plans from Dick Rodgers for his mechanical version of the steam-driven hurdy-gurdy, and do the key business with your toes.


21 Mar 01 - 05:33 PM (#422705)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Joe Offer

Gee, I hope you all remember that it's the custom to post lyrics if we don't have 'em. It seems like a lot of retirement songs are sad, and I certainly haven't experienced much sadness from my 18 months of retirement. I'll have to think of some happy retirement songs. Just now, the one that comes to mind doesn't apply - ALL USED UP
Here's a happy one by Peter Krug - GERITOL GYPSY.
-Joe Offer, retired-


21 Mar 01 - 06:08 PM (#422740)
Subject: add: THAT'S HOW THE WORLD GOES ON ^^
From: Joe Offer

THAT'S HOW THE WORLD GOES ON
(Peggy Seeger)

When a miner gets old, he leaves the coal-face,
Abandons his work and the tools of his trade;
The mine was his life but the life got too tough,
When a miner gets old, they pension him off.
Now he looks to his garden, walks down to the pub,
Goes out with the wife, plays darts at the club.
*A strong young miner is filling his tubs-
That's how the world goes on.

Chorus: That's how the world goes on and on,
That's how the world goes on;
A strong young miner is filling his tubs-
That's how the world goes on.

When a seaman gets old, he retires to land,
Leaving the skills that were at his command;
He dreams of his ship and it's hard to be free,
When a seaman gets old, he's not welcome at sea.
Now he sits on a bench and he cracks with his mates,
Hangs around harbours and dockyard gates.
A strong young seaman has taken his place-
That's how the world goes on. (chorus)

When a lover grows old, he's tempted to spurn
The knowledge that took him a lifetime to learn;
But a woman is more than a mine or a ship-
My lover's grown old and I won't let him quit.
You've still got the job, you've a garden to tend,
No pension for lovers, just toil to the end.
*It's time to clock on, love, so kiss me again,
That's how the world goes on. (chorus)

*This line becomes the third line of each following chorus.

Source: Peggy Seeger Songbook
copyright 1992, Peggy Seeger (written in 1988)

@work @love
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JRO
Apr01^^


22 Mar 01 - 03:36 AM (#422959)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Sarah the flute

What about Vin Garbutt. I'm sure he does an unaccompanied song or two concerning retirement


22 Mar 01 - 08:46 AM (#423072)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: nutty

There's MAN OF THE EARTH written by Bernie Parry

ALBERT'S PRETTY FLOWERS by George Armstrong

OLD CISSY LEE by Vin Garbutt

SILVER IN THE STUBBLE by Sidney Carter


22 Mar 01 - 09:25 AM (#423101)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Pete MacGregor at work

Try 'THEIR WAY' in digitrad. Maybe it could be adapted for the occasion.


22 Mar 01 - 02:13 PM (#423383)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Naemanson

These are great! Thanks all. Now I have some work to do to sort through and find them either written out or recorded so I can get a sense of the tunes. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

Brett


22 Mar 01 - 02:29 PM (#423401)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Jim Dixon

"FARMER IN FLORIDA," by Sally Rogers, but it's a downer. Sorry.

There's always "TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT." You might look for other anti-work songs.

What does your friend plan to do after retirement? How does she like to spend her time? There are songs in DT about fishing, for instance, and gardening, if those are appropriate.


22 Mar 01 - 07:25 PM (#423620)
Subject: Lyr Add: BANKS OF THE DEE^^^
From: bill\sables

BANKS OF THE DEE

Last Saturday night on the banks of the Dee
I met an old man in distress I could see
We sat down together and to me he did say
I've lost my employment 'cause my hair it's turned grey

Chorus;
I am an old miner aged fifty and six
If I could get lots I would raffle my picks
I'd raffle them, I'd sell them I'd throw them away
For I can't get employment my hair has turned grey

When I was a young chap I was just like the rest
Each day in the pit I'd do my very best
When I had a loose place I'd be filling all day
Now at fifty and six my hair it's turned grey

Last Wednesday night to the reckoning I went
To the colliery office I went straight fornenst
I'd just got my pay packet, I was walking away
When they gave me my notice 'cause my hair it's turned grey

Now all you young fellows, it's you that's to blame
If you get good places, you'll do just the same
If you get good prices you'll hew them away
But you're sure to regret it when your hair it's turned grey.

HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone, 12-Apr-01.


22 Mar 01 - 07:42 PM (#423635)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Roll&Go-C

Brett, you could do worse than "TIS OUR SAILING TIME." Then there's "GREY FUNNEL LINE" and if you're feeling cynical "THE DUMMY LINE." There's also Nor's story about the tank designer who gets laid off "THE BALLAD OF JAKE AND 10-TON MOLLY" and when you're really feeling bitter there's "(I'm Gonna) GO TO WORK ON MONDAY (One More Time)" by Si Kahn. You'll do fine!


22 Mar 01 - 08:10 PM (#423647)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Naemanson

And I just remembered "THE LAST WATCH" by Stan Rogers! I already know that one.


22 Mar 01 - 08:33 PM (#423668)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: jacko@nz

I sang Matt Armour's 'GENERATIONS OF CHANGE' at my own retirement


22 Mar 01 - 08:59 PM (#423689)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Tinker

More on the lines of aging rather than retirement specifically. Shel Silverstein has written some great stuff that is collected on the "Old Dogs" Cd (Jennings, Bare, Tillis, Reed) OLD DOGS ("He can still bury a bone"), CUT THE MUSTARD ("I ain't too old to cut the mustard, just too tired to spread it around"), and more seriously TIME. I'll post lyrics tomorrow, my server has kicked me off twice already tonite. Some of it may need to be folk processed to switch the gender but it's awfully funny stuff about life as we get older

Tinker


23 Mar 01 - 06:37 AM (#423900)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Naemanson

Thanks Tinker, I'd like to see the lyrics for those Shel Silverstein songs. I have a soft part in my head, er... heart for Shel.

Let's take this in another direction. Many of the retirement songs focus on age and slowing down and the negative side of retirement. Lets get some songs that focus on the up side of life. Maybe some songs about her hobbies and life.

She is spiritual so any spiritual song will do. I have access to tons of those.

She is a photographer, specializing in wildlife pohtography. She especially loves bears and her walls are covered with pictures of them including some rather heartstopping closeups (and, no, there was no telephoto lens used).

She loves to travel and will be doing more of that. She just came home from a trip to Ecuador where she was photographing Sea Lions and was bitten by one (in the butt!)

She loves to go sea kayaking.

She's in her mid sixties and single if there are any special guys out there looking for a mate. She's shopping around... (That's SHOPPing!)


23 Mar 01 - 06:38 AM (#423901)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Naemanson

And she's a birdwatcher and loves birds.

She loves her cats and is convinced she will be able to teach them not to eat her birds.


23 Mar 01 - 06:58 AM (#423909)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Dita (at Work)

Pertaining to her hobbies you could try:-

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC.

love, john.


23 Mar 01 - 11:36 AM (#424155)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Auxiris

Jim Dixon: I'd just like to say that "Farmer in Florida," was written by Kitty Donohoe, not Sally Rogers and it's on her cassette tape by the same title.

cheers,

Aux


24 Mar 01 - 10:58 AM (#424848)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Hollowfox

How about "WALTZING WITH BEARS"?


24 Mar 01 - 01:53 PM (#424948)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Keith A of Hertford

A DALESMAN'S LITANY is about giving up work in lots of dramatic jobs. It also has a cracking, and spiritual, chorus.
Best wishes,
Keith.


24 Mar 01 - 08:26 PM (#425152)
Subject: Lyr Add: QUARTZITE^^
From: GUEST,Nancy

Can't believe nobody has mentioned a lovely retirement song on Small Potatoes' "Time Flies" CD: QUARTZITE

Roy took his pension after 30 some years, A machinist at Allied in Cleveland
Now he passes his days pretty much all the same, Maybe listens to the Indians in the evenin'

He watches his options whittle down to a few, And his once wide horizons grow narrow
So Roy went downtown, took a second on the house, And drove home in a brand new Pierce Arrow

There's a cab-over Roadstar with a Datsun in tow, On a road ten miles out of Sedona
Three days ago they closed the house in St. Paul, And tonight it's southwest Arizona.

She's slower in rising, sometimes she forgets, And what's left of his hair has gone white
But by anyone's measure there's life in them yet, And they'll dance on the desert tonight.

Chorus: Up north where we come from it's snowing, of course
But it's warm as a baby here in Quartzite
The rivers are frozen way back to their source
But we'll dance on the desert tonight

There's a bunch of old duffers with drums and guitars, Tuning up on an old plywood stage
We'll pull on our boots and our best western gear, just to get out and act half our age

Ch.

I ain't leaving none of these pages unfilled, Always felt like a rascal, I feel that way still
Stay with me, dear, up this one final hill, And we'll dance in the desert tonight.

Makes me tear up just to type it!

nancy

HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone, 12-Apr-01.


25 Mar 01 - 08:00 PM (#425481)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Tattie Bogle

Not so much about retirement as being 50 (or any age you like to change the words to) "FREEWHEELING NOW" is a great song by Jim Reid, very popular when someone reaches a certain age: it does talk about the effects of aging but not in a negative way.

Tattie B


26 Mar 01 - 06:47 AM (#425675)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: cetmst

If there's a retirement home in the future, Ruth Pelham's "ACTIVITY ROOM" is upbeat. Chords and lyrics in "Rise Up Singing" which contains many other songs in its Time and Changes section.


26 Mar 01 - 11:25 AM (#425790)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE FACTORY LAD^^^
From: radriano

The Factory Lad by Colin Dryden is a great retirement song.

The Factory Lad
by Colin Dryden


You wake up in the morning and dawn's as black as night,
Your mother's shouting up the stairs and you know she's winning the fight
So you'd best venture out of your bed, me lad, for you know it's getting late
And it's down the stairs and up the road and through the factory gate

Chorus:
Turning steel, how do you feel,
As in the chuck you spin?
If you felt like me you'd roll right out
And never roll back in

Wet and bleak the morning as you squeeze in through the gate,
As you clock on your bell'll ring - eight hours is your fate
Off comes your coat, all wet and cold and, "Right, lads!" is the cry
With an eye on the clock and the other on the lathe
You wish that time could fly

The gaffer's walking down the shop and so it's work you must
The grinding, groaning, spinning metal - the hot air and the dust
And I'm often dreaming of me girl as we're walking through the park
Whilst I'm gazing on the blueing steel and a million flying sparks

Now old Tom Black, last Friday his final bell did ring
With his hair as white as his face beneath and his oily, sunken skin
Well, he's made a speech, and he's bid farewell to a lifetime working here
And as I shook his hand I felt I'd laboured forty years

So when me time it comes and at last I leave this place
I'll walk out past the chargehand's desk and I'll never turn my face
Up to the gates, into the sun and I'll leave it all behind me
With one regret, for the lads I've left to carry on the grind

Richard


27 Mar 01 - 07:00 AM (#426402)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: JudeL

How about "THE PARTING GLASS" or since you said she was convinced she could teach her cat not to go after birds perhaps she'd appreciate "THE CAT THAT ROAMED" sometimes known as "I can't fly but my moggy can"

Jude


27 Mar 01 - 08:38 AM (#426448)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Naemanson

The retirement songs are too sad and she is anything but. There will be a fair number of doctors and nurses in the room. How about medical songs? Something funny about medicine would be good.


27 Mar 01 - 10:54 AM (#426540)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: pattyClink

Another tack that would work if you or a colleague can do parodies: take the honoree's favorite song and write new lyrics. I came up with a fractured but tender spin on "GENTLE ANNIE" for my sister when she turned 50, it was much appreciated. Had lines like "so congratulations to you, don't let barnacles unglue you, make your next 50 be hearty and be hale".

We had a man leave our office after many years for something better; for him, we turned 'MY WAY' into "Ware's Way" and wove in typical, funny things he would do. Framed the lyrics as a memento. I think he took it well, and it gave the party a great focus and a lot of laughs.


02 Aug 02 - 02:51 PM (#758879)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Genie

Just connecting the threads.

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02 Aug 02 - 10:12 PM (#759061)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,jaze

"IN TALL BUILDINGS" by John Hartford


05 Aug 02 - 05:42 AM (#759929)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Hrothgar

If you want a Colin Dryden song about retirement, try "Old Sither," but it's not all that cheerful.

If you want it, I can dig out some words. Tunes, I'm not into. That could make it awkward!

[Recording at Soundcloud]


05 Aug 02 - 12:50 PM (#760105)
Subject: Lyr Add: ROLL THE U-HAUL DOWN
From: EBarnacle1

When Bernie Klay announced his retirement to Florida, Jan and I got up and premiered a song we had written several years ago to the tune of "Roll the Woodpile Down."

When I retire in due time
    Way down to Florida
Mine Miami Condo will be divine
    And we'll roll the U-Haul down.

Rolling, rolling, rolling the U-haul down
That sweetheart of mine's of the Flatbush line;
And we'll roll the U-Haul down.

Mine condo will have an ocean view
    Way down in Florida
That the hurricanes will blow right through
    And we'll roll the U-haul down.

A redwood hot tub there will be
With Champagne and a Jacuzzi.

Mine condo it will be so neat
With plastic slipcovers on every seat.

[You can personalize it also. For Bernie we added
The folks in Naples had better flee
    Right out of Florida
Cause Bernie is the Terror of the Streets
    And we'll roll the U-Haul down.]

It really goes over well if you sort of gargle the l's and r's. Even if you start this as a solo, generally the audience ends up joining in. Feel free to add verses and play with it.


31 May 05 - 08:55 PM (#1497045)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,judy.pringle@titan.com

my husband is retiring after 23 yrs in the Air Force, he wants a song that reflects his childhood thru the adult years accompanied witha video of childhood/adult hood pictures. He doesn't want a sad melodramatic song.


31 May 05 - 08:58 PM (#1497048)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Peace

I saw the thread title and thought, "What could be better than writing something like, 'Hey, Jude'?" That oughta be enough to retire on, but then I realized what the thread's about.


31 May 05 - 09:18 PM (#1497061)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Sorcha

GONNA LAY DOWN MY OLD GUITAR???


31 May 05 - 09:22 PM (#1497062)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Big Al Whittle

How about a song from where he comes from?

there's lots of songs about where people come from about being a GEORDIE LAD, or MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE I'M A LONDONER or THE LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER, or IN MY LIVERPOOL HOME....

after all where you come from is part of your identity

all the best

al


01 Jun 05 - 03:59 AM (#1497199)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: patriot1314

My own favourite is "BLUE DENIM DAYS" by Ian Bruce


20 Feb 06 - 10:59 AM (#1673822)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,I have a retirement song that I wrote

It's called "Goodbye My Friend" -- to hear the music and lyrics go to www.trunorthmusic.com and click on "Goodbye My Friend."


20 Feb 06 - 11:37 AM (#1673853)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,A great retirement song!

It's beautiful & FREE! Goto www.touchedbyatune.com and click on "Goodbye My Friend"


21 Feb 06 - 04:07 AM (#1674613)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,J C

Two songs by MacColl if you can get his 'Songs of Ewan MacColl' book
THE RAMBLER FROM CLARE - written for 'The Irishmen' film circa 1964
LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF A NOBODY (Festival of Fools 1968)


21 Feb 06 - 04:12 AM (#1674615)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Paco Rabanne

"DEATH WALKS BEHIND YOU" by Atomic Rooster.


21 Feb 06 - 02:04 PM (#1675006)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: KenBrock

"ONE MORE MINUTE" by Weird Al Yankovic


22 Feb 06 - 04:50 AM (#1675582)
Subject: Lyr Add: EASY STREET
From: sinpelo

The style is anything but folk, you'll have to figure out your own tune and it's probably the367th song called Easy Street but it IS about retirement (at least it's short and over with fairly quickly....... the song, that is. Not retirement.)

Easy Street

I'm putting my worries in storage
I'm turning down the heat
I'm directing my feet
To Easy Street

I'm smoothing over my raw edges
My disposition is sweet
I'm directing my feet
To Easy Street

There's things I always wanted to do
But never had time enough
Now I've time on my hands
To at least try a few
If only I still had the puff

I'm handing over the whole shaboodle
It's time I took a back seat
I'm directing my feet
To Easy Street

instrumental period

I've lived life in the Fast Lane
It's time I started to slow
Now I get hemorrhoids
And varricose veins
Oh Sweet Bird of Youth
Where the f**k did you go?

I'm handing over the whole shaboodle
It's time I took a back seat
I'm directing my feet
To Easy Street


23 Feb 06 - 04:57 PM (#1677099)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST

Five for Fighting - 100 YEARS


23 Feb 06 - 05:07 PM (#1677110)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: katlaughing

Gonna buy myself a motorhome by Roy Bookbinder. Scroll down and listen to a sample.


25 Apr 06 - 09:38 AM (#1726884)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,susie

a very warm and uplifting retirement song is "Goodbye My Friend" (c)2006 by Susie Krauter -- you can find it here: www.touchedbyatune.com Hope it will encourage the hearts.


25 Apr 06 - 09:49 AM (#1726892)
Subject: Lyr Add: WALKIN' IN THE SUNSHINE (Roger Miller)
From: Alaska Mike

As a kid or an old fart, I always found Roger Miller's "Walkin' In The Sunshine" to be a great song for lifting spirits. I get to retire in 4 more years and I'm certainly looking forward to walking in the sunshine when I do.


WALKIN' IN THE SUNSHINE
by Roger Miller

Walking In The Sunshine, sing a little sunshine song,
Put a smile upon your face as if there's nothing wrong.
Think about a good time had a long time ago,
Think about forgetting about your worries and your woes,
Walking In The Sunshine, sing a little sunshine song.

La la la la la dee oh, Whether the weather be rain or snow,
Pretending can make it real,
A snowy pasture, a green and grassy field.


25 Apr 06 - 11:40 AM (#1727007)
Subject: Lyr Add: SHADY ACRES (Janis Ian)
From: bobad

Not exactly a retirement song rather a wry commentary on the retirement industry and on our society's attitude towards the aged, written by Janis Ian at the tender age of seventeen. She attempted to sing it on "The Joey Bishop Show" on live television and the censors tried to shut her down while on the air, but Bishop refused to let them stop her, and she was able to finish the song.

SHADY ACRES

So you've grown tired of your parents always hanging around
Now they spoil your children and having grandparents is out
Yes, and they raised you well but you wish to hell
That they'd go away so you wouldn't have to pay for their food,
Forget all the years when they paid for you.

Chorus
Send your mother to Shady Acres, send your father to Shady Acres,
We'll take good care of them, you won't be aware of them,
Send them to Shady Acres.

Well if one of them's dead, don't worry your head, 'cause we have a matchmaker
They can sit down and kvetch on the rest home steps while watching Green Acres
Yes, if you don't want to visit, well there's no requisite
We have foster sons and daughters to help all our boarders to stop feeling blue
Keep the checks coming and we won't bother you.

Chorus

Yes, our home's so peaceful, they die while they're sleeping, yes, right in their beds
Now there's no need for worry, we have our own mortuary and a beautiful cemetery
Yes, we are good people, we care for the feeble
We've devoted our lives to the husbands and wives
Who don't want their fathers around to be bothers
So send 'em, we're respectable, and tax deductible.

Final Chorus
Send your mother to Shady Acres, send your father to Shady Acres,
We'll take good care of them because we love them,
Send them to Shady Acres.


25 Apr 06 - 01:03 PM (#1727092)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Northerner

Marie Little does one about being old. Can't remember what it's called though.


25 Apr 06 - 01:13 PM (#1727093)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: John MacKenzie

Well I'm surprised nobody has mentioned my own personal favourite, which I used to sing a lot back in my 'bitter and twisted' days.
A song performed by Donovan called GOLDWATCH BLUES with this wonderfully evocative chorus,

Here's your gold watch and the shackles for your chains
And your piece of paper, to say you left here sane
And if you've a son who wants a good career
Just get him to sign on the dotted line and work for 20 years


Giok


25 Apr 06 - 10:36 PM (#1727566)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Joe_F

SAILOR'S REST, by Stan Rogers. IN THE SIDINGS, by Cyril Tawney.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Sincerity is so cheap, it's a wonder anyone bothers to be a hypocrite. :||


26 Apr 06 - 07:37 PM (#1728355)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Susanne (skw)

It seems Harvey Andrews' funniest retirement song hasn't been mentioned: LEAVING HOME (the parents, not the kids ...)


26 Apr 06 - 11:37 PM (#1728500)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Genie

I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out what the original question or request was, because the posts are not all in sequence, but here are a couple suggestions of songs for retirees or just for us geezers. ;)

WHEN I FIRST CAME TO THIS LAND
KISSES SWEETER THAN WINE
WHEN YOU AND I WERE YOUNG, MAGGIE
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
THE DUTCHMAN
MAIDS WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG NEVER WED AN OLD MAN - (just kidding!) ;)
I'M GLAD I'M NOT YOUNG ANYMORE (from "Gigi")


Of course, one could always anticipate a lovely retirement with Hoagy Carmichael's
UP A LAZY RIVER


06 May 06 - 07:00 AM (#1733920)
Subject: Lyr Add: YOUNG AT HEART (from Frank Sinatra)
From: GUEST,browsingGUEST

how about...
Young at Heart by Frank Sinatra

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you
If you're young at heart
For it's hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind
If you're young at heart

You can go to extremes with impossible schemes
You can laugh when your dreams fall apart at the seams
And life gets more exciting with each passing day
And love is either in your heart or on its way

Don't you know that it's worth every treasure on earth
To be young at heart
For as rich as you are it's much better by far
To be young at heart

And if you should survive to 105
Look at all you'll derive out of being alive
Then here is the best part
You've had a head start
If you are among the very young at heart

And if you should survive to 105
Look at all you'll derive out of being alive
Then here is the best part
You've had a head start
If you are among the very young at heart


06 May 06 - 10:28 PM (#1734282)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

The Ol' Grey Mare

She S&*((T ...on the wiffle-tree.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


07 May 06 - 02:16 AM (#1734395)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Bert

Then there's that parody of Last Thing On My Mind By Sue Trainer "Can't Remember THE LAST THING ON MY MIND"


11 Jun 06 - 01:13 AM (#1757186)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Guest

Here's a retirement song that is truly inspiring! Really a MUST if you love the person who's retiring! Check this out:

http://www.trunorthmusic.com/Lyrics/GoodbyeMyFriendSONG.html


11 Jun 06 - 09:41 PM (#1757615)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe

Isnt it time to Retyre (Retry) these songs?


12 Jun 06 - 06:03 AM (#1757821)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: stallion

PROSPECT, PROVIDENCE, PERSEVERANCE Kieth Marsden


19 Jan 07 - 01:07 AM (#1941305)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Retired in San Diego

I just retired today and my personal playlist includes:
SCHOOL'S OUT (for Summer) By Alice Cooper
BANG ON THE DRUM ALL DAY by Todd Rundgren
TIME HAS COME TODAY by the Chambers Brothers
YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT by the Rolling Stones
(You Gotta) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (to Party) by the Beastie Boys

Enjoy!


19 Jan 07 - 03:09 AM (#1941342)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Jim Lad

THE 200-YEAR-OLD ALCOHOLIC. Makem & Clancy Collection.


19 Jan 07 - 08:48 AM (#1941484)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Amos

TOO OLD TO WORK (and Too Young to Die) comes to mind.

A


19 Jan 07 - 09:38 AM (#1941527)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Black Hawk

ONEY sung by Johnny Cash

One I've been meaning to learn for years - lots of 'truth' for many manual workers!


21 Mar 07 - 07:15 AM (#2002936)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,shan in miami

I love using "THOSE WERE THE DAYS" either as is or making a parody.


21 Mar 07 - 09:53 AM (#2003018)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAST THING ON MY MIND (parody)
From: Rusty Dobro

THE LAST THING ON MY MIND

There's no lesson I'm capable of learning,
'Cos my mind's on the blink
I always hope that my memory's returning,
But I'm too old, I think.
When I go to the kitchen I look round in fear,
Am I here to get coffee or beer?
I look around for clues but there's nothing I can find,
I'm searching for the last thing on my mind.

As I drive in my car in the morning,
Where to go? I just don't know.
A suspicion is gradually forming,
That my mind's working slow.
Was I going to the station, or was it the bank?
Oh, why has the last hour gone blank?
I try to remember, but it's hopeless, I find.
I can't recall the last thing on my mind.

I had reasons a-plenty for going,
What they were I just can't say.
Now my panic is rapidly growing,
I've been in Tesco's all day.
Did I come to buy sugar, is it cabbage I need?
Was it Oxos or budgerigar seed?
I did make out a list, but I've left it behind.
Whatever was the last thing on my mind?

I know the capital of Texas is Austin,
I know Morocco's is Rabat,
I can name Southampton's winning FA cup team,
Just how sad is that?
But don't ask me to tell you what I did yesterday,
For my memory has drawn down the blind,
I used to get upset, now I'm becoming resigned
To searching for the last thing on my mind.


I


22 Mar 07 - 02:30 PM (#2004231)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST

FRED JONES PART II by Ben Folds

Best retirement song ever, very sad!


22 Mar 07 - 04:34 PM (#2004332)
Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: ONEY (Johnny Cash)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

ONEY
Words and music by Jerry Chesnut
As recorded by Johnny Cash on "Any Old Wind That Blows" (1973)

(SPOKEN:) I dedicate this song to the workin' man--for ev'ry man that puts in eight or ten hard hours a day of work and toil and sweat, 's always got somebody lookin' down his neck, tryin' to get more out of 'im than he really ought to have to put in.

CAPO: 1st Fret/KEY: G#/PLAY: G
[G] After twenty-nine long years of workin' in this shop with Oney standin' o-[A7] ver me,
To-[D7]day when that old whistle blows, I'll check in all my gear and I'll re-[G] tire.
The superintendent just dropped by and said they'd planned my little get to-[A7] gether,
Then [D7] he said I'd never made it if old Oney hadn't 'a' held me to the [G] fire.

I've seen him in my dreams at night 'n' woke up in the mornin' feelin' tired,
And old Oney don't remember when I came here how he tried to get me fired.
With his folded hands behind him, every mornin' Oney waited at the gate,
Where he'd rant and rave like I committed murder clockin' in five minutes late.

CHANGE TO A:
[A] But today they'll gather 'round me like I've seen 'em do when any man [B7] retires,
Then [E7] old Oney's gonna tell me from now on I'm free to do what I [A] desire.
He'll present me with that little old gold watch they give a man at times [B7] like this.
But [E7] there's one thing he's not countin' on: today's the day I give old Oney [A] his.

CHANGE TO C:
[C] I've been workin', buildin' muscles; Oney's just been standin' 'round a-get-[D7] tin' soft.
And [G7] today about four-thirty I'll make up for every good night's sleep [C] I've lost.
When I'm gone I'll be remembered as the workin' man that put his point [D7] across
With [G7] a right hand full of knuckles, 'cause today I show old Oney who's the [C] boss.

(SPOKEN:) Hmmmm! What time is it? Four-thirty! Hey, Oney! Oney! Ha ha ha ha!


23 Mar 07 - 08:52 AM (#2004900)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Trevor

To give the lie to Billy Connolly's comment that folk singers all sing about dead sailors, there's a great Steve Tilston song called 'Salty Dog', about a fisherman who's about to retire


18 Jun 07 - 04:00 PM (#2080234)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: squeezeboxhp

the best i heard was Roy Bailey singing (i told the dean )to the tune of i did it my way and if anyone has the words or if he has recorded it please let me know


25 Aug 08 - 12:29 AM (#2421581)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,rockmachine2112

it's probably over and done with by now but how about:

FOREVER YOUNG - Rod Stewart

or

I DON'T NEED YOUR ROCKIN' CHAIR - George Jones


25 Aug 08 - 09:29 AM (#2421715)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: SPB-Cooperator

Depending where the [erson is retiring from....

After a lifetime working in cryogenics - 'Freeze a Jolly Good Fellow'.


25 Aug 08 - 11:52 AM (#2421806)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: topical tom

Except for the first two lines "MY WAY" by Frank Sinatra could be appropriate.


25 Aug 08 - 02:47 PM (#2421909)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Amos

I just wrote one for my BBW's sister's retirement, which I can send out on request, but it is purely personalized.

Then there's "TOO OLD TO WORK" from the labor union movement. And of course, "TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT" by Johnny Paycheck.


A


25 Aug 08 - 04:47 PM (#2421989)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: Barbara

Peter Krug's "GERITOL GYPSY" (drive an RV 10 yards long, rollin' on down the interstate, just singing a highway song..)
Blessings,
Barbara


30 Dec 08 - 05:09 PM (#2527777)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,GQ

All of these song are coming up on google as not found. I have a great friend that just retired but I cannot find any good songs for him. I am making a slide show!
Please HELP!


29 May 09 - 01:45 AM (#2643366)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Manny

TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT-Johnny Paycheck

9 TO 5 - Dolly Parton

HIT THE ROAD, JACK - Ray Charles

WORKING FOR A LIVING - Huey Lewis

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY - Bob Hope

FREE AT LAST - Antony and the Johnsons.


15 Aug 09 - 08:25 PM (#2701304)
Subject: RE: Searching For Retirement Songs
From: GUEST,Guest Margi

Here's my favorite list:
I'M FREE - Rolling Stones
SCHOOL'S OUT - Alice Cooper
TIME HAS COME TODAY - Chambers Brothers
(You Gotta) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (to Party) - Beastie Boys
I DON'T WANT TO WORK - Todd Rundgren
BLUE SKIES - Sinatra (or anyone else)
BLACKBIRD - Beatles
WATCHING THE WHEELS - John Lennon
COME FLY WITH ME - Sinatra
A NEW DAY FOR YOU - Basia
I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD) - James Brown