If I Were You
In those days, when you were young
And healthy, and it seemed you might
Still have a chance to make something
Of yourself, they’d come and get you
At the first sign of trouble. For example,
If you slipped and fell in the bathroom
And the whole house shook, rafters
And all, they’d come and get you.
They wouldn’t let you just lie there.
In those days, when the sun shone
And you could walk out in the fields
And breathe the fresh air and pray
To the birds in the trees, they’d come
And get you, if they thought you’d strayed
Too far and become a danger to yourself
And to others, they’d come and get you.
But nowadays, when you’re of no use
To anyone, what they want is for you to sit
In a corner and stay very quiet, hum
A little tune and twiddle your thumbs,
Stay very quiet and wait for the end to come.