Murray McLauchlan, l’auteur de cette chanson, était un canadien d’origine écossaise, immigré dans son enfance. Il est l’auteur de quelques belles chansons, dont celle-ci, interprétée par Tom Rush.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_jDROUOFcE

OLD MAN’S SONG

Hair on your head, white as the snow
Old man stand feeding the pigeons
Your body is rust, skin is like dust
Seen in the last light of the evening

Lines on your face each one a trace
Of happiness, distance and sorrow

Lonely you stand, weak are your hands
Old man with too few tomorrows
Memories gone, friends passed along
Old man stand lost in your reveries
Life has been kind, to give you this time
To dream unrestrained as the wind blows

People pass by, go on their way
Not wishing to engage conversation

You, you know why, one look in your eye
Reminds them their time is wasting

Hair on your head white as the snow
Old man stand feeding the pigeons