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Against the Wind
performed by Bob Seger
from the album Greatest Hits (Purchase from
about adapting to changing priorities:

"Well those drifter days are past me now
I've got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out
Against the wind
I'm still running against the wind..."
Cada Nino
performed by Tish Hinojosha
from the album Cada Nino (Purchase from
about hope for children and the future:
"Every child believes in good tomorrow brings
Every child's our faith to hold
What we leave behind and want for them to find
Is what we are today.
Veo en cada nino un porvenir
Esperanza, fuerza y paz
Mi ocupacion es dandoles razon
Que la fe no pierdan jamas..."
Chinese Café/Unchained Melody
performed by Joni Mitchell
from the album Hits (Purchase from
about reminiscing about simpler days:
"Down at the Chinese Café
We'd be dreaming on our dimes
We'd be playing - 'Oh my love, my darling
I've hungered for your touch...'"
The Circle Game
performed by Joni Mitchell
from the album Hits (Purchase from
about aging and the changing of perspective:
"Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over tenclear frozen streams
Words like 'when you're older' must appease him
And promises of some day make his dreams"
End of the Line
performed by The Traveling Wilburys
from the album Vol. 1 (Purchase from
about recognizing one is getting older but making the most out of life in spite of it:
"Well it's all right, even if you're old and grey
Well it's all right, you still got something to say
Well it's all right, remember to live and let live
Well it's all right, the best you can do is forgive"
Father of Mine
performed by EverclearC from the album So Much for the Afterglow (Purchase from
a boy growing up without a father:
"I was ten years old
Doing all that I could
It was not easy for me
To be a scared white boy
In a black nrighboorhood
Sonetimes you would send me a birthday card
With a five dollar bill
I never understood you then
And i guess I never will."
Living Years
performed by Mike & the Mechanics
from the album Living Years (Purchase from
about generational differences:
"Every generation blames the one before,
And all of our frustrations come beating on your door,
I know that I'm a prisoner to all my father held so dear,
I know that I'm a hostage to all his hopes and fears,
I just wish I could have told him in the living years."
My Generation
performed by the Who
from the album The Very Best of the Who (Purchase from
about the fear of growing old and a lack of understanding regarding older generations:
"People try to put us down
Just because we get around
The things they do look awful cold
I hope I die before I get old"
Old and Wise
performed by Alan Parsons Project
from the album Best of Alan Parsons Project (Purchase from
about dealing with aging and death:
"And oh when I'm old and wise
BItter words mean little to me
Autumn winds will blow right through me"
performed by Creed
from the album My Own Prison (
about a young girl whose needs are forgotten among other life issues:
"Expectations of another
Love given to the younger
Broken father, broken brother
Emptiness feeds the hunger"
Siempre Abuelita (Always Grandmother)
performed by Tish Hinojosha
from the album Cada Nino (Purchase from
about the love between Grandmother and Grandchild:
"Always, always Grandma
All my life I'll be
Full of love I won't forget
What you have given me.
Siempre, siempre Abuelita
Yo recordare'
Tus sonrisas acaricias Tu modo de ser."
Stones in the Road
performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
from the album Essential Mary Chapin Carpenter (Purchase from
about maturing to see social issues differently:
"When we were young, we pledged allegiance every morning of our lives
The classroom rang with children's voices under teacher's watchful eye
We learned about the world around us at our desks and at dinnertime
Reminded of the starving children, we cleaned our plates with guilty minds"
Teach Your Children Well
performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Purchase from
from the album So Far
about the importance of generations teaching and learning from each other

"Teach your children well
Their fathers hell
Did slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked
The one you'll know by
Dont you ever ask them why
If they told you you would cry
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you"
Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young to Die
performed by Jethro Tull
from the album Too Old to Rock 'N' Roll (Purchase from
about a former rock star's struggles with aging:
"But he's the last of the blue blood greaser boys
And all his mates are doin' time
Married with three kids up by the ring road
Sold their souls straight down the line
And some of them own little sports cars and meet at their tennis club do's
For drinks on a Sunday - work on Monday
They've thrown away their blue suede shoes"
When I'm Sixty-Four
performed by the Beatles
from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Purchase from
about concern about feeling loved and needed as one gets older:
"When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.
If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four."

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