Song of the Day: Too Old to Die Young by Brother Dege (aka Dege Lege)

Too Old To Die Young appears on the album Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.


Round and round
Round we go.
Where it stops?
Nobody knows it.

Side to side, baby,
Back and forth.
God above
And the devil below him.

You got your reasons
And I got my ones.
Still got that feeling
But I’m too old to die young now.

Too old to die young now.
Above or below the ground.

Yes, too old to die young now.
Still the good lord might lay me down.


Tarantino was interviewed on SiriusXM Radio’s show Little Steven’s Underground Garage, where he discussed all of the music track-by-track from Django Unchained. Here’s what he had to say about Brother Dege’s song “Too Old To Die Young”…“I was listening to the radio and this song (“Too Old to Die Young”) came on. And I said, ‘wow… that’s pretty damn good.’ I could see a cool ass action scene going to this. I thought it could be really, really groovy. So I had my music supervisor get me the CD. And frankly, every track on the Brother Dege CD could have been in the movie. It works and has a badass score sound to it. Almost every song [on the album] could be a theme song. It’s like a greatest hits album. But this song “Too Old to Die Young,” it’s pretty damn badass. And it’s used in the movie in a pretty damn badass way, I’ve got to say.”

Brother Dege


Brother Dege (AKA Dege Legg) is one of the best kept secrets in the Deep South; a musician, writer, workingman and heir to a long line of unusual characters born and raised in the southern U.S. Like the mad lovechild of Son House and Faulkner, Legg has burned a crooked trail to the Promised Land. Avoiding traditional career paths, he has spent as much time exploring the backwoods weirdness of his home state as he has forging his own brand of incendiary, “psyouthern” roots music. The journeys are parallel. Since the late 90s, Dege has pushed slide, resonators, and the deep south, kicking and screaming into the 21st century, melding elements of folk, Delta blues, punk, rock, metal, hippie ragas, and outlaw county into one blasted, raw whole.

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