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Oh, they say that I'm feeble with age, Maggie; my steps are much slower than then.But to me, you're as fair as you were, Maggie, when you and I were young.
My face is a well written page, Maggie, and time all along was the pen.
Oh, they say that we've outlived our time, Maggie, as dated as songs that we've sung,
Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be.
This trope is when a romantic couple is depicted going on into their golden years. If mortality or mental illness is a theme, this is a sure recipe for tear jerkers aplenty.
Compare December-December Romance, wherein the couple meets in their senior years.
Anime and Manga
- Pictured above: The ending of Fruits Basket shows Kyo and Tohru's granddaughter watching them, and the girl's mother commenting on how lovey-dovey they are even now at their old ages.
- The Boys Love manga Future Lovers has a dream sequence in its final chapter featuring an elderly Akira and Kento. When Akira wakes up to find he's still young, Kento tells him "I have no intention of dying any time soon. You'll live to be a hundred and I'll be ninety-nine!"
- In Hetalia, the young French soldier whom France befriends discusses Who Wants to Live Forever? with his wife, and then finishes invoking the trope:
"You're right! Without this plain mortal body, I wouldn't be able to pursue my dream! To grow old together. Until our hands will be full of wrinkles."
- Central to the plot of Up
- Away From Her
- Bicentennial Man
- Used as Arc Words in the Christopher Nolan movie Inception... Due to the effects of Year Inside, Hour Outside two lovers do this while trapped within the dream world.
- The two main characters of The Notebook live together well into old age.
- In Don Juan Demarco, the title character helps a therapist & his wife discover the possibilities for passion though their retirement years. Not a bad prospect!
- Raymond E. Feist likes to follow his characters and their romantic interests well into their twilight years, which leads to more than a few cases of this trope. See Jimmy the Hand/Duke James' death in The Serpentwar Saga.
- A possible version of reality in one episode of Farscape; a Reset Button ensured it didn't happen, at least not the way it's depicted.
- If you're talking about "The Locket", that wasn't a romantic relationship, though they did grow old together (and it is very strongly implied that they were in love.)
- On the series finale of Charmed, Piper and Leo travel to the future and meet themselves as an elderly couple. Grandma!Piper even had fresh- baked cookies ready for them in expectation of their meeting.
- Saturday Night Live ran a skit that poked fun at Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey when they were married and had a reality show, by showing what things might be like fifty years down the road. In short, Jessica was still a Brainless Beauty, but poor Nick needed to get his eyeballs replaced from rolling them so much over the years.
- Paul McCartney asks his lover if she'll stay with him in "When I'm Sixty-Four". The Irony that Paul was in the middle of a nasty divorce from Heather Mills when he was 64 was lost on no-one.
- Ridiculed in "When You're Old And Gray" by Tom Lehrer.
While I still appreciate you
Let's find love while we may
Because I know I'll hate you
When you are old and gray
- The old music-hall song, "My Old Dutch":
We've been together now for forty years,
And it don't seem a day too much.
Oh, there ain't a lady living in the land
As I'd swap for my dear old Dutch.
Darling, we are growing old --
Silver threads among the gold
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away;
But, my darling, you will be
Always young and fair to me,
- Ludo's song from their latest album, "Anything for You," invokes this:
Anything for you
All of this is true
But the best story that I could ever tell
Is the one where I am growing old with you.
- Title of one of the last songs John Lennon ever wrote. Sadly averted.
- Journey's song "After All these Years" is sung from the point of view of a fellow who is Happily Married and utterly delighted that he's had the chance to have a long life alongside his wife.
- The premise of Stan Rogers' "Forty-Five Years" from his debut album, "Fogarty's Cove".
I just want to hold you closer than I've ever held anyone before
You say you've been twice a wife and you're through with life
Oh, but honey, what the hell's it for?
After 23 years, you'd think I could find a way to let you know somehow
That I want to see your smiling face forty-five years from now.
- The Pattersons in the epilogue to For Better or For Worse
- Darby and Joan, from a poem by Henry Woodfall published in 1735.
Old Darby, with Joan by his side
You've often regarded with wonder.
He's dropsical, she is sore-eyed
Yet they're ever uneasy asunder.
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith, "A whole I plann'd,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all nor be afraid!"
- Robert Burns's "John Anderson":
John Anderson, my jo, John,
When we were first acquent,
Your locks were like the raven,
Your bonnie brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld, John,
Your locks are like the snow;
But blessings on your frosty pow,
John Anderson, my jo!
- In Fire Emblem Fates, if the player has Azama and Effie hook up, his Love Confession to her begins as a Declaration of Protection and then goes into him saying that he wants to play the trope straight with her.