Forty years old    (clip)

 

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1. When I was young I was closest to her heart,

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    we were like one person, but we've drifted far apart.

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    Now when I need her most, she will not support me,

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    and if I won't go quietly, she'll have to report me.

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    She wants me to act like some middle-aged man,

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    I used to think she knew me, but she can't understand

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    that it's hard to make a living doing watercolor and collage,

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    that's why I'm forty years old and I'm living in my Mom's garage.

 

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2. My girlfriend's all but finished with her graduate degree,

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    she always knows the questions when we're watching "Jeopardy".

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    There's a coffeehouse near campus where her work is on display,

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    the critics from the weekly paper go there every day.

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    She's a true creative, which they cannot abide,

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    so they compensate by being condescending and snide.

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    They say her work's a mangled mess of macrame and mucilage,

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    but they're all forty years old and they're living in their Mom's garage.

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    I am forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's ga....

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    forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's ga...

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    forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's garage.

 

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+   My hobbies are Godzilla movies, mountain biking, and triage,

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    I've got to relax 'cause I get so stressed

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    from this incessant negative barrage.   + instr. = verse 2 , lines 1 - 6

 

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3. Mom wakes me up, she needs the car, for what I can't say,

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    she dresses up and goes out early almost every day.

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    I try to explain that an artist needs his rest

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    at least 12 hours, so I can be my best.

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    Now I'm outside sleeping under the hedge,

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    but someday they'll recognize me as the genius with an edge,

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    I'll meet with the New York elite, I'll be the Duke of Decoupage,

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    with a carhole full of limos for my sycophantic entourage.

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    Hey, at least I'm chasing something, even if it's only a mirage,

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    but now I'm forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's ga... (fifty!)

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    forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's ga... (sixty!)

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    forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's garage.

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    Now I'm forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's ga.... (seventy!)

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    forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's ga... (dead!)

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    forty years old and I'm livin' in my Mom's garage.     + Cm - G

 

(orig. = capo 2nd)    (Austin Lounge Lizards)