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Songs: I Don't Have To Worry About That

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One joy of getting older
Is all the doors that shut
So many opportunities
I don't have to take up
So much I can say no to
I'm on a different path
When fate comes calling at my door
I'll be in the bath

And now I don't have to worry about
Taking a teacher training test
I don't have to worry about
Getting any better at playing chess
I don't have to worry about
The ability to chat in conversational Spanish
I don't have to worry about
Getting my head around Quantum Mechanics

I used to wonder
If I was missing out
But now I know I'm not
Without a shadow of a doubt
I've seen all the support bands
I've read those tricky books,
I've learnt VB and SQL
And that's enough

And now I don't have to worry about
Finally, actually, learning to knit
I don't have to worry about
Developing a vegan version of fish
I don't have to worry about
Seeing every UK railway station
I don't have to worry about
Making a speech at The United Nations

There are seas I wish to sail
And mountains I would climb
But I will have more chance if I
Do not misuse my time
So sorry to sign languange and
Riding a motorbike
I'll be busy doing something else that I
Actually like

Because I don't have to worry about
Taking a trip to Vietnam
I don't have to worry about
Finding the time to make my own jam
I don't have to worry about
Achieving any kind of Personal Best
I don't have to worry about
Thwarting terrorism in a fresh white vest
I don't have to worry about
Standing for election as an MP
I don't have to worry about
Meeting and annoying Paul McCartney
I don't have to worry about
Cashing in my account with Griffen Savers
I don't have to worry about
Becoming a professional poker player
I don't have to worry about
Working out how on earth to beat match
I don't have to worry about
Seeing any kind of point to modern jazz


Published by Wipe Out Music Publishing

An unexpected side effect of going on tour with Mr Matt Tiller in 2019 was that I wrote a whole bunch of new songs - I was trying to play different stuff every night, and had included most of the new songs I'd written in the previous couple of years in my Big Song List, but other ones kept popping out of my BRANE!

This one is based on a feeling I'd noticed over the past couple of years. Previously I'd felt like it was my responsibility to do EVERYTHING, so that for instance one day I would be a teacher AND be an MP AND (somehow) have a career as an actor - basically all the DREAMS from childhood which I still thought I had to pursue, but these days I realise that, actually, I don't, and this then carries on to all the OTHER things I don't have time to get around to. It's a rather wonderful RELEASE, so I sat down and wrote about it!


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