Shirley Bassey

Shirley Bassey - Yesterday when I was young

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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 g ame,
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 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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Copyrights:

Author: Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer

Composer: Charles Aznavour

Publisher: EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Details:

Released in: 2010

Language: English

Cover from: Charles Aznavour - Yesterday When I Was Young (1970)

Translations: Dutch

Appearing on: Her Golden Voice (1995) , Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (1998) , Diamonds Are Forever: The Concert Collection (2005) , Something (1970) , Contemporary Classics (2002) , Diamonds Are Forever - Her Greatest Hits (1995) , The Birthday Concert (1997) , The EMI/UA Years 1959-1979 CD3 - 1970-1972 (1994)

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