House Concert Series


Max Mason

Max Mason is a painter/musician who moved to Philadelphia from Boston in 1981. He has been playing guitar and writing songs as long as he can remember, but has only recently begun recording and performing them. His first album, “Social Security”, was released last May.

AIRED: June 22, 2021 | 0:03:31

(light guitar music)

♪ Well the phone keeps ringing right off the hook ♪

♪ But I never pick up, never take a look ♪

♪ Folks want money or me to enroll ♪

♪ In some damn program for the old ♪

♪ I'ma throw that landline in to the trash ♪

♪ It's bigon relative to bigon past ♪

♪ But I've had that number since '65 ♪

♪ 259-8489

♪ Social security

♪ Never meant that much to me

♪ And I believe when I was told that 65 is not that old ♪

♪ Well mom's hanging on there in the hall ♪

♪ I hate to think of her all alone ♪

♪ But she still likes to sing along ♪

♪ To those old Willy Armstrong songs ♪

♪ Well dad got weird there at the end ♪

♪ It must have been the meds messing with his head ♪

♪ But what the heck you gonna do ♪

♪ You feelin' like crap, you're 82 ♪

♪ Social security

♪ Well it's catching up to me

♪ I'm gonna keep on working long as I can ♪

♪ Keep my head down in the sand ♪

♪ AARB can go to hell

♪ I don't want your tote bag or your bell ♪

♪ That new ring when you fall down ♪

♪ I'd rather lay there in the ground ♪

♪ And look up in the cloudless sky ♪

♪ Whilst the hawks and the crows fly by ♪

♪ Life's a blessing, not a curse ♪

♪ I could have done better, I could have done worse ♪

♪ Social security

♪ Yes, I'm glad you're there for me ♪

♪ I'm gonna cash that cheque fast as I can ♪

♪ Thank you, good old Uncle Sam ♪

♪ Life's a blessing, not a curse ♪

♪ I could have done better, I could have done worse ♪