Old Folks

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"Old Folks"
Single by Ronnie Milsap with Mike Reid
from the album Heart & Soul
B-side "Earthquake"
Released March 5, 1988
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 4:02
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mike Reid
Producer(s) Ronnie Milsap, Rob Galbraith
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Where Do the Nights Go"
"Old Folks"
"Button Off My Shirt"
Mike Reid singles chronology
"Old Folks"
"Walk on Faith"

"Old Folks" is a song recorded by American country music artists Ronnie Milsap and Mike Reid, the latter of whom wrote the song. It was released in March 1988 as the third single from the album Heart & Soul. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1]


The song pays homage to two elderly people: a gentleman who, despite being 80 years old still works daily and is still bitter over the Brooklyn Dodgers' franchise move to Los Angeles; and a grandmother who maintains a sweet disposition and bakes delicious pies despite severe arthritis. Because of their old age, people sometimes look upon them with disdain and discomfort because of their ways, but as the singers remind, "One day we will be old folks too."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 12


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233. 
  2. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ronnie Milsap.