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When I was 10 I was 20, when I was 20 I was 12
I spent four years of high school trying to be someone else
And then three years of college, trying to learn whatever I can
Just to come back for another and find I don't give a damn

I never wanted to grow up, I swore I'd never break down
So I kept dancing in cooridors, trying to be someone's clown
I never raced for the finish, figured life would find a way
But now time's going faster, going faster every day

And all the storefronts are closing, drifting out to the sea
And I can't even think about what's gonna happen to me
I'm 21 in an instant, got nothing to fear
And I wanna be 21 while 21's still here

I know I gotta look forward, I know I gotta finish school
But now we're running out of money, yeah, we're running out of fuel
I know the real world keeps turning, I don't wanna stand still
But I'm afraid if no one makes me move, then I never will

You know I've shuffled and shambled through a quarter of my life
Before too long I'll have a mortgage, maybe kids and a wife
And the suburbs will all vanish, the coastlines will recede
And it'll be way too late for me to get what I need

Am I too late for adventure? Did I pass up my chance?
Should I have reached for that soft hand and asked her to dance?
I won't be 21 later, I'm only 21 now
And I wanna be 21 while I still know how

Now the world's tipping over, not much more time to be young
My dad warned me I'd be finished before I knew I'd begun
I got one year left of freedom, eighteen months at the best
Then it's a life full of compromise and working to death

I wanna cast off my worries, I wanna scream them out loud
Cuz there's an old man who'd kill to be where I am right now
I wanna leap without looking, I wanna run some red lights
I wanna make love to a stranger and not spend the night

I wanna run like a child, I wanna walk like a man
I wanna put all my faith in a rock n roll band
I'm 21 for a moment, 21 for a song
And I wanna be 21 before 21's gone

credits

from Old Enough By Now (EP), released January 17, 2015
Music and lyrics by Dylan Roth
Engineered by Steve at Barefoot Studios

Vinnie Daidone - Guitars
Keith Hasselbrink - Drums
Max Pfister - Bass
Dylan Roth - Vocals and keyboard

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