"It Was A Very Good Year" as written by and Ervin Drake....
When I was seventeen, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for small town girls
And soft summer nights
We'd hide from the lights
On the village green
When I was seventeen

When I was twenty-one, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for city girls
Who lived up the stair
With all that perfumed hair
And it came undone
When I was twenty-one

When I was thirty-five, it was a very good year
It was a very good year for blue-blooded girls
Of independent means
We'd ride in limousines
Their chauffeurs would drive
When I was thirty-five

But now the days are short, I'm in the autumn of the year
And now I think of my life as vintage wine
From fine old kegs
From the brim to the dregs
It poured sweet and clear
It was a very good year


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    General CommentMy favorite of F.S. songs. It's hauntingly beautiful with such bittersweet sentiment. I did not discover (enjoy, really) Frank's music until my 40's, although I grew up watching him and Dean (and their musical friends) on television. Those were the days when you sat around the television set with your family after a meal at the table, and was blessed with the likes of the talented musicians of that decade. It was a time of sweet naivety and innocence, which made Sinatra and the like seem like kings.
    swishswishboomon February 16, 2012   Link
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    General Commentmuch like his song "my way" i think it is an old, dying man looking back on his life and thinking how good it was and that he is ready to go.
    underlyricks70on April 08, 2014   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite sinatra song

    its meaning is not cryptic enough to require analysis, really; pretty straightforward
    iamchipdouglason February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song about those great days of yore that everyone had - not just Frank - very universal song. Loved how they used this song in that Season 2 episode of The Sopranos. PS - that's a Frank Sinatra poster in the back of the Bada Bing!
    bkat004on April 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentone of the gems on the first Sopranos soundtrack.
    ALOT of great music in that show.
    can;t wait for the 2nd half of season6
    ikhabaat_craneon January 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHE BEST SONG EVER WRITTEN
    Craig82on April 09, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionSo few comments for one of the most universally beloved musicians? I though there would be so many.. I grew up on this song, and it's a song I make a tradition of listening to every birthday. Very bittersweet, with lots more sweet than bitter, I think.
    MSIISMon May 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe final verse makes this song amazing. Here's what I think it means: "I'm in the autumn of the year" gives you an idea of his age; around 3/4ths of his life is over. He says he thinks of his life as vintage wine and that the wine is of a very good year, meaning he believes his life was a very good one. So the title "A Very Good Year" is referring to a life of great value and happiness. I like the metaphor as a life being compared to a year of wine; there are many years and many lives and, just as there are especially good years for wine, this life stood out specifically as a good one.
    yellowtwoon May 16, 2009   Link

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