"What is a Youth" as written by Nino Rota and Eugene Walter....
What is a youth? Impetuous fire.
What is a maid? Ice and desire.
The world wags on.

A rose will bloom
It then will fade
So does a youth.
So do-o-o-oes the fairest maid.

Comes a time when one sweet smile
Has its season for a while...Then love's in love with me.
Some they think only to marry, Others will tease and tarry,
Mine is the very best parry. Cupid he rules us all.
Caper the cape, but sing me the song,
Death will come soon to hush us along.
Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall.
Love is the pastime that never grows old.
Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall.
Cupid he rules us all

Lyrics submitted by sillybunny, edited by Italia8989

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    General CommentFrom the soundtrack of Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet," this song was performed by Weston, with lyrics by Eugene Walter and music by Nino Rota.
    sillybunnyon August 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNot a major issue, but I believe the lines of "Sweeter than honey and bitter as gold" are actually "Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall." Thank you for posting, though, Sillybunny.
    Jinx_Dojoon February 09, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst stanza: Youth may only be defined by desire--not beauty nor age. The world transitions to the newest youth.

    Second stanza: Everything beautiful will fade.

    Third stanza: Love favors someone when things go "right." Some people are serious about it; others are just teases. Warding off love is a stupid idea because it rules everyone. Someone hears ironic metaphors, but they have truth inside them. Death is inevitable like falling in love. (The line "Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall" is an interesting simile because love is sweeter than the best thing on earth, but on the other spectrum it is not worse than the worst thing.) Love is the best feeling ever--sadness/hate, however, is not the worst feeling because they are not so different. Though youth grow old and succeeding generations may find new inventions exciting, love still wins out.
    Italia8989on June 07, 2014   Link

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