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Yesterday When I Was Young lyrics


Yesterday When I Was Young

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 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 that 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,
thanked 28 times
Submitted by masihmasih on 2011-08-04
Last edited by altermetaxaltermetax on 2020-07-23


tonyktonyk    Mon, 25/06/2012 - 05:28

It should be noted that this is the song's official English lyric, by Herbert Kretzmer. It is not a literal translation of "Hier Encore".

Grampa Wild WillyGrampa Wild Willy    Tue, 28/04/2015 - 14:03

Here is a video of the song:

Since this video gives the lyrics as well, I can point out some errors in the lyrics given above:

So many wild pleasures > So many wayward pleasures

concerned itself with me, and nothing else at all > concerned itself with me, me, and nothing else at all

And the time has come for me to pay for yesterday > Remove the word "And" at the start of this line.

When I was young > When I was young,

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