On my own, how could I have known?
Imagine my surprise.
Just a fool from a tree full of fools
Who can't believe his eyes,
Imagine my surprise?

I was a mean old man,
I was an ornery cuss,
I was a dismal Dan,
I made an awful fuss.
Ever since my life began, man,
It was ever thus,
I was a nasty tyke
Who was hard to like.
I had to misbehave,
I did things in reverse,
Refused to wash or shave,
I was horrid to my nurse.
I got back what I gave
Which only made me worse,
I had to have my way
Which was bleak and gray.

Oh dear, living in here,
One hundred years of rain.
Such a drag, this riches to rags
With just myself to blame,
A dirty low-down shame.

Silly me, silly old me,
Somewhere outside my mind.
Clever you walking me through,
Willing to lead the blind
Just in the nick of time.

Who gets a second chance?
Who gets to have some fun?
Who gets to learn to dance
Before his race is run?
Who gets to shed his skin?
Who comes up born again?
Who was a mean old man
Till you turned him into
A golden retriever puppy dog?

Who's a good boy?
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Mean Old Man Lyrics

James Taylor – Mean Old Man Lyrics