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Lyrics of Lowly Life

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

"Growin' Gray"

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 279

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Hello, ole man, you ‘re a–gittin’ gray,
An’ it beats ole Ned to see the way
‘At the crow’s feet’s a–getherin’ aroun’ yore eyes;
Tho’ it ought n’t to cause me no su’prise,
Fur there ’s many a sun ‘at you ‘ve seen rise
An’ many a one you ‘ve seen go down
Sence yore step was light an’ yore hair was brown,
An’ storms an’ snows have had their way—
Hello, ole man, you ‘re a–gittin’ gray.

Hello, ole man, you ‘re a–gittin’ gray,
An’ the youthful pranks ‘at you used to play
Are dreams of a far past long ago
That lie in a heart where the fires burn low—
That has lost the flame though it kept the glow,
An’ spite of drivin’ snow an’ storm,
Beats bravely on forever warm.
December holds the place of May—
Hello, ole man, you ‘re a–gittin’ gray.

Hello, ole man, you ‘re a–gittin’ gray—
Who cares what the carpin’ youngsters say?
For, after all, when the tale is told,
Love proves if a man is young or old!
Old age can’t make the heart grow cold
When it does the will of an honest mind;
When it beats with love fur all mankind;
Then the night but leads to a fairer day—
Hello, ole man, you ‘re a–gittin’ gray!