• Oscar Brown, Jr.

ALL OVER

Anytime recollection runs through

The events and the friends you once knew

From the evidence that confronts you

All over

The conclusion you always come to

Is times have changed

Things ain’t what they used to be


Gone are all of your favorite places

And so many familiar faces

They just vanished and left no traces

All over

You see nothing but vacant spaces

Where streets are strange

Things ain’t what they used to be


It used to be

That there were spots that you could go to frequently

It used to be

That there were lots of folks you knew for company

It used to be

But things are not so hot for you now as you see

As you see


Every morning when you awaken

You thank Heaven for each day breakin'

Even though the old bones are aching

All over

You still have a few plans you're makin'

But not long-range

Things ain’t what they used to be

Can't be doing the same old dances

Can't be taking the same bold chances

That's not saying that life's romance is

All over

Just that under the circumstances

You rearrange

Things ain’t what they used to be


(OBJ performing ALL OVER was captured on the live concert recording “We’re Live.”

On the recording, OBJ performs another poem in the middle called: ODE OWED YOUTH).


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