Same Age, Different Story

by Larry S. Lafferty

AT 17, Angus Young wrote Highway to Hell,
I bought the record but never found the way,
Just mostly felt like hell whenever
The opportunity presented itself.

At 19, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein,
I went to jail for the first time, drunk enough
To walk like monster, but couldn't find a girl
To pitch into the river.

At 23, George Armstrong Custer became Brigadier General,
Lead a couple dozen cavalry charges,
I got my first job, charging only into debt,
My inglorious pursuit of the Yankee dollar.

At 33, Jesus died for our sins,
The stupid son of a bitch.
I came out ahead for the first time.
I'll always be grateful.

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