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Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Old Man’

The Old Man Soundtrack - Every Song in the FX Series

The Old Man soundtrack includes music by Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello and Robert Plant. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Robert Levine and Jonathan E. Steinberg’s FX series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

The Old Man stars Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase, a rogue CIA agent who lives off the grid. John Lithgow co-stars as Harold Harper, a CIA agent who protects secrets from the past. The storyline follows the main two characters as they learn about each other’s motivations and the bigger picture. Composers T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart) and Patrick Warren (The Chi) scored the FX series, which features a variety of throwback needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Old Man, an adaptation of Thomas Perry’s 2017 novel.

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The Old Man Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “I”

The Old Man Soundtrack on FX - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Pancho & Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt (00:25): The Old Man soundtrack song scores a diner sequence. Dan browses the internet on his laptop. A waitress says that his dogs aren’t allowed in the building.
  • “Sleep of the Just” by Elvis Costello (00:27): Dan finishes a phone call. The music scores a flashback sequence. Young Dan (Bill Heck) meets with Young Abbey (Leem Lubany) in a diner.

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The Old Man Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “II”

The Old Man Soundtrack on FX - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Please Read the Letter” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (00:44): Zoe McDonald tries to sync her phone with her vehicle. Dan turns on the radio. The Old Man soundtrack song plays as the characters smile at each other.

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The Old Man Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “III”

The Old Man Soundtrack on FX - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • No Featured Songs

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The Old Man Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “IV”

The Old Man Soundtrack on FX - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “A Night in Tunisia” by Charlie Parker (00:36): Young Suleyman Pavlovich (Andrew Perez) writes at a desk. The Old Man soundtrack song plays as he gets up to investigate a noise. The music drops as Young Dan attacks Young Suleyman.
  • “Suite for Cello No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: II. Allemande” by Jiri Barta (00:55): Zoe speaks with Dan at their home. She requests half of his money to stay silent. Dan lashes out and considers the offer as the episode ends.

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The Old Man airs weekly on FX. New episodes premiere every Friday through July 21, 2022. This article about the The Old Man soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.