Yesterday, when I was young
The taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue
I teased at life as if it were some 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, at last, on weak and shifting sand
I lived my life and never asked the time of 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 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 is all about
And every conversation I can now recall
Concerned itself with me and nothing else at all

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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  • +1
    General Comment
    nod to the wise
    sdz896542on January 27, 2016   Link
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    General Comment
    @sdz896542 People always say that age brings wisdom. I have not found that to be true, you either have wisdom or you do not. Age brings perspective. If you have wisdom, this perspective can be valuable and insightful.
    BekkaZon June 16, 2020   Link
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    One way to read this song might be a warning about having too much firewater in the evening and a wicked hangover the next day.
    sdz896542on January 29, 2016   Link

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