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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Words For The Ages, Line Nineteen

"Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone."

What lyric has more succinctly captured the wistful quality marking the transition from adolescence to adulthood? The phrase above from Jack and Diane is terse and easy to remember and has the unmistakable ring of truth, three attributes shared by all the lyrics I've selected as words for the ages since initiating this series in 2017. 

Mark my words: When JD Salinger's novel Catcher In the Rye enters the public domain thirty years from now and becomes a movie, a smart director or screenwriter will resurrect John Mellencamp's 1982 anthem to use on the soundtrack. Those words for the ages are destined to be the tagline for a film that has been waiting to be made since Salinger's iconic book landed in 1951. 

Because my young adult daughter is involved in the film industry, I'm requesting she remembers her dear old Dad's prediction, ensuring my name gets into that future movie's credits as a consultant. Of course, should I make it to my 101st birthday, I'll take care of this detail myself. 


  1. Hello Pat. Hope this finds you all doing well. The only thing I can add to this post is another line from that very same song that has always held a lot of meaning to me ... for what may be obvious reasons ... 'Hold on to 16 as long as you can. Changes come around real soon, make us women and men'.
    I may be an adult, but I am a strong believer in the Peter Pan Syndrome - I may get older, but I refuse to grow up. lol - Have Fun, Pat!! See you soon.

    1. RRGRMG; Speaking as someone who has been told more than a few times to "..act your age.." - whatever that means - I'm with you on refusing to grow up. "Growing up" has always struck me as a codger-like euphemism for "Act old before you are old", aka "Lose your enthusiasm and zest for life, will you please? You're making the rest of us look tired"

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