Don Williams found “Stay Young” on an LP from seventies British duo Gallagher & Lyle, and he improves on the original recording quite a bit.
“Stay Young” works better with Williams at the mic because he was already a veteran artist, and he delivers the song’s message with the wisdom of a man who has seen a few years already:
Oh, don’t you lose that light in your eyes You’re never too old to love, never too late to try When somebody needs you Give ’em all you can give When you’re livin’ to love and lovin’ to live
Stay young, keep your wheels in motion You’ve got everything that you need Stay young with your rock n’ rollin’ All the best things in life are free
That’s not to say that there’s a whole bunch of wisdom for Williams to deliver here. The lyrics are trite and disconnected, as if Mad Libs had done a Hallmark Card edition and this was the best the players could come up with.
But it sounds so much more profound than it is because Williams is the artist singing it. That speaks volumes about his talent, but he’s got a dozen or so thoughtful hit records that are way better than this.
Like this one a little more than you do but I see where you’re coming from. I’m a huge Don Williams fan so it’s hard for me not be biased. His music to me is like talking with a long lost friend or a friendly old man giving advice. Good song but not his best.