It seems the love I've known
Has always been the most destructive kind
I guess that's why now
I feel so old
Before my time

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 game
The way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame
The thousand dreams I dreamed, the splendid things I planned
I always built to last 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 happy songs were waiting to be sung
So many wild 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 it were a wand
And never saw the waste and emptiness beyond
The game of love I played with arrogance and pride
And every flame I lit too quickly, quickly died
The friends 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 Lyrics as written by Herbert Kretzmer 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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