As if to add an exclamation point to last week’s mention of living every day, I picked up the last Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros CD this weekend. The very last song on it is a song named Silver and Gold. It’s a reworking of an old country tune by Bobby Charles called Before I grow too old in which the chorus is:
I’m gonna take a trip around the world
I’m gonna kiss all the pretty girls
I’m gonna do everything Silver and Gold
But I got to hurry up before I grow too old
Given the fact that this album was released posthumously, there’s something very sad about listening to Joe Strummer sing these words.