You're Aging Well 
Dar Williams ( 1993 Burning Field Music, ASCAP, Administered by Bug)

Why is it that as we grow older and stronger 
The road signs point us adrift and make us afraid 
Saying, "You never can win," "Watch your back," "Where's your husband?" 
Oh I don't like the signs that the signmakers made. 
So I'm going to steal out with my paint and my brushes 
I'll change the directions, I'll hit every street 
It's the Tinseltown scandal, the Robin Hood vandal 
She goes out and steals the King's English 
And in the morning you wake up and the signs point to you 

They say, 
"I'm so glad that you finally made it here," 
"You thought nobody cared, but I did, I could tell," 
And "This is your year," and "It always starts here," 
And oh, "You're aging well."

Well I know a woman with a collections of sticks 
She could fight back the hundreds of voices she heard 
And she could poke at the greed, she could fend off her need 
And with anger she found she could pound every word. 
But one voice got through, caught her up by surprise 
It said, "Don't hold us back we're the story you tell," 
And no sooner than spoken, a spell had been broken 
And the voices before her were trumpets and tympani 
Violins, basses and woodwinds and cellos, singing 

"We're so glad that you finally made it here 
You thought nobody cared, but we did, we could tell 
And now you'll dance through your days while the orchestra plays 
And oh, you're aging well."

Now when I was fifteen, oh I knew it was over 
The road to enchantment was not mine to take 
'Cause lower calf, upper arm should be half what they are 
I was breaking the laws that the signmakers made 
And all I could eat was the poisonous apple 
And that's not at story I was meant to survive 
I was all out of choices, but the woman of voices 
She turned round the corner with music around her, 
She gave me the language that keeps me alive, she said

"I'm so glad that you finally made it here 
With the things you know now, that only time could tell 
Looking back, seeing far, landing right where we are 
And oh, you're aging, oh, and I am aging, oh, aren't we aging well?"

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