"Yesterday When I Was Young" as written by and Charles Aznavour Herbert Kretzmer....
Yesterday when I was young
The taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue.
I teased at life as if it were a foolish g ame,
The way the evening breeze may tease a candle fl ame.
The thousand dreams I dreamed, the splendid things I planned
I always built alas on weak and shifting sand.
I lived by night and shunned the naked light of the day
And only now I see how the years ran away.

Yesterday when I was young
So many drinking songs were waiting to be sung,
So many wayward pleasures lay in store for me
And so much pain my dazzled eyes refused to see.
I ran so fast that time and youth at last ran out,
I never stopped to think what life was all about
And every conversation I can now recall
Concerned itself with me and nothing else at all.

Yesterday the moon was blue
And every crazy day brought something new to do.
I used my magic age as if itwere a wand
And never saw the waste and emptiness beyond.
The g ame of love I played with arrogance and pride
And every flame I lit too quickly quickly died.

The friedns I made all seemed somehow to drift away
And only I am left on stage to end the play.
There are so many songs in me that won't be sung,
I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue.
The time has come for me to pay for yesterday when I was young.


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"Yesterday When I Was Young" as written by Fred Ebb Charles Aznavour

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    General Commentthis is a truly great song, and once more, no comments?
    it is so simply put, that one should never take anything
    for granted - and really, overindulgence in anything is
    too much - Roy Clark did not write this, but he sings it
    as if it IS HIS, and he was a bit wild when he was young
    so it fits - lastly, it was among the first country/western
    tunes to break in on rock-n-roll radio, one of the first
    true crossover hits
    rockboy52on July 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of those overly maudlin songs that just make me roll my eyes.
    epiwooshon January 22, 2014   Link

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