"When I Was Young" as written by and Eric Victor Burdon....
The rooms were so much colder then
My father was a soldier then
And times were very hard
When I was young

I smoked my first cigarette at ten
And for girls, I had a bad yen
And I had quite a ball
When I was young

When I was young, it was more important
Pain more painful
Laughter much louder
Yeah, when I was young
When I was young

I met my first love at thirteen
She was brown and I was pretty green
And I learned quite a lot when I was young
When I was young

When I was young
It was more important
Pain more painful
Laughter much louder
Yeah, when I was young
When I was young

My faith was so much stronger then
I believed in fellow men
And I was so much older then
When I was young
When I was young
When I was young


Lyrics submitted by Tobiwahn

"When I Was Young" as written by Eric Victor Burdon

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

When I Was Young song meanings
Add your thoughts

3 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Commentthis song strongly parallels pink floyd's THE WALL.

    1) pinks father was a soldier
    2) he smoked a cig at ten in the movie
    3) he always had a "bad yen" for girls
    4) ok thats all, but yeah...
    floydian_slipon June 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice so cool, the recording is so cheap i love it
    heyjude55on April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I was so much Older then" Smart Lyric!

    Points up the fact that when we are young and pliable we believe the Religious stuff we are taught (along with Santa and the Easter Bunny) but, also, we believe that our country is inherently Good, and pledge allegiance to the Flag and are Good Boy Scouts.

    We tend to become Cynical and rebellious in the Teen years, and then more Conservative later as we age.
    drpoundsignon June 13, 2016   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain