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Lyrics, tunes, and decades-old dreams

Deepest thoughts and consciousness streams

Filling up sheets and notebooks and reams

Where has it all led me

Steady gigs and one-night stands

Solos, duos, and countless bands

I never could quite understand

Why success seems to have fled me

The best part of my life is in my history pages

I find myself living in the middle ages

But what do I do if the fire is still burning

The ideas spring and jump and leap

I try to repeat them so they’ll keep

And while the baby’s fast asleep

I write them down

Chasing down a long-dormant muse

Hoping that she’ll light a fuse

And that I’ll manage not to lose

Her inspiring sound

I’ve gone through phases and I’ve gone through stages

And now I’m in the middle ages

But I don’t want to get sucked into nostalgic yearning

The young ones walk by me and stare

They like to make fun of my hair

And I’m amazed that I even care

But I do, ‘cause I was once one of them

And you know that it’s gotten bad

When I’m making noises like my dad

Pointing out the young ones’ silly fads

And poking fun at them

It feels like we’re being locked in cages

Imposed by the difference in our ages

When we could be looking at each other and learning

But I can’t change things, so I write these pages

As I get bummed out in the middle ages

Trying to figure out what to do with a fire still burning.

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"The Middle Ages" - original AI art by The Hesh Inc.
The best part of my life is in my history pages / I find myself living in the middle ages.

Teenagers aren't the only ones with angst ... it hits middle-agers as well, sometimes in the form of a midlife crisis that manifests in the form of affairs, sportscars, profligacy, and who knows what else. In musicians, especially those with huge backlogs of unrecorded material and no shot at the big time, it can be especially painful.

I wrote this one sometime in the latter half of the 2000s, while living at the Jersey Shore after having returned from my first spell in Los Angeles. The angst had bitten me particularly hard, coming as it did after a second divorce and a second cross-country move. No music yet.

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