The lyrics to this song tell a story of the artist reminiscing about his past (when he was 7), and all of the things him and his friends used to do. To when he was 11 and talks about the dream his dad told him to go for. He then talks about being 20 and how he has failed but will still carry on. The song then changes into future tense and he talks about what he hopes/wants to do in the future when he is 30, 60 and then it returns back to past tense and talks about being 7.
I feel as though the whole song tells a story about the artists’ life and different things that have happened throughout, at the different stages and so I would like to get this across in my music video if possible. I want to tell the story of the artists life shown through isolation and loneliness.
Once I was seven years old my momma told me Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely Once I was seven years old
It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure
Once I was eleven years old my daddy told me Go get yourself a wife or you’ll be lonely Once I was eleven years old
I always had that dream like my daddy before me So I started writing songs, I started writing stories Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me ‘Cause only those I really love will ever really know me
Once I was twenty years old, my story got told Before the morning sun, when life was lonely Once I was twenty years old
I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure ‘Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major I got my boys with me at least those in favour And if we don’t meet before I leave, I hope I’ll see you later
Once I was twenty years old, my story got told I was writing about everything, I saw before me Once I was twenty years old Soon we’ll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold We’ve travelled around the world and we’re still roaming Soon we’ll be thirty years old
I’m still learning about life My woman brought children for me So I can sing them all my songs And I can tell them stories Most of my boys are with me Some are still out seeking glory And some I had to leave behind My brother I’m still sorry
Soon I’ll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one Remember life and then your life becomes a better one I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month
Soon I’ll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me Soon I’ll be sixty years old Soon I’ll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me Soon I’ll be sixty years old
Once I was seven years old, momma told me Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely Once I was seven years old
Once I was seven years old