John Lincoln Wright: Too Old to Die Young Now

“Too old to die young, too young to go, How I ever got this far, the good Lord only knows, I’ve been around the horn and back so many times that now I’ve found, I’m too old to die young now.”

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John Lincoln Wright 1947–2011

He saw it coming. In his 20’s John had a notion of what would take him out and that inevitably it would have something to do with booze. One of his best lyrics turns on the line:

“I’m one drink closer to heaven. Lord, get me out of this hell.”

He also lived with a stoic foreknowledge that, no matter what he achieved, his life was bound to end in personal failure:

“In 1965 I said I’d never get out alive, that I’d burn myself out before my time… Then the years went by so fast … I’m too old to die young now.”
(Also quoted by Steve Morse in his excellent Boston Globe obituary). (click to continue…)

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