The Old Man's Back Again
Scott Walker Lyrics


I seen a hand, I seen a vision
It was reaching through the clouds
To risk a dream, the shadow crossed the sky
And it crushed it to the ground, just like a beast

The old man's back again
The old man's back again

I seen a woman, standing in the snow
She was silent as she watched them take her man
Teardrops burned her cheeks
For she'd thought she'd heard the shadow had left this land

The old man's back again
The old man's back again

The crowds just gathered, their faces turned away
And they queue all day, like dragons of disgust
Older women whispering
Wondering just what these young hot-heads want of us
And Andrei V. he cries, with eyes that ring like chimes
His anti-worlds go spinning through his head
He burns them in his dreams
For half-awake, they may as well be dead

The old man's back again
I see he's back again

I see a soldier, he's standing in the rain
For him there's no old man to walk behind
Devoured by his pain
Bewildered by the faces who pass him by
He'd like another name, the one he's got's a curse
These people cried
Why can't they understand?
His mother called him Ivan, then she died

The old man's back again
The old man's back again
I can see him back again
Da da da da da da da da

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Mir Sadat Hossain

I seen a hand, I seen a vision
It was reaching through the clouds, To risk a dream
A shadow cross the sky
And it crushed into the ground, Just like a beast
The old man's back again
The old man's back again
I seen a woman, standing in the snow
She was silent as she watched them take her man
Teardrops burned her cheeks
for she thought she'd heard, The shadow had left this land
The old man's back again
The old man's back again
The crowds just gathered, their faces turned away
And they queue all day like dragons of disgust
All the women whispering
Wondering just what these young hot-heads want of us
And entres vie he cries
with eyes that ring like chimes
His anti-worlds go spinning through his head
He burns them in his dreams
for half awake they may as well be dead
The old man's back again
I see he's back again
I see a soldier, He's standing in the rain
For him there's no old man to walk behind
Devoured by his pain
bewildered by the faces who pass him by
He'd like another name the one he's got's a curse
These people cried
Why can't they understand
His mother called him Ivan then she died
The old man's back again
The old man's back again
I can see him back again



Olivier Salomon

I seen a hand, I seen a vision
It was reaching through the clouds
To risk a dream, the shadow crossed the sky
And it crushed it to the ground, just like a beast
The old man's back again
The old man's back again
I seen a woman, standing in the snow
She was silent as she watched them take her man
Teardrops burned her cheeks
For she'd thought she'd heard the shadow had left this land
The old man's back again
The old man's back again
The crowds just gathered, their faces turned away
And they queue all day, like dragons of disgust
Older women whispering
Wondering just what these young hot-heads want of us
And Andrei V. he cries, with eyes that ring like chimes
His anti-worlds go spinning through his head
He burns them in his dreams
For half-awake, they may as well be dead
The old man's back again
I see he's back again
I see a soldier, he's standing in the rain
For him there's no old man to walk behind
Devoured by his pain
Bewildered by the faces who pass him by
He'd like another name, the one he's got's a curse
These people cried
Why can't they understand?
His mother called him Ivan, then she died
The old man's back again
The old man's back again
I can see him back again
Da da da da da da da da



All comments from YouTube:

Stuart Mac

It's all too plain to see that the old man is indeed back again....if he ever left.

This song is so understated but conveys such a sad and disturbing reality with its oblique lyrical images and musical hooks.

Edit: Until this morning I'd strangely also want to get up and groove along when hearing this tune, despite the sentiments...sentiments too raw now.

May sense and peace prevail...

t40onbass

@Clanger Activist It's really a good record as it stands.
Scott Walker got more across in this short song than you most likely have or ever will in your lifetime of speaking.

Clanger Activist

This is very obviously not about the people of Ukraine and their opinions, and more about your need to believe you have seen a truth that has eluded everyone else, and that you are important because of this. I will not make any patronising requests for you to “educate yourself” because like most professional western dissidents it has nothing to do with victims of real oppression and more to do with you.

ramones1337

and btw if you`re anyhow about to blame Putin, Russia, Russians etc. in war, please just remember Iraq, Iran, Syria, Vietnam, Afghanistan etc. and don`t forget to blame USA too. But better just pray for the peace and stop fucking up the sense of the great song, cuz` I don`t think Scott could have accept that kind of hypocritism

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Chris Leddy

The bassline is incredible. Its like a stranger rummaging in your backpack.

Cryptic Cocktails

Favorite baseline aside from “if you want me to stay”

Bruzrk gro-Malog

Jesus. That's so brilliantly described!

Adam Beecroft

@Michael Brassington thats what i too thought it sounds like

Deviceology

How very descriptive of you. I wholeheartedly am in full agreement.

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Basement Prophet

Listening to this song today is kind of depressing.
History straight up repeating itself and we were at this point of history before.
Peace is the only solution.

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