Wise Old Me Lyrics - Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson Rainbow Connection cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2001-6-12
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country
length: 4:16
lead vocals: Amy Nelson
background vocals: Amy Nelson
harmonica: Matt Hubbard
acoustic guitar: David Zettner and Gabe Rhodes
writer: Amy Nelson
One day I got the notion
To teach a fish to fly
So I went down to the ocean
When the tide was plenty high
Found a fish, we talked
And I pointed to the sky
But he didn't even try
No, he didn't even try

No one listens to wise old me
And I know hot things ought to be
I ain't blind but sure don't see
Why no one listens to wise old me

One day I said to me
Let's teach a bird to swim
So I climbed way up a tree
And I went out on a limb

Found a bird, we talked
And I pointed to the sea
And that bird just sang to me
That bird just sang to me

As sure as clouds live in the sky
There's a place for you and I
If you don't learn to let things be
You'll find your wise self up a tree

Now, please do not be frightened
By the things that sound absurd
As how man can be enlightened
By the wisdom of a bird
And so can you, so let it be
A lesson for today
And may I never hear you say
May I never hear you say


No one listens to wise old me

Enhanced CD 1
  • 1 Rainbow Connection
  • 2 I’m Looking Over a Four‐Leaf Clover
  • 3 Ol’ Blue
  • 4 Wise Old Me
  • 5 Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon
  • 6 Playmate
  • 7 I’m My Own Grandpa
  • 8 Rock Me to Sleep
  • 9 Playin’ Dominoes and Shootin’ Dice
  • 10 Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way
  • 11 Outskirts of Town
  • 12 Just Dropped In (to See What Condition My Condition Was In)
  • 13 The Thirty‐Third of August