Ray LaMontagne - Old Before Your Time Lyrics

When I was a younger man lookin' for my pot of gold
Everywhere I turned the doors were closin'
It took every ounce of faith I had to keep on keepin' on
And still I felt like I was only losin'

I refused then like I do now to let anybody tie me down
And I lost a few good friends along the way
I was raised up poor and I wanted more
And maybe I'm a little too proud
In lookin' back I see a kid who was just
Afraid, hungry and old before his time

Through the years I've known my share of broken hearted fools
And those who couldn't choose a path worth taking
There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man
Who never knew his life was his for making

Ain't it about time you realize? It's not worth keepin' score
You win some, you lose some and you let it go
What's the use of stacking on every failure another stone
Till you find you've spent your whole damn life
Building walls, lonely and old before your time

It took so long to see
That truth was all around me

Now the wren has gone to roost and the sky is turnin' gold
And like the sky my soul is also turnin'
Turnin' from the past, at last and all I've left behind
Could it be that I am finally learnin'?

Learnin' I'm deserving of love and the peaceful heart
I won't tear myself apart no more for tryin'
I'm tired of lyin' to myself, tryin' to buy what can't be bought
It's not livin' that you're doin' if it feels like dyin
Cryin, growin' old before your time
Cryin, growin' old before your time

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  1. Priya D

    Tunescribers has created sheet music for this, you can find it here: https://www.tunescribers.com/3057/more-work-samples/old-before-your-time-


    THIS SONG IS ME!!!!!!

  3. Paula bno

    Awesome song!!

  4. jcostello69

    This song is a perfect epitaph to my father's life - just perfect! every emotional detail. What a work of art

  5. Lucky Oswald

    This is poetry!

  6. Nightingale of sorrow

    I believe there are only a handful of passionate and soulful singers out there! Ray is one of them. Love him...

  7. K. O'Halloran

    quite possibly my favorite singer/songwriter.


    YUP!!!!...me too.

    Nice one.



    ....still has to be my favourite singer...i'm back here again.

  8. Moon-inn -

    Daytime favorite. Thank you 4 upload

  9. Ethan Smith

    This song makes me feel so peaceful... I love it! Thank you Ray for your beautiful music

  10. Katie Pascoe

    So soulful ♡

  11. Aldo32ify

    My favorite Ray song.

    Sean Meister

    mine too...those lyrics! wow.

  12. Justin N.

    heard this at work today 

    very nice .


    Ray heard a song at work....and RESIGNED....and became a pro singer/songwriting....inspirational dude.

    He inspired me to do it.


    Sonic Foxx.

  13. Jamie Hajny

    I love this song, have it in my iTunes, Want to use it for background  music for iPhoto slideshow but need permission. Thanks for this amazing song and all the others.

  14. Ken Campbell

    Great song.

  15. ricardo Gonzalez Jr.

    Soundtrack of my life.

  16. Maryann Pitts-Madore

    I am 67 and I never heard this song before, wow I love it and I am learning how to play it on the guitar, yes........

    Maryann Pitts-Madore

    Did you learn to play this song yet?


    +Maryann Pitts-Madore happy 69th birthday


    Happy 70th !

    Jay Baker

    Happy 72nd!

  17. Kathleen Buchanan

    and a woman's ; )

  18. Neil Kamau Crawford

    so true...sooooooo true...this will be the first song that my soon to be born son will hear...


    The lyrics are so beautiful, they'll haunt you long after the song is over and make you crave to hear it again. "...It's not livin' that you're doin' if it feels like dyin..."

  20. derrikdavid

    Beautiful, perfect song. : )

  21. SmOkEyJoE2323

    This is a lyrical masterpiece. Ray Lamontagne has unlocked the words to a man's soul.

  22. Arne Rechards

    when i was a younger man looking for my pot of gold" only ray can say that and let me cry

  23. Too Much Sus

    @carlsmithuwrf Amen.

  24. Alejandro Melgoza

    @bballboarder019 correction my friend * great * shit.

  25. Sam Laceky

    good shit

  26. x0xeliex0x

    I love that you don't have a live video.
    Thanks for posting this!

    Bruce Moneypenny

    I almost feel like Ray wrote this song for me