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"Difficult Age" is a song by Andy Partridge. It appeared on the 1992 fan club cassette The Bull with the Golden Guts, then on Andy's Fuzzy Warbles Volume 6 in 2004.

QuotesEdit

Andy: “Aimed at the Nonsuch sessions, but for some reason I never gave Colin and Dave the demo. Perhaps it was too close a cousin of ‘Blue Overall’. A touch of the autobiographicals going on here.”

Andy: “It's just occurred to me, you've entered masturbators corner with ‘In My Hand’, ‘Difficult Age’, ‘Pink Thing’ and ‘Shaking Skin House’ in a row. I've given too much away, the guilt. The guilt. Dating from 12th April 1990, this pulsating piece of perturbed pondering was aimed at Nonsuch, what an even longer album that could have been. But honestly, what age isn't difficult? The Devonian was particularly tough.”

LyricsEdit

Difficult age

You're just fourteen

And you're not friends with your body

Painfully thin

Look at your skin

Play with yourself for a hobby


How can they love a man who does that to himself?


Difficult age

Turn on the page

Have that wee drink in the meantime


Difficult age

Now you're eighteen

Here's all the freedoms you wanted

All the best clothes

A looker who goes

At the size of your wage packet flaunted


How can they love a man who does that to himself?


Difficult age

Turn on the page

And have that wee drink in the meantime


Difficult age

He's twenty-nine

Thirty just lurks 'round the corner

Settled for life

Nice kids and wife

Pull out a plum like Jack Horner


Difficult age

Turn on the page

Have that wee drink in the meantime


Difficult age

Now thirty-eight

And you're not friends with your body

Wish you were thin

Look at your skin

Wasting yourself for a hobby


And how can they love a man who does that to himself?

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