Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour - Yesterday When I Was Young lyrics

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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 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 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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Author: Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer

Composer: Charles Aznavour

Publisher: EMI Music France S.A.


Released in: 1970

Language: English

Cover from: Charles Aznavour - Hier Encore (1964, French)

Covered by: Eddy Arnold (1969) , Patricia Kaas (2002, French) , Patricia Kaas (2004) , Jan Rot (2007, Dutch) , Shirley Bassey (2010) , Carry Tefsen (2011, Dutch) , Julio Iglesias (2018) , Gigi De Lana (2021)

Appearing on: Het Allerbeste Van Charles Aznavour (2010) , Het allerbeste van (2010)

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