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Act My Age is the sixteenth track from One Direction's fourth studio album, Four.[1]

Lyrically, the song depicts the boys speaking fondly about a future point in time where they will meet again and have fun like they used to.

"Act My Age" was added to the On The Road Again Tour setlist during the North American leg.

Background

The song has a distinct Irish sound from the start, and remains that way throughout the song.

As the final song on the deluxe edition of Four, an album that shows One Direction’s growing maturity, there’s always a moment to highlight the happiness of youth. Despite the five boys growing up, One Direction makes it clear that they are still the same five boys the fans originally knew them as during their first days as a group on the X Factor, and that they’ll never change, no matter what happens to them or how old they get.

During live performances the concert lights become green, white and orange to represent the Irish flag. Towards the end of the song, the group can be heard laughing in the background.

Lyrics

[Niall]
When I'm fat and old and my kids think I'm a joke
'Cause I move a little slow when I dance

[Liam]
I can count on you after all that we've been through
'Cause I know that you'll always understand

[All]
I won't act my age, no, I won't act my age
No, I'll still feel the same around you
Hey!

[Louis]
When I'm fat and old and my kids think I'm a joke
'Cause the stories that I told, I tell again and again

[Zayn]
I can count on you after all we got up to
'Cause I know that you truly understand

[All]
I won't act my age, no, I won't act my age
No, I'll still feel the same around you
I won't act my age, no, I won't act my age
No, I'll still feel the same and you will, too
Hey!

[Harry]
When I can hardly walk and my hair is falling out
We'll still stay up 'til morning
We'll throw the after-party, oh, yeah, oh, yeah

[All]
I won't act my age, no, I won't act my age
No, I'll still feel the same around you
I won't act my age, no, I won't act my age
No, I'll still feel the same and you will, too
Hey!

Live Performances

One Direction - Act My Age - San Diego 9 July 15 HD

One Direction - Act My Age - San Diego 9 July 15 HD

15 - OTRA

15 - OTRA

One Direction - Act My Age OTRA Sheffield 31.10

One Direction - Act My Age OTRA Sheffield 31.10.15

15-1

15-1

15 in Cleveland

15 in Cleveland

References

  1. "Act My Age" audio
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