Age (song)

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Song by Jim Croce from the album I Got a Name
Released 1973
Genre Folk rock
Length 3:44
Label ABC
Writer(s) Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce
Producer(s) Terry Cashman, Tommy West
I Got a Name track listing
Five Short Minutes
Workin' at the Car Wash Blues

"Age" is a song written and recorded by Jim Croce and his wife Ingrid. The song was first recorded in 1969 on their self-titled album. Jim Croce would record the song again, this time without Ingrid, for his final album I Got a Name in 1973.[1] Jerry Reed's cover of the song was released as a single in 1980 on his tribute album to Croce, and it peaked at thirty-six on the Billboard country chart.

Single by Jerry Reed
from the album Jerry Reed Sings Jim Croce
B-side "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues"
Released 1980
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Country music
Length 3:51
Label RCA
Writer(s) Jim Croce, Ingrid Croce
Jerry Reed singles chronology
"Sugar-Foot Rag"
"The Family Friendly Inn"


Age is about a change in the narrator’s disposition after an experience over time where he went from having a lot of success to a little because of bad choices. The speaker regrets losing his ideals, which has caused him to be right back where he started from before his success. After losing everything he is working his way back to the top and is using his experience to better himself the second time around. The narrator will be careful climbing to success because "when you're down nobody gives a damn anyway."


  • The Ventures covered Age on their tribute album "The Ventures Play the Jim Croce Songbook"
  • Mike Auldridge recorded it in 1977 on his album "Old Dog"[2]
  • Tony Rice covered the song on his album Bluegrass Album, Vol. 4

Chart performance[edit]

Jerry Reed[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 36