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Love At The End of The Century

from Love At The End Of The Century by Prince Perry

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The title track to this record is about my recently deceased Grandfather and a side of getting older that few like to talk about.

It all began with a phone call my folks received from the assisted living building where my 95 year old Gramps lived asking the family to come in for a meeting with the staff.

He had only been there a short time at that point as, just months before I had brought him home from Florida where he had been living for the last twenty-five years.

The issue turned out to be about call girls. Apparently he would hire one and then promptly forget he’d done so. On arrival she'd be stuck at the door, punching random buttons on the intercom to try and get in. They had it on videotape.

In spite of that Gramps seemed to get a few of them through. It was news to us though it explained why, while too lazy to visit the variety store on the corner, he had the energy to walk half a mile to the bank once a week.

To keep things coming to a head with the building staff, the family decided it would be better to take Gramps to the ‘talent’ rather than risk him having them there. At 95 it seemed only fair that he should be able to have his needs met. And since I seemed to be the most worldly, that it should be me who does it. With a little research I found a place that would be happy to entertain him and any friends he might have should I decide to bring them along.

The entrepreneur in me kicked into gear. I'd put up signs in the elevators and common areas of the home for 'Men's Only' activities and rent a small bus for weekly outings. On each seat would be a little blue pill. I'd call it ‘Bango Bingo’…

Fortunately before any of that happened he was accepted into a full-time care facility. Call girls were definitely out of the question here so Gramps turned his attention to the care-workers on his beat. Sure enough the family was called in for a talk.

This time the facility had a plan. We were told that groping was fairly common and with our permission they would address it directly the next time it happened. We agreed and it stopped for a few days. Then it happened again and again. The problem was he’d be genuinely sorry each time he was confronted but by the next day he’d completely forget about not only the talk they just had but all prior incidents. They recommended medication.

I consulted a doctor friend of mine who said indeed this was fairly common in nursing homes as was STD transmission but most families would rather have their loved ones medicated then deal with it directly.

In the end we were spared making the decision due to a stroke Gramps suffered soon after his arrival. He passed soon after.

Inspired by these events I wrote this song. I played it for Gramps before he died. He said it was lively.


Love at the end of the Century (Gladstone/Girio)

My mom’s old man is calling non-stop
looking for love if he’s ready or not
Searching the book for company
senior discount, or maybe for free

The Dorman’s got it on V.H.S.
what he’s thinking is anyone’s guess
He rings ‘em up, looking to score
by the time they arrive he forgets what its for

This is love at the end of the century
This is love at the end of the century

Shave and a haircut for fifty cents
a can of tuna lasts all weekend
A penny pinched until it bleeds
but a little action costs three fifties


He’s got his teeth, they’re just for show
nowhere to be, nowhere to go
Coping a feel, whenever he please
‘cause nothing to lose is impunity


Copyright 2010, Perry Gladstone. All rights reserved.


from Love At The End Of The Century, released October 13, 2011


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