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Old Father William
Originally performed by
Composer
Lyrics
Performer(s) Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
(J. Pat O'Malley)
They Might Be Giants
Feature films Alice in Wonderland (1951 film)
Short films
Television programs
Attractions
Video games
Albums Alice in Wonderland (2010 film) (soundtrack)
Preceded by The Walrus and the Carpenter
Followed by Smoke the Blighter Out
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"You Are Old, Father William" is a song. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum sing part of it in the 1951 Disney film, Alice in Wonderland. They Might Be Giants sing the full song in the soundtrack of the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland.
You Are Old Father William - They Might Be Giants02:33

You Are Old Father William - They Might Be Giants

Lyrics

"You are old, Father William," the young man said


"And your hair has become very white


And yet you incessantly stand on your head


Do you think, at your age, it is right?"


"In my youth," Father William replied to his son


"I feared it might injure the brain


But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none


Why, I do it again and again"


"I am old,


I am old


I will tell you again, I am old"


"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before


And have grown most uncommonly fat


Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door


Pray, what is the reason of that?"


"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his gray locks


"I kept all my limbs very supple


By the use of this ointment, one shilling a box


Allow me to sell you a couple?"


"I am old,


I am old


It's a statement, in fact, I am old"


"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak


For anything tougher than suet


Yet you finish the goose, with the bones and the beak


Pray, how did you manage to do it?"


"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law


And argued each case with my wife


And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw


Has lasted the rest of my life"

"I am old,


I am old


There's not much more to say, I am old"


"You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose


That your eye was as steady as ever


Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose


What made you so awfully clever?"


"I have answered three questions, and that is enough"


Said his father, "don't give yourself airs!


Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?


Be off or I'll kick you downstairs!"


"Downstairs!


Downstairs!


Be off or I'll kick you downstairs!"

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