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"Old Before I Die" is a 1997 song by Robbie Williams, and the first single to be taken from his debut album, Life thru a Lens. The Oasis-influenced song became a number two hit in the United Kingdom when it was released in April that year.

"Old Before I Die"
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Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Life thru a Lens
Released 14 April 1997
Format CD single, Cassette
Genre Britpop
Length 3:50
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s) Robbie Williams, Desmond Child, Eric Bazilian
Producer(s) Guy Chambers, Steve Power
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Old Before I Die"
"Lazy Days"
Music video
"Old Before I Die" on YouTube


Music videoEdit

The music video features Williams performing for the camera with ageing rock stars as his backing band, and some fade-ins by the cameraman. There are also shots of Williams flying through the air.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Old Before I Die" – 3:50
  2. "Better Days" – 3:30
  3. "Average B-Side" – 2:58
  1. "Old Before I Die" – 3:50
  2. "Making Plans for Nigel" – 4:05
  3. "Kooks" – 2:36
  1. "Old Before I Die" – 3:50
  2. "Kooks" – 2:36
  3. "Average B-Side" – 2:58
  4. "Making Plans for Nigel" – 4:05
  5. "Better Days" – 3:30


Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 56
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 47
Denmark (IFPI)[4] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 37
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[6] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 11
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[8] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 53
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[11] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 33
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 2

Alejandra Guzmán versionEdit

"Quiero Vivir"
Single by Alejandra Guzmán
from the album Soy
Released 2002
Format CD single promo single
Recorded 2001
Genre Latin pop, rock en Español
Length 3:49
Label BMG
Songwriter(s) Robbie Williams, Desmond Child, Eric Bazilian
Alejandra Guzmán singles chronology
"Volveré a Amar"
"Quiero Vivir"

Mexican singer Alejandra Guzmán recorded a cover of the song titled "Quiero Vivir" (I Want to Live), and included it on her tenth studio album, Soy. The track was produced by Desmond Child who wrote the original version. The single did not chart in Mexico or United States.


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