Old Man Walking

Im-a-grumpy-old-man-but-my-dog-still-loves-me___-by-Ed-Yourdon

He’s a grumpy old man but his dog still loves him. Picture by Ed Yourdon

Old man, where do you think you’re going
Nowhere in a hurry, that’s for sure
You don’t have much to do any more
Once you retired, they put you out to pasture
You’re angry all the time that much I can see
But don’t take it out on me
No, don’t take it out on me

Chorus:
Can you see that old man walking
See the way he looks at his life
He’s bitter because no one listens
To him when he’s talking
And neither does his wife

Perhaps he was a king of industry
Or a major in the military
With bars and stars upon his chest
Now he’s just a man and he’s quite ordinary
No more opportunities to prove that he’s the best
A leader no longer needed
His words no longer heeded

Chorus:
Can you see that old man walking
Do you know who he used to be
Angry at the world for being ignored
Left home to do the washing
The chairman of the board

He made few friends climbing the ladder
Success means stepping over some backs
Everyone knew him as a grabber
He never even bothered to cover his tracks
Now he walks in the park old man and old dog
No friends to keep him company
Nobody likes him he’s so grumpy

Chorus:
Can you see that old man walking
Keeps a business card just in case
Has money but his power’s been replaced
By wrinkles and stooped posture
A cane and a porch rocker

(c) 2015 Renata Manzo

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