Appalachia Music

What Makes you Feel Young?

Original music by Paul Wilson in Appalachia I'll be Young

Paul, Tipper, Granny Gazzie, and Steve 

I’m sure you’ve heard someone say “Getting old isn’t for sissies” meaning the older you get the more aches and pains a body seems to have. Thankfully no matter what our age there are things we see, feel, hear, or think upon that instantly makes us feel young again.

As the girls were growing up I was often reminded of things I hadn’t thought about in years and as I witnessed the events I felt like I was a young girl again. You know things like the pure joy of playing in the creek, making mud pies, and those hand clapping rhymes like Ms. Mary Mack Mack Mack all dressed in black black black.

Since my entire life has been surrounded by music it’s often a song that makes me feel young again. When I hear a song from childhood it makes me feel like I’m a little girl hiding behind Pap or Granny’s legs instead of a momma with two grown girls of her own.

When I’m outside on a warm summer night seeing the lightning bugs and hearing the katydids and frogs I feel young again. I’m taken back to the days of playing hide-n-seek, telling ghost stories, and walking home in the dark to a house lit up with love.

Today’s Pickin & Grinnin Spot features a song written, by Paul, I’ll Be Young.

I’ll Be Young written by Paul Wilson

When time like a freight train has passed me by and spring has long since sprung
Somewhere in a rocking chair with my mind made up I’ll think of you and I’ll be young

I’ll be young I’ll be young
Deep within my heart
I’ll be young I’ll be young I’ll be young

When the days of my youth like grains through the glass have fallen swiftly past
And the spryness of my body is completely gone I’ll think of you and I’ll be young

I’ll be young I’ll be young
Deep within my heart
I’ll be young I’ll be young I’ll be young

When I’m lying in the ground no one remembers me and the weeds grow tall o’re my head
And the end of the world has just begun I’ll think of you and I’ll be young

Oh I’ll be young I’ll be young
Deep within my heart
Yes I’ll be young I’ll be young I’ll be young

I hope you enjoyed Paul’s song-it’s a real toe-tapper with great words. Please leave me a comment and let me know what makes you feel young.



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  • Reply
    October 22, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Such sweet lyrics and tune .. setting the tone for a lively yet meaningful reminicing … There are so many things that take me back to feeling young . Times , Situations, happenings, seasons , holidays…. Times ; …when I happen to meet up with alumi from past school days and you both say your “remember when we “ …. ☺️ Situations; when you go out to get A Christmas tree and decorate it … on it you see decorations you , your sister , your daughters and son , and each grandchild made… Happenings ; when you sit around a good campfire singing … remembering way back when that you did …… Seasons; …when you see the first dandelion of spring ,picked it , smelled it and felt it on your cheek or sucked the first honeysuckle.. Holidays ; ..Thanksgiving day when you remember the dishes granny and mama made with the hustle and bustle, and voices in the kitchen with the steamed up windows of cooking ….these are a few among many reminicings ❣️ Many great songs and stories can arise from rememberings … So enjoying the seasons changing

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    Debbie Nixon
    August 22, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    When I think of Paul’s song I’ll be young I think back to when I was so active in sports from fast pitch softball, basketball. Volleyball, track I tried to be in everything I could to even playing tennis with my cousin after school. I now have arthritis in my knees and neck and my wish when I see folks out there oh how I want to get back to being that active better yet like the words of his song I’ll be young. I hate getting older but frankly that’s something we all have no control over.
    I noticed another’s comment on Pap and Pauls harmony i have to whole hardly agree them two their voices so complemented each other and i love that in most videos Paul i just love how he looks at Pap with so much Love and Admiration for him.
    Thanks for listening

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    Janet Pressley
    January 28, 2018 at 4:23 am

    I love your post. Wish I could spend more time with the Chitter and Chatter.

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    Maxine Appleby
    March 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Waking up on a spring morning with the windows up and hearing that wonderful mocking bird singing outside in the crape myrtle tree! Makes me feel just like I did when I was young and oh, so carefree!

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    jane childers
    October 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I have a picture of a young man, a highway patrolman who was killed in a wreck when some drunk teenagers broadsided the patrol car and he and the other patrolman was thrown from the car. He saved the other’s life because he landed on Anthony instead of the pavement. Anthony was killed instantly as was the driver of the other car. When I look at his picture I remember my teenage years and the time I knew I was in love. Long summer days, just riding around in his 1938 Plymouth. Going to the zoo, the state fair, hiking, visiting a statue in Birmingham atop Red Mountain called Vulcan. Leaving work at the telephone company at night and find him waiting for me. Writing him a letter and sending part of it to where he worked and the other part to his house. Rest in peace, your life was beauty, truth, goodness and love. Anthony John Scozzaro 1939- 1961. My heart is still greiving.

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    lynn legge
    September 21, 2016 at 4:34 am

    aww well you said it…music and old pictures take me back through the years..if an old song comes on, I can remember where I was and the years melt away… thank you tipper for sharing with us..i love blind pig and especially love you….sending big ladybug hugs and love to you all…..
    when you see a big pile of leaves…make sure to hump in them for me

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    B. Ruth
    September 19, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I wanted to say, that Paul’s song and the high harmony by Pap together bring a tear to my eyes. I really don’t believe there will ever be a more beautiful sound to ones ears as produced by Pap and Paul and the Blind Pig Gang…

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    B. Ruth
    September 19, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I believe that it was George Bernard Shaw that said…”Youth is wasted on the young”!
    I can’t really think of too many things that make me feel young, been there done that!
    I do think and feel things that remind me that I’m getting older every day! My friend reminded me one time, that the only people at our high school reunion was old people so I didn’t miss anything! ha
    I read a joke online a day or two ago. It went something like this.
    Two ladies were sitting in a restaurant and one said. “Look at those two women out there, we’ll probably look like them in a few years!”
    The other one said,”Mable, that’s not a window that’s a mirror!”
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…There are things that remind me of my youth. Children skating, biking or playing ball. Catching lightning bugs and lady bugs. Didn’t catch one this year though, too dry. Always try to catch one coming in the house on a summer evening. Did drink some honeysuckle flowers with my grandson this summer!

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    Shirley Burns
    September 18, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    When I hear the old song “You are my Sunshine ” ,I remember my daddy and I feel young again. I know I was his sunshine. My kids and grand kids make me feel young also, and I love that wonderful feeling this time of the year when we look forward to coming to North Carolina to visit them ,and ride in your beautiful mountains,which we have come to love.
    Keep up the good writing!

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    Kay Paul
    September 18, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    The smell of Coppertone suntan lotion takes me back to the summers of my childhood and teenage years and trips to nearby Gulf Shores, Alabama. Those were the wonderful days before the age of condos when daddy would rent an old wooden beach house with a big screened sleeping porch. I still remember drifting off to sleep and waking up to the sound of the waves.

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    Ron Banks
    September 18, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    A hot summer day and a tune from the 70’s on the radio remind me of heading to Carter’s Lake in my old VW bug to hang out with friends and cute girls or playing in a mountain stream stepping from rock to rock make me feel young.
    The photo of you and your family is great. The Deer Hunter had an eye for the cute ones too!

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    George Pettie
    September 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Leave it to the Wilson Kitchen Guitar Pickers to stir up the youthful spirit in some of us old fogeys.

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    Ed Karshner
    September 18, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Ed Ammons, all that makes my head hurt. But, if kids aren’t an unbalanced force, I don’t know what is. Hence, the run I took this morning.
    On another note, the girls do favor their mom! I did a double take this morning.

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    September 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    WoW! No wonder the Deer Hunter got snatched up.
    These golden years haven’t been so golden for me ever since I fell and hurt my back. It’s been since June, a year ago, and I still have trouble. But I’m looking forward to next month when my girls and most of my granddaughters and great granddaughters will be here. Time really flys by, I never imagined all this…Ken

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    Jim Casada
    September 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Br’er Don just turned 65. Now that’s old but given the fact that I’m appreciably farther along life’s road it is only relevant. Now, as for the matter of what makes me feel young, I’ll offer some examples even as I note that in each case the return to youth is decidedly temporary.
    1. Being around my 15-year-old granddaughter
    2. Sitting in a tree stand on a brisk fall day or listening to a distant turkey gobble at dawn in early spring
    3. Playing a prime part on the “grinnin'” side in a session of pickin’ and grinnin’
    4. Almost any exercise in nostalgia
    5. Hooking a fine trout on a well-present dry fly
    6. A meaningful morning of work in the garden
    7. A moderate dose of what is variously called golden moonbeam, tanglefoot, peartin’ juice, and a host of more common names such as mountain dew, squeezin’s, or white lightning (just kidding on this one)
    Jim Casada

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    Will Leith
    September 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Wow! Tipper, if I didn’t know better, I would have thought the picture was Chitter or Chatter, it’s a great pic. It doesn’t seem that long ago for me, but time really has a way of getting by us, and the day’s of youth seem to have vastly disappeared, yet my mind does wonder back, and think of those early years, and though it seems that times were tougher back then, they were better times.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Ed Karshner – You failed to mention the first part of Newton’s First Law of Motion. An object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. In my case the energy source that forces the change in the state of said object has been severely depleted. Add to that the fact that the energy required to stop that object is equal to the energy required start it. So, don’t get me started, you might have to run me down and stop me!
    Anybody remember the Carol Burnett show in which she was the distaff half of an old couple sitting in rocking chairs. One says to the other “Give me a little push to get me started!” That’s Newton’s 1st illustrated.

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    Phyllis S
    September 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Hey, I’m 83 and was moved by your music this morning!

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    September 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Have always liked this song, one of my favorites! Music makes me feel young for sure, it takes me back to happy times and places.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 18, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I love the picture, Tip. You are a real cutie!

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    wayne smith
    September 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I NEEDED THAT ! i just told my baptist sunday school class last week that getting old is not for whimps. i’m 82.

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    Ron Stephens
    September 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

    You have posed a hard one. The closest I can come to something that makes me feel young is springtime. That’s when I take walking spells and think I can go miles cross-coountry like I used to do. Once upon a time I called it ‘a fire in my heels’. I wanted to see around the bend, on the other side of the ridge or up to the head of the holler.

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    September 18, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Dress younger, makes one feel young. I’m 66 but my elementary students help keep me young through their eyes.
    Ride a bike, kayak or canoe, I love to climb a hunting tree stand. Slow and easy gets me up there. Oh, the view of the woods, garden, pasture keeps me young.
    Yes, I have some aches, but I’m not giving into them. Have a bum knee, a weak ankle. And now I’m getting prisms in my already thick glasses.
    ( doctor calls my eyes the prescription from hell. ) For me it’s a mindset. Life is great. God is always good.

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    Ed Karshner
    September 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I know it’s probably a cliché, but my kids that make me feel young. No matter how stressed out I get at work, how tired I am after my six hour commute to Pittsburgh or how stoved up I feel from just getting on, the kids still demand and deserve a full, fun, and energetic dad.
    I’d rather have stayed in bed until the last minute. But, the boy wants to run three miles before church. So, here we go! An object in motion stays in motion…I hope!

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    anita griffith
    September 18, 2016 at 7:52 am

    My ten yr, old grandson often spends weekends with me.That makes me feel young.Well,maybe I just try to be y
    young.By the time he is gone,I feel older than my 68 years.

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    Sue Crane
    September 18, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Love the song. And love the picture. Wish I had some of my youthful energy still around.

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